An undeserved last gasp goal condemned a battling Hurst Green Youth to a third Rround exit from the Lancashire Syndicate Cup.
In an exhilarating match, at Smithy Row, the Green started brightly and took the lead following a superb flick from Tyler Baron onto striker Ollie Shipston, who controlled the ball and smashed it under the keeper.
Ramsbottom equalised 10 minutes before half-time when the Green defence failed to deal with a routine in swinging corner.
The Green went back in front after the break when Dec Barnes was fouled as he powered towards the area.
The referee produced a red card for the Ramsbottom defender, and from the free kick, George Young unleashed anunstoppable 25-yarder into the keeper’s top left corner.
However, the visitors equalised following some indecision in the Green defence.
In an epic finale, the crowd were enthralled as both teams sought the winning goal, and Ramsbottom got it in injury time as their striker found himself unmarked in the six-yard box.