Oakham United picked up three points in bizarre fashion on Saturday, over-turning a 4-1 deficit with four goals in the final 17 minutes at Pinchbeck.
United looked to be heading for their fifth game in a row without a win until skipper Eddie McDonald cracked home a 25-yarder to begin the fightback.
Alex Brockbank quickly reduced the arrears further and the striker netted two more late goals to claim his first hat-trick on Oakham colours, and salvage a victory that had seemed unlikely.
Nathan Arkle had given Oakham an early lead with a strike from the edge of the box but two defensive errors allowed Pinchbeck to lead 2-1 at half-time.
The hosts then scored twice more in the second half before Oakham’s late rally.
Brockbank rounded the Pinchbeck keeper for his first after being played in by Robbie Dance. He buried his second in a goalmouth mellee to level the game, and then scored Oakham’s fifth in the final minute of the game from just outside the six yard box.
Oakham’s joint boss Pat Johnson said: “At 4-1 down I would happily have taken a draw.
“I don’t know if they ran out of steam but we finally finished our chances off, and Brocky’s goal that made it 4-3 gave us the belief.”
Johnson was impressed by pat Donlan who made his first debut in place of the injured Jamie Forbes.
“It was his first game and he did really, really well,” said Johnson.
Fourth-placed Oakham have a big game on Saturday when they face Peterborough Sports Parkway, who sit second, four points ahead of Oakham. Oakham will be keen for revenge against a side that put a humbling ten past them last season. Saturday’s game at Catmose College begins at 2pm.
Oakham: Shane Hicks, Pat Donlan, Ben Cox, Tom Bain, Tom Gregg (Craig Welbourne), Robbie Dance, Eddie McDonald, Will Lee (Steve Smith), Ben Dickenson (Liam Hollingworth), Nathan Arkle, Alex Brockbank.