Ransomes Sports came from two goals down to secure a point against Halesworth Town but it took a stunning 89th minute penalty save from Ransomes custodian Callum Deacon to ensure the fight back had not been in vain.
Two first half goals from Summerfield had put the visitirs on course for the win but Ransomes fightback began when Drew Connick made it 2-1 in the 63rd minute before Adam Todd's cross deceived the keeper to level the game with 14 minutes to go. The visitors were then awarded that penalty for handball but Callum Deacon denied Summerfield his hat-trick by saving low to his left.
Noboby attended this fixture thinking they would witness anything approaching the mundane. The sense of a rollercoaster ride was endorsed within minutes of the kick off as Drew Connicks cross exposed the Halesworth keeper only for the visitors to clear. Halesworth responded via Summerfield after only 5 minutes when he took advantage of some poor defending and lifted his shot over Callum Deacon and the visitors were unexpectedly ahead.
Ransomes desire to play on the front foot was dictated partly by the fact that they had precious little option having gone behind so early in the game. Perhaps the game would have played out differently if Adam Todd had equalised on 13 minutes but he could only lift his shot over the bar after Anderson had failed to claim a cross from the right.
There was far more robustness to both side's play which became a test of endurance as Ransomes remained a side in search of a final ball. No such problem though for the visiting Halesworth. They were solid at the back and their graft was accompanied by the odd flash of incision in a first half of midfield headers, miscontrols and elusive openings - that was ubtil the 45 minute when a consequent failure to close down in the Ransomes defence allowed Chenery a free shot at goal. Callum Deacon made a decent save but Summerfield was on hand to slam home the loose ball and give Halesworth a two goal cushion at half time. It had been a litany of defensive errors as far as Ransomes were concerned and needing a response, they finally began to work Anderson in the Halesworth goal and he saved well from Franco Mallardo in first half time added on.
Ransomes start to the second half was sharp. They hogged possession and on 63 minutes they reduced the deficit. it was just the kind of decisive reaction Ransomes needed as Ricardo Phillips was at his creative best in providing Drew Connick with the opening he seldon misses - it certainly made things interesting. Halesworth wavered after that and when Bradley Barber headed over, the visitors discomfort began to show.
Ransomes are not easily daunted these days and they showed a willingness to press and attack their opponent which created an exhilaratingly high-tempo contest. By now Ransomes were at full throttle, winning all sorts of individual duels right across the pitch, but they remained behind.
Disaster then struck the increasingly busy Anderson in the visitors goal as he misjudged a deep cross delivered by Adam Todd which sailed beyond him and Ransomes were now level on 76 minutes. They continued to threaten as Anderson turned aside a Phillips free kick, and then he raced off his line to deny Connor Morley a strike at goal.
Payne then saw red (82) following a foul in a rare second half Halesworth sortie into the Ransomes penalty area, but the scene was set for one more unbeknown defining moment.
Halesworth refused to panic. With time running down - job done? Not quite. In the closing moments, after initially awarding a corner this was changed to a penalty, awarded to Halesworth for handball. Cometh the hour, cometh the man and as Summerfield stepped up to take the spot kick, it was well claimed by Callum Deacon diving low to his left - a goal at this stage would have been harsh on Ransomes.
Both teams had come to win and for all the brief flurries of drama, including the penalty miss, this was ultimately a match where both sides stymied each others hopes.