Two goals in stoppage time condemned FC Halifax Town to a 2-1 defeat away at Forest Green.
Magno Vieira and captain Anthony Barry stuck in a dramatic five minutes of injury time to earn the home side the points in the Conference Premier clash, while the Shaymen had Lois Maynard sent off for a second bookable offence.
It all came after Dan Gardner had given the Shaymen the lead with a 32nd minute penalty.
Despite the visitors defending resolutely for the majority of the game, Forest Green eventually broke through the Halifax back line.
Manager Neil Aspin’s side had looked good value to get at least a point from the game and were seemingly heading for their first away victory of the season, but saw all their hard work count for nought.
“We worked tremendously hard throughout the game, they haven’t broken us down,” said Aspin. “They haven’t really had a chance in the second half and then we ended up giving away a free kick that led to the goal that wasn’t even a free kick, and a sending off which was for nothing. Then we ended up losing the game – it is unbelievably hard to take.
“And then come off the pitch and you hear their players cheering and milking it in the dressing room, it is particularly galling.”
Aspin’s side can get straight back to winning ways in the Conference against to Grimsby tomorrow night at The Shay (7.45).
Brighouse Town are awaiting the outcome of the draw for the second qualifying round of the FA Cup, after coming through their first round clash with Crook Town with a 4-1 win at the Dual Seal Stadium.