Toolstation Western League
Premier Division
Bridgwater Town 3, Buckland Athletic 3

BRIDGWATER Town were held at home by Buckland Athletic on Saturday, but it was perhaps a point gained having been 3-1 down with five minutes to play.

Harry Horton was the hosts’ hero, scoring twice in fine style to rescue his side.

There was little to write home about in the opening 20 minutes of the game, as the sides battled wind and rain as well as each other at Fairfax Park.

But Jake Brown broke the deadlock in the 21st minute, as his left-footed cross towards the far post sailed all the way in to give the Robins the lead.

They were pegged back three minutes before half-time, however, as Buckland were awarded a penalty for Dave Thorne's challenge on Lloyd Gardener, and Rich Groves slotted in the spot-kick.

Groves was denied by home goalkeeper Jake Viney at the start of the second half, and he then put the visitors ahead in the 58th minute, as his free-kick from out wide dipped, bounced and made its way into the far corner.

Jack Taylor was unfortunate not to equalise within five minutes, seeing his shot blocked amid a goalmouth scramble, but on 67 minutes it was 3-1 to Buckland, as Groves finished off a counter-attacking move to complete his hat-trick.

That would seem to be game over - but substitute Harry Horton had other ideas.

He pulled one back with a superb half-volley from 20 yards in the 86th minute, and three minutes after that he scored a left-footed volley from the edge of the box to earn a point.

Bridgwater Town: Jake Viney, Dave Thorne, Finley Wilkinson, Mike Duffy (Harry Horton 75), Ross McErlain, Tom Ellis, Sam Towler, Dave O’Hare, Steve Murray, Jack Taylor, Jake Brown. Subs not used: Mark Armstong, Jake Llewellyn, Dave Pearse, Steve Laker. Attendance: 189

Bridgwater are in Les Phillips Cup action this Wednesday (October 30, ko 7.45pm), at home to Odd Down.