Roffey boss Julian Miller was left counting the cost of unavailabilities after his side rescued a deserved point against Ferring in injury-time on Saturday.
Elliott Hawkes netted late on to cancel out what looked like at 89th-minute winner from Ferring’s Ricky Neenan in the 3-3 draw in County League Division 3.
Miller said: “After being left short again through unavailability the result was probably a fair one as both teams kept trying and the game could have gone either way.
“This was a game that managers and coaches don’t like, but was entertaining for the supporters.”
The scoring started in the first minute when poor defending allowed Ferring to take the lead as Neenan fired home.
The home side hit back in the fifth minute when a Phil Awcock free kick was converted by Ross Hirschfield.
Roffey created numerous chances to take the lead, but Michael Spence and Paul White could not turn them into goals and on 35 minutes poor marking at a corner allowed Ferring’s Darius Amorphase to put them back ahead.
In the second half, Roffey started strongly and Duncan Hirschfield equalised when Hawkes set him up following a corner.
After this the home side dominated but further chances were missed by Luke Hickling, Hawkes and the visiting keeper made a fantastic save from a Awcock free kick which was heading into the top corner.
Ross Hirschfield then had a goal disallowed when finishing from a corner for a dubious foul.
Roffey kept up the pressure but still gave Ferring opportunities through bad defending and judgement and were made to pay on 89 minutes when the Neenan went through three half-hearted challenges and scored past Lewis Blaney.
The home side did, however, grab a share of the spoils as they deservedly equalised when Hawkes fired home after being set up by Duncan Hirschfield.
Roffey host Worthing Leisure in the fourth round Sussex Intermediate Cup on Saturday (1.30pm).
Roffey: Blaney, Simmons, Hancock, D.Hirschfield, Awcock, Spence, White, R.Hirschfield, Lawton, Hawkes, Hickling.