With 20 minutes left decent crosses from both Davis and Josh Wakefield came to nothing and then the latter then had a shot blocked before it looked as though Town had finally succeumbed to the increasing pressure when Davis went agonisingly close from another set-piece in the 83rd minute.

From the left-edge of the box, the midfielder curled a delightful effort that crashed down from the underside of the bar with Connor well beaten but neither the referee or assistant felt the ball had crossed the line much to the frustration of all those in claret and blue.

Late on Carmichael saw his deflected shot fly wide from 25 yards while Town’s Grocott smashed a free-kick well over with time running out for the home side.

Indeed, after Davis’ near-miss, hopes of salvaging a point had all but evaporated going into three minutes of added time but that man Davis came to the rescue as he picked out Rose with the last action of the match, and the centre-back showed great composure to tuck neatly past the despairing Connor to rapturous, if somewhat relieved, applause.

Terras: Travers, Brooks, Buckley, Wells, Rose, Carmichael, Davis, McCarthy, Thomson, Goodship (Baker 58), Wakefield (Rodriguez 85). Subs not used: Sa, Prodomo, Down.

Stratford Town: Connor, Evans, Thomas, Gallinagh, Recci, Francis, Summerfield, Fry, Taylor (Marsden 77), Grocott, Ahenkorah (Luckie 65). Subs not used: Clark, Hancock, Bako.

Attendance: 611