Moneyfields strike twice in stoppage-time to snatch dramatic point against Wessex Premier table-toppers Horndean

Moneyfields completed a remarkable late comeback to snatch a draw against Wessex League Premier Division leaders Horndean at Dover Road.

By Lewis Mason
Tuesday, 18th January 2022, 9:56 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th January 2022, 9:57 pm
Substitute James Franklyn's last-gasp strike snatched a point for Moneyfields against Horndean Picture: Keith Woodland (181221-615)
Substitute James Franklyn's last-gasp strike snatched a point for Moneyfields against Horndean Picture: Keith Woodland (181221-615)

Steve Hutchings' injury-time penalty and substitute James Franklyn's 94th-minute leveller ensured an incredible ending as it finished 2-2.

Horndean were cruising to victory and on course to go five points clear at the Wessex Premier summit with earlier efforts from Connor Duffin - playing in a protective face mask after breaking his nose in the weekend win over Bashley - and Zak Willett.

But Moneys kept battling until the end and got their rewards with two stoppage-time goals to pick up what had appeared the unlikeliest of points.

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But Duffin was back out on the pitch four days after the incident and his curling free-kick gave Horndean the lead on 11 minutes.

When Willett rifled home his 28th goal of the season 10 minutes after the restart - moving him just one behind club leading marksman Duffin - the visitors were on track to move five points clear of second-placed Baffins Milton Rovers.

Things appeared to be going from bad to worse for Moneys with Hutchings sent to the sin-bin for dissent on 69 minutes and boss Glenn Turnbull receiving a red card soon after.

But they had a lifeline when Hutchings returned to the field, won and converted a penalty on 93 minutes.

Surely Moneys could not do the unthinkable, though, yet just a minute later Franklyn rounded Cameron Scott and slotted home to snatch a dramatic point to leave table-toppers Horndean on their knees.