Ten-man Eastbourne Town claimed a precious point after coming from three goals down at home to fellow high-flyers Dorking Wanderers on Saturday.
Despite a comeback of epic proportions, results elsewhere saw John Lambert’s men drop to sixth in Sussex Division One.
However, a point on a day which saw the departing Steve Elliot dismissed looked unlikely as Town looked to lay memories of a 3-0 defeat in the reverse fixture on the season’s opening day to rest.
And they couldn’t have wished for a worse start. Charlie Pitcher took just seven minutes to open the scoring and Kev Terry doubled the visitor’s advantage 20 minutes later.
When Luke Pidgeon struck in the 66th minute they looked out of sight and Steve Elliot was given his marching orders in controversial fashion.
“I think the club are going to file a report on the referree because he was very poor,” said manager Lambert.
“But it seemed to galvanise the players as they thought that a bit of injustice had bene done.”
Substitute Liam Upton, who replaced Liam Baitup at the interval, was first to react as he pulled one back for the hosts and the ever-present playmaker Matt Maclean scored twice late on the complete the comeback in a dramatic fashion befiiting of the Sussex Division One.
“Nobody can question the character of this team now,” added Lambert. “From the jaws of defeat we’ve come back and it was a fantastic comeback.”
Town Team: Nessling, Henson (Summerbell), Sutton (Hollobone), McLean, Elliott, Kelly, Ellis, Darby, Clarke Baitup (Upton), Dryer.