Nottingham Forest youngster Jayden Richardson saw his season end in tears on Monday as Notts County lost in the National League play-offs.
County looked set for a semi-final with Wrexham, leading thanks to a Ruben Rodrigues penalty going into injury time.
It all unravelled, however, when Richardson committed a needless foul on the edge of his own penalty area.
The free-kick was whipped over and following a scramble, Gavan Holohan struck to send the game to extra-time.
Nerves were shot inside Meadow Lane and in the final minute of extra-time, the Marines stuck a dagger through the hearts of Magpies supporters.
Emmanuel Dieseruvwe scored a header to send Grimsby through to the semi-final and consign Notts to another season in non-league obscurity.
Richardson copped some flak for his moment of madness.
That is somewhat harsh, however. He’s been largely impressive for County, making 24 appearances in the National League during 2021/22.
Forest now have a decision to make over Richardson.
He will be out of contract on Trentside this summer and the club must now decide whether to offer him an extension.
It was perhaps a surprise that he was allowed to join a club in non-league.
Richardson has played for Exeter and Forest Green in the last two seasons and helped them both to the play-offs.
Richardson suffers Notts County disappointment and perhaps Forest need to be brutal
At 21-years-old, the academy graduate perhaps needs to continue playing regular football.
Given that he’s registered one assist from 24 games playing as a right-sided wing-back, it’s unlikely he will get a chance under Steve Cooper.
As a result, Forest might have to wish Richardson well and let him continue his career elsewhere.
The youngster has made four appearances for the first team this season; he made two outings in the Carabao Cup and came off the bench twice in the league.
Clearly, he’s highly thought of but at 21 game time will be paramount for his development.
That doesn’t look like coming on a regular basis at Forest and perhaps he will be departing once his contract ends this summer.