Conor Moors converted a last gasp penalty corner to give Bournemouth a 'massive' 3-2 win over South League Premier Division 2 West promotion rivals Staines - a result that sits the Lions up nicely for Saturday's lunchtime crunchtime clash with table topping Surbiton at Chapel Gate (12 noon).
If Bournemouth can avenge the 8-0 autumn mauling they suffered in South London, they will close the gap on Surbiton (31), who enjoy a four-point lead over the Lions at the top.
Bournemouth twice came from behind to win - Alex Betts giving Staines a 1-0 lead which the hosts held on to until shortly after the break when Moors [left above] equalised from a short corner.
A team is frequently vulnerable after its scored and so it was for Bournemouth as Ben Floyd soon restored the Staines lead to make it 2-1.
With Bournemouth pressing higher, the match became stretched and the direct style of Staines became more effective. They were thwarted through some last ditch tackling and saves.
Bournemouth continued to be dangerous and finally got their second when link up play between Rob Clowes and Hugh Creaney-Birch down the right saw the ball played across goal, with Matt Underhill tapping in from close range.
Drama ensued with time running out. Bournemouth put their foot down in search of a late winner and Creaney-Birch took the ball along the baseline, evading the goalkeeper who had rushed out to close the angle.
He passed to Underhill who pushed the ball towards goal. It hit a Staines foot and then ended up in the goal. The umpire had not allowed the advantage and the goal was ruled out. Rather than a penalty stroke being awarded, which seemed logical for everyone present, a short corner was the end result.
The full-time whistle was then blown and Bournemouth had a huge opportunity to win away from home for the first time since the opening day of the season. Conor Moors stepped up to flick high, with too much power for the keeper who could only wave at the ball as it flew into the goal. Final score - Staines 2:3 Bournemouth.
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