TWO goals from Matt Hockley led Bideford to a 4-1 victory over Chippenham Town.
Supporters at the Sports Ground have grown used to Hockley scoring from the penalty spot, as he did to put the Robins 2-1 up midway through the second half.
But they were probably not expecting the stunning second goal that put the seal on another captivating night in the Calor League on Tuesday.
In his five seasons with Bideford, Hockley has won two league titles and was named player of the year last term.
The defensive midfielder may start thinking about the goal of the season trophy as well after an unstoppable 30-yard drive ended Chippenham's challenge.
Three goals in the last 22 minutes settled a frantic match, which for long spells looked as though it could have gone either way.
During a 7-1 defeat to Bideford in February, Chippenham had thrown in the towel but that was not a criticism that could be levelled at them this time.
For at least 70 minutes they were in contention, only to be overwhelmed by the energy and clinical finishing of an unbeaten team.
With a break of 13 days until their next league fixture, Bideford manager Sean Joyce had insisted this was a must-win fixture. And players from both sides started like they wanted to get the game won inside the first 30 minutes.
"In the first half-hour I couldn't catch my breath," said Joyce. "We attacked, they attacked.
"Their defenders made some tremendous blocks – we just couldn't get away from them.
"I said at half time, 'I don't want to shut the game down because I believe in our attacking players'."
Twice Sean Downing whipped in dangerous crosses from the right which almost led to the breakthrough.
The first was cleared by Luke Murden, who had a superb game in the Chippenham defence.
Next, Downing's delivery was met with a downward header by Hockley and goalkeeper Ben John showed fine reactions to claw the ball away.
The follow-up shot from Ashley Yeoman deflected for a corner and this time Bideford made their pressure count. Matt Bye drilled his cross to the near post and Downing found a yard of space to head his fourth goal of the season.
As Chippenham responded, the towering presence of Alan Griffin up front gave Ben Gerring, Jack Furzer and Rob Farkins plenty to think about.
Griffin would not beat Usain Bolt over 100 metres but the striker had an excellent game, winning his fair share of headers and linking the play neatly.
After going close on two occasions, he found space from Joe McClennan's cross to nod the equaliser past Steve Oliver.
"He's an old-fashioned centre forward," said Joyce. "You don't see many players like him around these days. He caused us no end of problems first half."
Griffin was unlucky not to claim a second goal when he drilled low through a crowd and saw his shot skim the outside of the post.
Bideford's Craig Duff then felt like he deserved better fortune when he headed home a cross from Connor Clifford, only to have the goal ruled out for a push.
The visitors went close again early in the second half when Griffin hit the woodwork for the second time with a hooked shot.
But after drawing their previous three games having taken the lead, Bideford were determined not to let it happen a fourth time.
By pushing Downing up front for the last half an hour they gave Murden something different to think about at the back.
As Downing began to win his headers, suddenly Owen Howe and Yeoman found space around the box.
A burst of pace from Howe was the turning point as he was tripped by a dithering defender in the corner of the area.
Hockley stepped forward to restore the advantage, although John got a hand to the ball and almost kept it out.
Now Bideford were dominating and Yeoman provided home fans with a reminder of the sharp finishing so prevalent in his first loan spell at the Sports Ground three years ago. Again a corner from Bye caused confusion and the Torquay United man reacted to volley in from close range.
"He came alive in the second half," said Joyce. "He times his runs and he's a natural finisher."
Eight minutes from time, Hockley provided the crowning moment as Chippenham tried to clear another Bye corner. One swipe of his right boot and the ball arrowed into the top corner.