Havant & Waterlooville clinched promotion to the National League for the first time in their history in the most dramatic fashion.
An 88th-minute goal from Jason Prior took them to a 3-2 win against Concord Rangers and the National League South title. It proved an emotional rollercoaster at a packed Westleigh Park as the Hawks went desperately close to blowing their chances. At half-time the hosts were coasting to the title – holding a 2-0 lead and in total charge.
Promoted by Play for Cars That all changed after the break when two Concord goals levelled the scores. With Dartford winning at Bognor, it meant the Hawks were off the top and staring the play-offs in the face. That remained the situation for nine agonising minutes until Prior knocked in the all-important winner. Lee Bradbury admitted he thought the Hawks had thrown their chance away.
The boss said: “I thought it was slipping away from us. The last seven or eight minutes were agonising.
“We just had to go for it and thankfully we came through. In the technical area we experienced every emotion possible – from joy to despair and back to joy again.”
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