Tuffley Rovers produced a stunning comeback to snatch a point from local rivals Brimscombe & Thrupp, leaving both sides without a win after the sides played out a 3-3 draw at Glevum Park.
Goals in the 88th minute from Adam Bloomfield and a long range Jack Beardsell effort a minute into injury time saw Rovers deny the Lilywhites their first win of the season – after the visitors looked comfortable at 3-1.
Brimscombe started brightly and took an early lead through Jack Smith, after the forward headed into the far corner from Ollie Pitt’s left wing cross.
Just before the quarter of an hour mark the hosts were given a chance to level from the penalty spot. After Warren Mann’s effort from the edge of the box was saved by Ash Gale, Dom Kent’s follow up ricocheted around the box and was adjudged to have struck an arm.
Mann stepped up to see his penalty saved very well by Gale down to his right hand side. The visitors then did well to clear the resulting corner.
Just before the half hour mark that save looked crucial when Jonty Welch stepped up to curl a free kick into the bottom right corner. The former Longlevens man wrong footed goalkeeper Brad Newman to claim his first goal for his new club.
Warren Mann then limped off for Tuffley after going down in a challenge. The Tuffley man appeared to suffer a recurrence of the knee injury that threatened a long term absence, however thankfully Mann was able to walk under his own power afterwards and after the game.
Just before the break Dom Kent was set through twice. The first time he was found by Ash Bird, but he delayed his finish and slotted straight at Ash Gale. The second time however, Kent took it early and pulled Tuffley back into the game.
In stoppage time of the first half Welch stepped up and curled another free kick goalbound and it paid dividends when the ball crashed off the post and rebounded into the net off the back of Newman to restore Brimscombe’s two goal lead at the break.
The majority of the second half was spent in the Tuffley half as the hosts failed to gather momentum, but Brimscombe failed to really pepper the Rovers goal.
Smith headed over twice and both Henry Birkett and Jonty Welch fired wide as the heat began to sap the life out of players and spectators alike.
Brett James and Adam Bloomfield came on for Tuffley to try and inject a bit of pace and power to the forward line and Caldwell, Campbell and Major came on for Brimscombe, as they looked to see the game out.
The visitors were caught out with two minutes to go when a long ball forward bounced just short of the edge of the box and as Gale came out to collect he was beaten by Adam Bloomfield, who poked the ball home to reduce the deficit.
Sam Prior and his bench were livid moments later when a diagonal free kick into the box was clearly handled by Jack Phillips, who had both hands above his head as he jumped for a header.
That moment proved crucial as Jack Beardsell turned on the ball nearly 30 yards for goal and drilled in a low effort that flew past Gale and snatched the most unlikeliest of points for the hosts.
The former Fairford Town man’s strike sees Tuffley sit in 15th on 2 points, whilst Brimscombe & Thrupp are left lingering in 18th on just 1 point from three games.
Brimscombe’s quest for their first win of the season doesn’t get any easier, as they entertain unbeaten Westfields at The Meadow.
For Tuffley, they head to Shortwood United in the FA Vase on Saturday in an all Gloucestershire affair.
Tuffley Rovers: Newman, Earwaker (James 64′), John, Pritchett, Herbert, Phillips, Beardsell, Graham, A Bird (Bloomfield 64′), Kent, Mann (Bainbridge 35′)
Subs Not Used: J Bird
Brimscombe & Thrupp: Gale, Simpson, Bremner, Welch, Pates, Pitts, Green (Major 73′), Birkett, Smith, Blackie (Caldwell 85′), Pitt (Campbell 73′)
Subs Not Used: Pass, Wright
Severn Sport Man of the Match – Jack Beardsell (Tuffley Rovers)
Elsewhere in the Hellenic Premier, Lydney Town claimed a great point away at Westfields with a 0-0 draw to move up to 7th in the league. Bishops Cleeve put their weekend cup defeat behind them as they beat local rivals Longlevens 4-1 at Kayte Lane and a bad day in the office for Fairford Town saw them beaten 5-1 away at Shrivenham