Brackley Town boss Jon Brady was left “immensely frustrated” after watching his side throw away a 2-0 lead in a 3-2 home defeat to Lowestoft Town at St James Park.
It was a terrific second half fightback from the visitors, who recorded just their first away win of the season, while Brady was left wondering what might have been with the defeat leaving his Saints side once again flirting with danger near the bottom of the Conference North.
Brady said: “We were 2-0 up and with 20 minutes to play, we had enough on the pitch to manage this game and see it out but we did not do this, and now we are back in the dog-fight.
“Fair credit to Lowestoft who deserved their win. They pressed forward and took the game to us.
“Even though we were ahead, they had a good tempo and lots of energy and pressed to win the game. This is immensely frustrating but these are harsh lessons that have to be learned.”
Saints earned a half-time lead through Ryan Rowe’s fine strike on 10 minutes, which was preserved by Billy Turley’s superb flying save from Danny Crowe just moments later.
An excellent goal by David Moyo, sliding in to finish Greg Kazaboni’s cross on 55 minutes, doubled the lead and seemingly put Saints on course for victory, only for the Trawleyboys to come roaring back.
Crowe’s precise free-kick resurrected hope for the visitors before Jake Reed Wriggled away from two defenders and fired past Turley to bring the teams level.
The game was now in the balance as Turley twice saved well from Dean Mason and Ross Jarvis, while at the other end, keeper Ashlee Jones kept Ebby Nelson-Addy out after a fine Saints move.
Lowestoft increasingly enjoyed the greater possession and clearer chances and the comeback was complete seven minutes from time when Crowe headed home Lee Smith’s deep cross.
Saints’ Will Green saw his header turned around the post by Jones, who then blocked Kaziboni’s rocket that could have claimed a point for Brackley, before substitute Bradley Woods-Garness hit the cross-bar for the visitors.
Lowestoft were worthy winners and they now leapfrog Brackley, who this week go to Barrow.
Brackley: Turley, Samuels, Carruthers, Eddie Odhiambo, Sinclair, Austin, Nelson-Addy (Built 78), Whittall, Rowe, Kaziboni, Moyo (Green 78).