BOWERS & Pitsea completed a remarkable turn-around to advance at Egham Town’s expense in the FA Trophy, with a little help from their goalkeeper.

Having led, Bowers appeared to have thrown the tie away – despite playing more than an hour with a man advantage – when they conceded an injury-time goal.

But, just three days after Bowers had let in an injury-time goal to a keeper to draw at Mildenhall Town, away stopper Callum Chafer plundered a 94th minute leveller to send the match into extra-time.

Lewis Manor put Bowers ahead to send the away fans into delirium only for Matthew to complete his treble from the penalty spot with three minutes of the additional 30 minutes remaining.

But David Knight, who already had one goal to his name, scored a second straight from the restart.

There was still time for Tony Stokes to add a fifth as Bowers completed a 5-3 win to set up a tie at Margate on Saturday.

A week after the original replay had been postponed because of floodlight failure, Bowers took on the Evo-Stik South East side and they started well.

With 15 minutes on the clock, Bowers were handed a double boost.

Knight was fouled by Mitchell Wiseman on the edge of the penalty area after he raced through, with the home defender shown a straight red card.

Denied a goalscoring opportunity, Bowers may have felt hard done by but Knight was to make Egham pay.

The striker hit the resulting free-kick low and hard and into the bottom corner.

Chafer had to be alert to tip over an attempt as Egham bid to get back on terms.

And five minutes before half-time, they did. Matthew unleashed a fierce drive which found the top corner.

Still with a man advantage, Bowers pressed forward. Stokes saw an attempt cleared off the line before the break, and the away team were the brighter at the start of the second period as well.

Jamie Dicks thudded a free-kick off the post only for a moment of madness to make it 10 a side.

Jamie Salmon was deemed to have stamped on an Egham defender with 12 minutes remaining to make it anyone’s game.

And what drama injury-time had in store.

It appeared as though Egham had won it when Matthew scored in the 91st minute, only for Chafer to step forward.

The goalkeeper made it 2-2 to keep Bowers’ hopes alive.

And it was the away side that struck first in the final 30 minutes.

Substitute Manor headed Bowers in front with just 11 minutes of the tie remaining before the next twist.

A foul in the penalty area with just three minutes left on the referee's watch handed Egham the chance to draw level.

And Matthew made no mistake, completing his hat-trick only for Bowers to strike back immediately.

Knight scored to put Bowers 4-3 up, with Tony Stokes netting a fifth with the final kick as Rob Small’s team finally booked their place in the second qualifying round.