Cinderford Town 3 Tiverton Town 2

WITH just seven minutes left, it looked like for all the world, Cinderford Town’s unbeaten league home record was about to end.

But a courageous late comeback not only extended the run to 14 games, but clawed back a win that seemed inevitable for the first hour of an absorbing match.

Lorcan Sheehan’s stunning double and a late, late goal from Nick Rhodes gave the Foresters’ another crucial three points against an overly physical Tiverton Town side.

Sheehan put Cinderford 1-0 up after just two minutes. The midfielder latched onto a poorly-cleared corner before lashing home into the far side of the net from outside the area.

Tiverton did their best to disrupt the hosts’ work with a series of niggling fouls and some more serious challenges. As a result, the half-time whistle came with no change in score.

Smith had home fans out of their seats with a spectacular effort 56 minutes in. The forward’s free-kick came back out to him on the corner of the box and his curling effort looked destined to maroon Perry en route to the top far corner, but the shot was just inches too high.

But after 62 minutes of near-domination, Cinderford lost their lead when Tiverton’s Ben Mammola headed home a second successive corner, looping the ball into the opposite side of the net.

Ten minutes later, Moore was inches away from regaining the lead with a header, before sliding in to a teasing Keiran Thomas square on the goal-line. His connection with an out-stretched foot wasn’t quite good enough and the ball somehow went over the bar.

It seemed like luck had forsaken Cinderford, and they found themselves behind when Levi Landricombe, Tiverton’s dangerous striker, pirouetted on the edge of the area and fired an unstoppable effort to Alex Harris’ right.

John Brough’s men pushed, however, in search of an equaliser. Shell-shocked but not shaken, they found their reward through Sheehan’s long-range, left-footed shot just two minutes later.

The shot was as clean a strike as he could have hoped for, but Cinderford weren’t done. And so when Rhodes bundled the ball in after 90 minutes, Smith, Brough and assistant manager Gerry Oldham reflected the delirium in the stands.