Mursley held to draw after frantic finish at Totternhoe

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Three goals in a dramatic final five minutes saw Mursley United open their league season with a creditable 2-2 draw away at Totternhoe in Spartan League Division Two.

On a sun-drenched day, both teams struggled to get a pattern to their play early on, but it was Totternhoe who settled 
first and put Mursley under pressure.

Solid defending kept the hosts at bay but Totternhoe did create chances with Treacey just clearing the bar and Mursley goalkeeper Adam Garratt making two good saves low to his left.

Totternhoe finally take the lead on the brink of half time, though, as Mursley failed to clear an effort from Millard before the same player was on hand to neatly lob home.

Mursley came into the game in the second half and almost levelled but Lee Erswell struck a free-kick against the bar.

At the other end, Totternhoe continued to look dangerous but then went down to 10-men when a player was dismissed for 
violent conduct following some pushing and shoving in the Mursley box.

Playing against 10 men, United were able to stretch their opponent but it took until four minutes from full-time for them to finally equalise.

Good work from Niall Williams and substitute Paul Parkinson allowed Ben Brill to curl the ball into the top right hand corner of the net.

The match appeared to be heading towards a 1-1 draw until a dramatic few minutes in injury time.

Mursley seemed to have snatched all three points when Brill turned provider as his ball eluded the defence and Parkinson was on hand to slide the ball beyond the on-rushing keeper.

But, deep into injury time, the home side were awarded a penalty following shirt-pulling from a corner and Simpson slotted home, leaving both sides with a point.

This Saturday, Mursley visit Hale Leys United, kick off 3pm.