Great Harwood 3
RESURGENT Great Harwood made it five NWCL Division Two wins on the run as they celebrated a last gasp winner over neighbours Darwen on Boxing Day.
The Robins trailed 2-0 but launched a stunning fightback with top scorer John Eastham heading home at the far post in the final minute.
And they will hope to do it all again in their derby at Nelson on Monday (KO 3pm) as they look to keep climbing the league.
It was a never-say-die attitude from the Robins which secured them all three points at the Interlink.
Darwen had raced ahead with just 20 seconds on the clock when a speculative long range shot from Almond slipped under the body of the normally reliable Bobby Harris - it was the first goal Harwood had conceded in more than four hours of football.
The Reds fought back and pounded the visitors goal but the Darwen defence held firm thanks to Matt Woods and keeper Andrew Morris. On 20 minutes another defensive blunder, this time by captain Ryan Fisher, resulted in number two for Darwen as he diverted a cross into his own net.
John Hughes' side didn't give up though and they got their reward when Yaqoob Khan burst through the middle, held off the defender's challenge and fired between the keeper's legs to make it 2-1 at half-time.
Harwood kept attacking after the break with the visiting goal leading a charmed life as Eastham, Khan, Ed O'Neill, Dennis Hill and Fisher all came close.
And the inevitable equaliser came in the 67th minute when Cypriot Theophanous was floored in the area.
Eastham stepped up to take the spot kick and despite Morris getting his fingertips to the ball, the ball landed in the back of the net.
Hughes went all out for the win and put on the tall Gordon Watson to partner Eastham up front with Khan moved to the left.
And it proved a masterstroke in the final minute when Khan delivered the perfect ball into the area and Eastham charged in at the far post to head home his eighth goal of the campaign.
There was no time for a fightback from Darwen and it was just a shame only 121 fans watched the tremendous advert for non league football.
They will hope for a repeat on Monday - to make it a very happy holiday for Harwood.