Isaac Johns’ second half strike was enough to earn Longlevens a 2-2 draw against Lydney Town in a game that could have gone either way.
His goal came after Lydney had come from behind to lead at Saw Mills thanks to goals from debutante Joe Jeremiah and Lewis Halford.
The visitors started well and as Longlevens looked nervy, however neither side could really carve out any goal-bound efforts.
Just after the quarter hour mark Longlevens had serious shouts for a penalty when Tommy Callinan’s shot appeared to be blocked by the hand of the defender on the ground. The referee wasn’t interested though.
But eight minutes later the hosts broke the deadlock through Elliot Kennedy’s 4th goal of the season. After the initial effort was saved by Mullan in the Lydney goal, Kennedy was left a simple nod home from three yards.
From there Longlevens grew into the game and nearly doubled their lead when Will Emery curled an effort against the bar from about 25 yards out.
Then a key couple of minutes before half time changed the game. First, after Harry Emmett had an effort saved on the left side of the box, Brad Martin also sent his effort crashing off the crossbar from the resulting corner.
With seconds then remaining of the first half a Jack Rutter corner was headed home by Forest Green loanee Joe Jeremiah on his first day with the Hellenic League club.
The second half saw Kennedy replaced for Longlevens as he appeared to tweak a hamstring just before the break.
Lydney again started the half better and peppered the Longlevens box with free kicks and corners and it was very little surprise to see them take the lead on the hour mark.
Again it was a corner from their left that Longlevens couldn’t deal with and after Brad Kear’s header rebounded off the post, Lewis Halford was left to nod home and put the visitors in front.
Longlevens were huffing and puffing to get an equaliser and it didn’t look like coming until Harry Emmett’s corner was cleared back to him, he then cut in and drilled a low effort that Mullan could only block into the path of Johns, who thundered the ball home.
Neither side had too many chances to win the game, for the hosts Brad Martin fired off target as did Will Emery, but the best chance to win the game fell to Lydney Town’s Halford, who saw his effort well saved by Kane Winman in the Longlevens goal.
In the end it was a fair result, with both sides feeling like they could have won or lost the game and they now move onto FA Vase action this weekend.
Longlevens host Hellenic League Division One West side Tytherington Rocks to Saw Mills, whilst Rich Kear’s Lydney side travel to Fairford Town in our featured game this weekend.
Longlevens: Winman, Emery, G Callinan, Kavanagh, Long, Johns, T Callinan, O’Connor, Kennedy, Martin, Emmett
Subs: Haswell, McClean, Cornell, M Emmett, McGuirk
Lydney Town: Mullan, Baldwin, Morgan, Price, Elliott, Hamblett, Sheen, Rutter, Kear, Jeremiah, Halford
Subs: English, Dawson, Sheppard, Toombs
M&S Roofing Man of the Match: Joe Jeremiah (Lydney Town) & Isaac Johns (Longlevens)