Bury Town's makeshift goalkeeper scores last-minute equaliser

Craig Nurse
Craig Nurse celebrates his dramatic goal with his team-mates

We all love a goalkeeper scoring a late equaliser. But in Saturday's FA Trophy match between Bury Town and Herne Bay this story came with a twist.

As the game went into injury time, Bury goalkeeper Neil O'Sullivan was sent off for handling outside the area while his side were trailing 1-0, forcing the hosts to hand the gloves to their midfielder Craig Nurse.

But when the Isthmian League Division One North side won a 94th-minute corner, Nurse went forward and scored a dramatic equaliser to take the second-round match to an unlikely replay.

"There's lots of firsts today - first time going in goal for a Ryman League club, first time scoring as a goalkeeper and first time being kissed by so many men," Nurse told BBC Radio Suffolk.

"The ball just went up in the six-yard box, loads of bodies, I took a few steps back and the ball fell to me. I can't really remember much after that, I just thought 'hit it clean' and shanked it in the bottom corner.

"If I'd have caught it better it may have hit one of the 10 or 15 bodies in there."

Bury manager Ben Chenery applauded Nurse's goalscoring exploits.

"It's funny because we had a corner before that and I'd held Nursey back and felt it wasn't right that one. Then we got another one and I thought, 'go on then'.

"He's very intelligent, he's hung about on his own on the penalty spot and it's fallen to him as he's falling on the floor and he's connected. The crowd's erupted and we've got ourselves out of jail."

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