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3 May 2018

The Argus
Robbie Reinelt celebrates his equaliser at Edgar Street.

Saturday 3rd May 1997 - Brighton & Hove Albion were on the brink of dropping out of the Football League, following a turbulent season on the south coast which ended with a relegation showdown at Hereford United.

The teams were level on points going into the final day of the season, however the Seagulls found themselves one place above the Bulls, due to scoring more goals throughout the season - despite having an inferior goal difference.

Around 3,300 Albion supporters travelled to Edgar Street for an apprehensive afternoon of football, and their worst fears edged closer to reality when the hosts took the lead after just 21 minutes.

Tony Agana delivered a low cross after Albion failed to clear the ball inside the penalty area, and Kerry Mayo got the unfortunate touch on the striker’s delivery to send the ball past Mark Ormerod to break the deadlock.

Hereford took their 1-0 lead into break, but the Seagulls returned for the second half and pushed for an equaliser, as the relegation clock ticked towards full-time.

But in the 62nd minute, Albion’s supporters erupted in celebration when Robbie Reinelt raced into the penalty area and lashed home to make it 1-1, after Craig Maskell’s long-range effort cannoned back off the post into the striker’s path.

The hosts had a number of chances before the full-time whistle was blown, but Ormerod refused to be beaten and Albion secured the point they needed to retain their Football League status for another season.

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