It’s not often a part-time footballer from the seventh tier of the English game is mentioned in the same breath as some of the greats.

But, when it comes to scoring spectacular goals, St Ives Town midfielder Rogan McGeorge certainly belongs in the illustrious company of the likes of Wayne Rooney, David Beckham and Xabi Alonso.

McGeorge has something of a penchant for striking from close to the halfway line. He did it last season when playing for St Neots Town in a Southern League Premier Division game against Banbury.

And he was at it again yesterday - 13 months on - when representing his current set of Saints at the same level against the same opponents and beating the same goalkeeper.

Presumably McGeorge looks forward to facing the Oxfordshire side. Presumably Banbury number one Jack Harding is sick of the sight of him!

The shaven-headed midfielder’s latest moment of magic arrived in the third minute of a game in which St Ives saw a two-goal cushion wiped out and two valuable points slip through their grasp.

While the familiar feeling of disappointment during a difficult season was the over-riding emotion following the final whistle in a 2-2 draw at ProEdge Westwood Road, McGeorge’s stunning opener should not be overlooked.

It was a quite brilliant strike as he returned a clearance from Harding into the net with aplomb and the aid of one bounce from close to the centre circle.

McGeorge should also have had a penalty moments later when his cross was blocked by the hand of Banbury midfielder Jack Self, but referee Paul Forrester was unmoved.

The home side doubled their lead in the 25th minute when debutant Ollie Snaith – a midweek signing from lower-level tenants Cambridge City – managed to steer a header past a couple of defenders and Harding after being picked out by a Ben Seymour-Shove cross.

But holding onto advantages on home turf would certainly not be Saints’ specialist subject if they appeared on Mastermind. Unfortunately, they know all too much about conceding agonising late goals.

The latest lead was cut nine minutes before the break and was most unfortunate for returning Saints goalkeeper Tim Trebes.

He did superbly to get a hand on a fierce cut-back from Jefferson Louis, but succeeded only in diverting the ball into the path of Self for a simple tap-in.

Saints started the second half on the front foot with Seymour-Shove lashing an early half-chance wide before a deflection took the sting out of a Snaith effort which may well otherwise have troubled Harding.

Trebes then instinctively kicked away a Louis snap-shot at the other end before Snaith was unable to take Saints’ big opportunity to seal victory.

A heavy touch when bursting towards goal following a quick break allowed Harding to snatch the ball at his feet. It was a rare blemish during an otherwise enterprising first outing in a Saints shirt for Snaith, but it was one which ended in deadlock rather than glory.

Conor McDonagh’s equaliser in the 88th minute was the reason for that as he struck with a powerful finish from a tight angle. The ease with which the ball reached the Banbury substitute from a Ricky Johnson flick, and the time he was allowed to fire past Trebes, won’t have pleased manager Marheineke.

It could have been worse for Saints had the post not come to their rescue when Louis unleashed a fine curling effort from 20 yards with the final kick of the game in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Conceding twice in the final few minutes would have been beyond cruel for a side who leaked two late goals to lose their previous home fixture to Hitchin five days earlier.

Saints have only 13 points to show for their 22 league games so far this season. Frustratingly they’ve probably chucked the same amount away.

They have held the lead in their last five home Premier Division games, but have banked only five points in that time.

The club’s second campaign at Step 3 level is now all about survival. They sit third-bottom of the standings and nine points above basement boys Gosport Borough, who boast three matches in hand.

It could be considered rather fortunate that only the team finishing bottom this season will be relegated otherwise Saints would be in a much bigger pickle.

Given the display produced in this game – and many of their recent outings – a rise up the standings is a considerably more likely scenario than a drop any lower.

But it’s points, as well as performances, that Marheineke and his assistant, Jack Cassidy, need now.