Eastbourne Borough again learnt how cruel the world of football can be as Bath City, and their companion on the day, Lady Luck, struck a 90th-minute equaliser to deny the Sports what would have been their third, and deserved, successive win.
With 70 minutes on the clock, Borough were 2-0 up and in control against one of the league’s high-flyers but, after an unfortunate own goal from captain Ollie Rowe, momentum took a 180-degree swing and the Romans took full advantage to ensure it was honours even at the final whistle.
It was the visitors who enjoyed the best chances of the opening exchanges at Twerton Park as home ‘keeper Jason Mellor made a diving save to deny Chris Shephard’s set-piece effort after just seven minutes before being called into action again to push Elliott Charles’ follow-up header over.
It wasn’t until 15 minutes later though that the deadlock was broken as Kezie Ibe calmly lobbing the ball over an advancing Mellor’s head to propel Borough into a welcomed lead.
The Sports doubled their advantage on the stroke of half-time as Charles climbed high to head home a quintessentially perfect Shephard delivery after the winger was fouled.
Making his debut for Borough, Jamie Smith showed flashes of the quick-footed, skillful ability that caught the eye of the club’s management as he almost notched his first goal for the club – his fizzing, long-range effort just being touched behind the goal by Mellor.
Borough shot-stopper Craig Ross made a superb, one-handed save on the hour mark but there was nothing he could do 15 minutes later as the ball took a deflection off Rowe to pull a goal back for the home side.
It was hearts in mouths for the Borough contingent in the ensuing moments as Bath’s Charlie Griffin saw his header rebound off the crossbar before Mark Preece fired over from just ten yards out - the Sports desperately clinging onto their slim, one-goal cushion.
However, as has been the case far too often already this season, one of the last kicks of the game denied Borough all three points.
It was another unlucky goal to concede as the ball cannoned haphazardly around the area before being scrambled home by Romans captain Gethin Jones to ensure each side pocketed a point, which moved the Sports up to 12th in the Blue Square Bet standings ahead of their trip to strugglers Maidenhead next Saturday.
Borough: Ross 8, Johnson 7, Cole 6 (Hamilton, 90), Uddin 6, Rowe 6, Watts 6, Hart 6, Smith 7, Ibe 7 (Lok, 90), Charles 7, Shephard 8. Unused subs: Raymond, Knight, Gorman