Gareth Price struck deep into added time as Aylesbury FC got their season off to a dramatic start with a 1-0 win over Egham Town on Saturday.
The game looked to be heading for a goalless draw but a series of tactical substitutions and a never say die attitude finally paid dividends for the Moles.
Lynton Goss was the major influence in a first half which brought plenty of chances and his pass to Jamie Rudd in the second minute should have produced an early goal.
Brian Haule shot straight at the keeper four minutes later before the visitors had their first opportunity when Luke Neville could only find the set netting with a header.
At the midpoint of the first half Rudd struck a speculative shot which keeper Jamie Norris held, and Goss was the next man to attempt to break the deadlock with three chances in quick succession but each time he missed the target.
FC’s defence was rarely troubled as Kyle Anthony and man of the match Ben Stevens mopped up most of the danger before, at the other end, the best chance of the first half fell to Aston Goss when he broke clear, only to hit a weak effort that allowed the defenders to recover and clear their lines.
Aston Goss and then Rudd had half chances for FC to take the lead early in the second half before Lamar Simpson crossed for Lynton Goss, whose volley flew over the bar.
Although FC cranked up the pressure on the away goal, chances in the second half had been few and far between, forcing FC boss Steve Bateman to shuffle his pack to introduce some fresh legs.
Gareth Price, Ryan O’Toole and Terry Dixon were all brought on and this seemed to give the hosts extra impetus as spaces began to appear.
As FC pressed, however, there was also space at the back, but Jon Hippolyte just lost out on one-on-one chase with keeper James Weatherill.
O’Toole fed Gareth Price at the other end with the Egham keeper getting down low to block and as the game entered injury-time, Hippolyte had a golden chance to give the away team all the points but his powerful shot didn’t have the accuracy to find the target.
After that scare, FC fans would have been content with a point, but O’Toole had other ideas. His perfectly placed through ball fed Price, who fired a low shot across Norris and into the bottom corner, sending the home fans wild.
FC visit Chalftont St Peter on Tuesday.