FOR Evan Horwood, tomorrow will mark the return to a stadium which is regularly the scene of midnight flashbacks.
It was during last season’s fixture at Colchester United that the Pools-born ace thought he had salvaged a point with a blazing free-kick just two minutes from time.
But referee Oliver Langford had other ideas and, when Peter Hartley handled outside the penalty area, the man in black stunned all inside the Colchester Community Stadium when he pointed to the spot.
U’s striker Ian Henderson accepted the gift and duly fired home to steal a 3-2 win for the hosts.
“I still have flashbacks about that, I really do,” Horwood told SportMail today.
“I think about it a lot because it was just one of those things where the fans have paid a lot of money to go down and the referee does that – it was just ridiculous.
“I scored the free-kick to make it 2-2 then Peter handballs about three yards outside the box and he gives a penalty.
“We just could not believe it.
“The referee might as well have given us a phone call before the game and told us not to bother coming down.
“It still annoys me even now because I’ve never seen anything like it, it was just incredible.”
Tomorrow’s game reunites Horwood with his old boss at Carlisle United, John Ward.
And the Pools ace admits he has nothing but respect for the 60-year-old.
“John is one of my old bosses and it’s always nice to see him because I got on well with him,” said Horwood
“He was good for me at Carlisle and he’s someone I tried to keep in touch with.
“He’s done a good job at Colchester and they’re just ahead of us in the league now, so it should be tight.
“But we could do with a win to get back in the top 10 and get closer to beating last season’s points total because, for me, that’s the aim.”