Bideford left it late to rescue a valuable point against title contenders Salisbury in the Evo-Stik League South West on Saturday.
Ryan Turner fired through a crowded penalty box deep into injury time to level the scores at 2-2 to stretch the Robins’ unbeaten run to five games in all competitions this month.
The 94th minute strike sparked jubilant celebrations at the Sports Ground – both on and off the pitch – at the end of a lively encounter watched by a crowd of around 350.
The draw saw Bideford move to within three points of the play-off places, and put a major dent in the title chances of Steve Claridge’s promotion-hopefuls.
It was the first time the two sides had met since the abandoned encounter in December. The match at the RayMac stadium was brought to an early finish by the referee with Salisbury leading 3-0.
On Saturday, the Whites started well and it wasn’t long before Steve Oliver’s goal was under threat.
Stuart Green looked certain to score after being put through in the eighth minute but Oliver excelled to clear the danger.
Salisbury then had a Claudio Herbert chance disallowed for offside but Danny Young eventually found the net for the visitors after being put through by Lewis Benson.
Things took a further turn for the worse when last Saturday’s four-goal hero Sean Downing was forced off through injury.
On Tuesday night, a Ben Seymour penalty earned Bideford a point in a 3-3 draw against Mangotsfied United. And Seymour was on target again from the spot a minute before half-time, levelling the scores at 1-1 after James Mayne was bundled over in the box.
Craig Allen went close shortly after the break but it was Oliver’s goal that saw the most of the action as Salisbury looked for a second.
The Bideford stopper made a number of big saves but he was unable to keep out Benson’s free-kick from the edge of the box with 15 minutes to go.
It was a sucker punch for Bideford, but with the crowd at their backs, they toiled to carve out chances as the clock ticked down.
In a frantic five minutes of injury time, Kevin Squire – on for the injured Downing – saw a header loop agonising over the crossbar by a matter of inches.
Oliver then made the save of the match, denying Young the chance to win the match in a one-on-one situation.
And in almost the last move of the match, Ian Sampson’s incredible desire to move the ball into the box from the right flank created the vital opening for substitute Turner to level the scores 2-2.
Bideford have a busy week, with four games in nine days, including a trip to Bristol Manor Farm tomorrow night (Tuesday).
The Robins travel to Evesham United on Friday, are at home to Taunton Town on Monday, and travel to Cinderford Town on Wednesday week.