Spartans had to come back from a goal down to beat plucky Eyemouth in this incident-packed Central Taxis East of Scotland match at Ainslie Park.
And watching it with at least one eye open was assistant boss Gary Smith – who had celebrated his 50th birthday the night before.
He said: “I had to keep myself at least half sensible because I knew we were up against it.
“It’s fair to say Spartans were the better side, but I think that if we got the calls from the referee that we should have, we could have got a result.
“We were denied a couple of good penalty shouts and on one of them the referee gave the free kick the other way.
“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”
The Borders side, currently basement dwellers in the division, were under pressure from the off, with Blair Atkinson beating the offside trap, only to look on as his shot was well saved.
Despite the city men dominating the half, it was the visitors who took the lead on the 35th minute mark.
A corner whipped in to the penalty area found Eyemouth centre-half Darren Bowie, who thumped his header low into the ground and it bounced into the back of the net.
However, the Fishermen’s lead was short-lived. A free kick just two minutes later was whipped in with pace to find Andy Howat in space. His first effort from the head was saved, but the rebound found the back of the net and it was all-square going into the break.
Ten minutes into the second half and Spartans took the lead ... a great pass from Brad Raiker found Sean Stewart out wide and the winger cut inside before unleashing a strike that nestled in the back of the net. Howat was denied his second of the match when his shot hit the woodwork.
The decisive goal – a curled effort from Maclean Simpson – finally arrived after fine play down the left flank from Paul Dickson.
The Borderers had to see out the final three minutes with 10 men after Ross Wylie was sent off for protesting.
Eyemouth: Mutch, Boyne, (Wylie), Love, McInnes, Bowie, Lauder, Scott (Anderson), Wyman. Tillbrook, Campbell and Walker.