A late penalty from Nat Pinney sealed a 1-1 draw against Whitehawk in a pulsating Boxing Day local derby.
In a very high-paced and feisty match, that saw both teams finish with 10-men, Steve King’s Whitehawk took the lead on 28 minutes.
Defender Marvin Hamilton should have cleared the danger and Danny Mills capitalised as he headed beyond Lewis Carey.
Mills almost doubled the advantage soon after as a surging run and shot crashed off the cross bar.
Elliott Romain was a lively presence up front for Borough and he came close to equalising as he beat two defenders but his shot was somehow saved by the feet of Craig Ross, the former Borough goalkeeper.
Whitehawk looked comfortable after the break and played some good football but Borough gradually worked their way back in the game. Jack Evans was denied as his superb free kick, that was heading for the top corner, was well saved by Ross.
Borough were reduced to 10-men when Evans was sent off for his involvement in a melee after Kayne Hayesman had fouled Sergio Torres - Haysman was also booked.
But Tommy Widdrington’s men were not to be denied. Four minutes into stoppage time Whitehawk’s Nick Arnold fouled Romain as he was about to shoot. Arnold was dismissed and Pinney scored from the spot to gain a well-deserved point.
Widdrington said, “The draw was probably fair. Whitehawk had better possession but they failed to work our keeper Lewis Carey. On the other hand Craig Ross had an outstanding game which reflects the scoring chances we created.
“We had two strong penalty appeals before the one that was given. On the red card for Jack Evans, it was a foul on Sergio Torres who has then made it look worse. In a full bloodied local derby this happens, but it doesn’t mean the referee has to flourish yellow and red cards left, right and centre.”
Borough are next in action at Maidstone United on Monday and then they take on Whitehawk once again on January 2.
Borough: Carey - Stone, Khinda-John, Hamilton, Beale - Simpemba, Evans, Collier, Romain, McCallum - Pinney.