Two goals in the final eight minutes steered Aylesbury FC to three important points at the weekend as they resurrected their play-off hopes.
The Moles have seen their charge up the table halted in recent weeks but Saturday’s 3-1 win over Beaconsfield SYCOB sees them move to within five points of the Division One Central play-offs with two games in hand.
A cagey start brought about few clear opportunities as Gareth Price twice cleared the crossbar while Brian Haule and Jeanmal Prosper both had half chances.
But on 35 minutes, the visitors took the lead when an optimistic shot from distance was deflected by an Aylesbury defender and landed at the feet of Aaron Berry, who stroked home to give Beaconsfield a surprise lead.
Price should have levelled almost immediately but Samuel Bunting made a fine fingertip save to preserve his side’s slender advantage.
The Moles were not to be denied moments later, though, when a corner from the left found prosper who poked home the equaliser.
Smith then clipped the top of the crossbar and Price fired wide as FC piled on the pressure in the second half before Bunting saved from point blank range to deny Haule.
It seemed like it would be one of those frustrating days but when Callum Bunting was sent off for a swing at FC’s Danny Gordon, the home side were given fresh hope.
And that hope quickly resulted in a second goal when a free-kick from Murphy found Gordon whose shot beat nestled into the corner.
Price then made sure of victory just minutes later, firing home from Smith’s pass, and the Moles now focus on Thursday’s game against Barton Rovers.