Brimscombe & Thrupp guarantee 6th placed finish after goalkeeper scores late equaliser

With five minutes to go it seemed as if Brimscombe would cruise to a 4-2 win after Eli Simpson gave his side some breathing space over Flackwell Heath at The Meadow.

The Lilywhites were in a commanding position heading into the final stages, with an opportunity to go within two points of 5th placed Flackwell seemingly about to be taken by Sam Prior’s team ahead of the return fixture on the final day of the season one week later.

However, an 89th minute penalty converted by Dean Allen set up a tense final few moments, with the scoring not finished yet.

In the 5th minute of time added on by the referee, a corner gave the visiting side a glorious opportunity to come away with a share of the spoils. James Tripp, who was filling in for the usual first choice Flackwell stopper David Lyons, rose in the penalty area to nod home the 8th and final goal of the game.

It marked the third game in a row that Brimscombe have hit four goals past their opposition, with Burnham and Abingdon United the two previous teams to ship a quartet of goals to their Nailsworth opponents.

With Binfield having completed their quota of fixtures for the season already and Longlevens way off the points tally of Brimscombe, the result confirmed Sam Prior’s team would finish the season in at least 6th position in the Hellenic Premier League.

A local derby befalls The Meadow this evening when Jody Bevan’s Fairford Town are the visitors, with the Cinder Lane side yet to be clear of relegation worries that looked a distant memory a few months ago.