The FA Trophy semi-final remains finely balanced as the Hawks and Gosport Borough fought out a 1-1 draw in the rain at Westleigh Park.
A nervous mistake-ridden first half ended goalless with neither side creating a clear-cut chance.
Gosport caught the Hawks napping two minutes into the second half to break the deadlock.
When the hosts failed to cut out a long forward ball, Tim Sills drilled a low shot into the far corner.
Stunned by the goal, the Hawks hit back to equalise in the 59th minute.
Nic Ciardini worked himself a good position before thundering a low drive through the crowded goalmouth into the bottom corner.
The Skrill South rivals will meet again on Saturday at Privett Park (3pm), with the winners advancing to a Wembley final against Cambridge United or Grimsby Town on Sunday, March 23.