SUPER-SUB Stefan Brown scored a dramatic late equaliser to earn Basingstoke Town a point at home to Eastbourne Borough on Tuesday night.
Having led 1-0 at half-time, Town looked set to lose a fourth consecutive match as they conceded two poor goals from set-pieces to trail late in the game.
However, roared on by a vociferous home crowd, Basingstoke refused to give in – and they were rewarded when Brown levelled the scores deep into injury-time, securing a point that lifted his side out of the Blue Square Bet South relegation zone.
Town manager Jason Bristow said: “Getting that goal could be massive for us. We made it hard for ourselves again by conceding two poor goals – but scoring at the end means we have stopped the rot.
“I am really pleased for Stefan Brown as well. He showed good strength and it was a fantastic finish with his weaker foot.
“He has had to be patient but he is a talent and he offers us something different to our other forwards. We brought him in with the long-term in mind but he has started to get goals and hopefully he can build on that.”
Brown will be hoping his fine cameo earns him a place in the starting line-up against AFC Totton, his old club, in the FA Trophy next Saturday.
Town are without a game this weekend as scheduled opponents Boreham Wood are in FA Cup action. That fixture will now be played on Monday November 12.
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