Gary Ridgway kept Leighton Town’s dreams of Wembley Stadium alive with a last-gasp equaliser against Corinthian Casuals in the FA Trophy.
Ridgway hung in the air deep into stoppage time to nod home Phil Draycott’s free kick as salvage a 3-3 draw, forcing the tie to a replay tonight (Tuesday).
Few could have predicted the glut of second half goals following a goal-less first period, though the home side had Dan Green to thank for keeping Casuals at bay with a fine stop on the stroke of half time.
It took 12 second half minutes for the visitors to take the lead as Jamie Byatt headed past Green.
But the lead lasted barely two minutes as Draycott teed up Christian Lester to equalise with a header off the post.
The goal scoring for Leighton didn’t stop there with Draycott and Lester working together, racing up the pitch they found the head of Senla, who headed the ball into the back of the net putting Leighton 2-1 up.
A goal mouth scramble in the 65th minute saw Green parry the ball away but it found the feet of Byatt who slotted the ball home, making it 2-2.
It looked as though Corinthian had pinched it though with 12 minutes remaining when Byatt beat the offside trap to complete his hat-trick.
But Leighton continued to pressure for an equaliser, and deep into stoppage time, Draycott’s free kick found Ridgway’s head, sparking huge celebrations from the home bench, forcing the tie to a replay for a spot in the second round.