Herbrandston remain deep in relegation trouble following a dramatic late loss at Goodwick United.

The visitors seemed set to stun the league leaders when they led 2–3 with just seven minutes to go, but Tom Jones converted two late penalties for the home side to give them a vital win.

A pulsating first half saw Herbie twice come from behind to leave the game 2–2 at the interval. New signing Rhys Dalling opened the scoring for Goodwick after rounding keeper Martin Langdon, but the visitors struck back through Ashton Plunkett. The striker pounced on a loose ball in the area and fired home from close range.

Dalling then broke through and clinically fired home for his second, before Simon Mathias again leveled matters when he finished off a strong run with a powerful finish from just inside the area.

The visitors then took the lead after the break. Midfielder Matthew Price drilled in a low shot which keeper Carl Woodhouse could only parry into the net.

The away side missed further chances but seemed set to hold out for a crucial win before they conceded two late penalties which Jones confidently finished.

Herbrandston manager Modesto Galdo said that despite the result, he was proud of how his side played: “We fought really well and should have won the game.

“I can’t believe how unlucky we were to get nothing.”

Herbie now lie one place and two points above the relegation zone, but have played two more games than nearest rivals Clarbeston Road.

Goodwick United: Carl Woodhouse, Kieran O’Brien, Steve Lewis, Anthony Couzens, Wayne O’Sullivan, Karl Hedley, Ryan Thomas, Tom Jones, Johnny Horgan, Steve Evans, Rhys Dalling. Subs: Carl Lewis, Darren Devonald.

Herbrandston: Martin Langdon, Carlo Giannuzzi, Daniel Munn, Leigh Galdo; Sean Williams, Nico Giannuzzi, Matthew Price, Simon Mathias, Craig Nicholson, Ashton Plunkett, Nathan Banner.

Referee: Dean Boswell.