DAVE Langston’s Rocester side were left devastated after they threw away a win at Westfields in the final seconds of the match.
The Romans were leading 2-1 as Saturday’s clash went into injury time.
But a mad few moments saw goalie Richard Froggatt drop a clanger, Ryan Grocott get sent off and Darren Bullock concede a penalty as the Hereford side levelled in the 95th minute.
Westfields — last season’s outstanding side in the Midland Alliance — got revenge for a 4-1 defeat to Rocester which killed their title hopes in April.
And Langston and his side, excellent this season, were left licking their wounds.
“To lose in the last 30 seconds was heartbreaking,” said the Romans boss.
“Froggy (Richard Froggatt) took a cross and chucked it quickly to Ryan Grocott — but it went straight to their centre-half.
“Ryan fouled him, got sent off for his second yellow and the free kick came in.
Darren Bullock handled it and they smash the penalty in.
“In literally 30 seconds we went from 2-1 up with 11 men to 2-2 with 10 — I couldn’t believe it.” Langston went to win Saturday’s game and admitted a draw felt like a defeat in a shell shocked dressing room at full-time.
“We went at them with the same shape I use at home to win the game,” he said.
“We had the ball in the net three times as well (one disallowed) and the first goal for them was offside.
“A lot of teams will go there and not get anything, but the lads’ heads were in their hands after.
“We could’ve gone third if we had kept it at 2-1.
“I said ‘we’ve lost that game’ but Slotter (physio Mick Ede) said ‘come on, we’ve drawn!’ “That’s how it felt, like we’ve lost.
“I wanted to win here — and Westfields have improved — and we want to win the league. We led both times but drew.
“Froggy came in screaming ‘what have I done?’ “He was just gutted, like the rest of the lads.” Despite the disappointment, Rocester are still handily placed in fourth and host Alvechurch on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.
Langston could reunite last season’s strike pairing of Chris Sterling and Jordan Nadat, dropping Edwin Ahenkorah to the bench — despite Cardiff City being the latest club to have a look at the pacy front-runner.
“Sterls and Jordan are looking better than Edwin at the moment,” said the Romans boss.
“Cardiff came to look at Edwin against Westfields and Evesham United put seven days’ notice in for him — before we told them he’d signed a contract with us! “At the minute Sterls and Jordan are playing better so they’ll get the nod.”