A thunderous last minute equaliser by Winslow United substitute Kam Ettah earned his side a 1-1 draw against Buckingham Town in the first leg of the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup at Elmfields Gate on Tuesday evening, writes Andy Bone.
It was the visitors who started brightly and they twice had the ball in the Winslow net but both goals were chalked off for offside.
The Robins continued to enjoy their bright start as United keeper George Anderson twice produced good saves to deny the visitors as the sides went in level at the break.
But Buckingham eventually took the lead through Alex Carroll nine minutes into the second half.
Winslow started to come into the game on the hour mark as Ryan Freshwater hit the crossbar and O’Grady hit a half volley narrowly wide.
Kyle Stimpson was then put clear for the visitors but he shot wide past the advancing Anderson.
It was Town who continued to perform and it appeared that they would take a first leg lead until the final minute when Ettah latched onto a through ball on the edge of the box and unleashed an unstoppable strike past Carl Knox in the visitors goal to take the sides into the second leg all square.
Buckingham manager Daniel Kingston said: “It was a useful run out for us, we kept the ball well and played some decent football.
“Two of our back four were 18 years old – Massimo Colucci and Saloman Kazongo – and they both gave good performances. It’s important for us to have good young players coming through.
“We had two first half goals chalked off for offside and I’m told the second one in particular was very dubious but we also missed at least three one-on-ones so we had the chances to put the game to bed even without that goal.
“We weren’t ruthless enough last night and subsequently conceded an injury time equaliser, these things happen.
“We have a tough game on Saturday against the league leaders but we will stick to our principles of playing open, attacking football because I really don’t see the point in trying to play defensively in the position we are in. We have to be brave and back ourselves.”
Winslow: Anderson, O’Grady, Freshwater (Ettah), Kaspryk, Donaldson, Setterfield, Fraser, Hazell, Brady, Potter (Hull), Bishop.
Buckingham Town: Knox, France, Cooney, Collocini, Kazongo, Smith, Phillips, Carroll, Shepherd, Mitten, Stimpson.