Harry Emmett netted twice as Longlevens edged past Tuffley Rovers 3-2 in a very entertaining and end-to-end Gloucester derby.
The opening of the game was fairly cagey, with both sides feeling their way into the game. Emmett weaved his way through the left side of the box before firing his cross across the box.
Ross Langworthy tested Ash Wintle in the Longlevens goal after catching a long ball, cutting back from the byline and firing in an effort that was well saved.
As the game approached the half hour mark Brett James fired a one on one opportunity wide before a mistake from Longlevens centre back James Barnett allowed Dom Kent to charge in one on one with Wintle, before slotting home to break the deadlock.
The goal stunned Longlevens who had just began to look the most lively, but they weren’t working Tuffley keeper Alex Avenell.
With five minutes left of the half Jay Kennedy’s cross into the box nearly caught out Avenell, who did well to claw the ball out from under his own crossbar.
Avenell was beaten shortly after when Ben Williams’ diagonal ball into the box was met by a thunderous header from Harry Emmett to bring his side level.
Longlevens were in the mood from there and nearly went in at the break in front, but Avenell somehow kept out a fierce Brad Martin effort on the spin.
Langworthy then found himself one on one with Wintle at the opposite end of the pitch, but he could only fire wide.
After the break the chances continued to come for both sides, with Jay Kennedy curling wide from 18 and Macaulay Herbert’s spectacular volley well saved by Wintle in the Longlevens goal.
On the hour mark Brad Martin produced a moment of magic to put the hosts in front, as he clipped a delightful chip over Avenell and into the net after the initial ball in was blocked.
The stunning effort saw the momentum shift into the hosts favour for the next ten minutes or so as Longlevens controlled the tempo of the game.
Dom Kent was slipped in down the right corner of the box on the break for Tuffley, but his driven effort was well saved by Wintle low to his right.
Wintle then went from hero to zero as a long ball forward saw the keeper come charging out of his goal. A poor touch from Wintle saw the ball fall to Ross Langworthy, who duly dispatched from 25 yards.
The equaliser saw the momentum shift back the way of the visitors, but out of nowhere Harry Emmett was one on one with Avenell with just under 10 minutes to go and the former Cheltenham Town youth product slotted home to claim all three points for his side.
Longlevens move up to 7th in the Hellenic Premier whilst Tuffley sit in 15th position. The hosts have a busy Bank Holiday weekend, with an FA Cup tie at home to Northwood on Saturday and a trip to Bishops Cleeve on Monday – whilst the visitors host Brimscombe & Thrupp in a Bank Holiday Monday fixture.
Longlevens: Wintle, Dunn (T Callinan 45′), Long, Williams, Barnett, Emery, Merrick, Kennedy (Powell-Davis 81′), O’Connor, Martin, Emmett
Subs Not Used: G Callinan, Westcarr, Winman
Tuffley Rovers: Avenell, John, Maisley, Earwaker, Herbert, Phillips, Mann (Graham 65′), Beardsell (Briscoe 65′), Langworthy, Kent, James (Waugh 82′)
Subs Not Used: Pritchett, Bird
Severn Sport Man of the Match – Harry Emmett (Longlevens)