Last-gasp goal keeps Town’s FA Cup hopes alive

A 96th-minute goal left Harrogate Town celebrating at FC United on Saturday
A 96th-minute goal left Harrogate Town celebrating at FC United on Saturday

A goal six minutes into added time kept Harrogate Town’s FA Cup dream alive at FC United of Manchester on Saturday.

Joe Colbeck struck with almost the last kick of the game to earn his side a 3-3 draw, Simon Weaver’s men fighting back from 3-1 down in the third qualifying round clash at Broadhurst Park.

Top-scorer JP Pittman handed Gate a 25th minute advantage when he cut inside on the right edge of the penalty area and showed neat footwork before firing past Dave Carnell.

The visitors survived a couple of scares, Peter Crook being forced into action and Joe Colbeck clearing off the line, but the Red Rebels eventually pulled level just a minute before the interval.

Dale Johnson was the man to find the net, finishing at the second attempt after Crook had saved his initial header.

Town made the worst possible start to the second period, falling behind just two minutes after the resumption after Harry Winter’s far-post finish.

And when George Thomson curled home a free-kick in the 64th minute to put the home side in control at 3-1 it looked like game over for the men from the CNG Stadium.

Andy Gascoigne arrived from the substitutes’ bench to head home a Leesley corner and give his side hope with 11 minutes remaining.

With Town in desperate need of an equaliser Warren Burrell nodded over what looked like it might be the last chance of the game.

But with 96 minutes on the clock, one last throw of the dice saw Pittman pick out Colbeck who netted to set up a replay.

FC United head to CNG on Tuesday evening as the sides battle it out for a second time.