BEN HUNT came off the bench to score a 90th minute winner for Lewes at Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday to keep alive their hopes of avoiding the drop.
With the score at 1-1 as the clock ticked into the final minute it looked like Rooks would have to settle for a point before the striker drilled a low shot into the bottom corner to send the visiting bench into rapture.
The impressive Andy Hutchinson had earlier given Lewes the lead at the end of the first half with an opportunist header following a mistake from Hawks keeper Aaron Howe.
The hosts had missed a series of good chances in the first 45 minutes, but Mustafa Tiryaki made no mistake on 67 minutes when he buried Guiseppe Sole’s pullback to draw Havant level.
The Hawks continued to muster the better chances but Tim O’Shea’s side never gave up and carved out one final piece of drama with Hunt’s winner right at the death.
Bishop Stortford’s 4-0 win over St Albans made Lewes’ victory all the more crucial. The two meet on Easter Monday at The Dripping Pan in what promises to be a crunch relegation decider.
Second-bottom Lewes now go into that game level on points with Thurrock but behind on goal difference, and three points off Bishops Stortford.
Rooks final game of the season then comes the following Saturday when they travel to Boreham Wood.