Leiston St Margarets battle back for draw in a thriller

Chris Sillett scored twice to put Benhall 3-1 up. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Chris Sillett scored twice to put Benhall 3-1 up. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

SIL Senior Benhall St Mary 3 Leiston St Margarets 3 Two goals in the final five minutes of this thrilling derby saw Leiston St Margarets grab a well-deserved 3-3 draw against Benhall St Mary.

Will Ridgard grabbed a goal to bring Leistin back to 3-2. Picture: PAUL LEECH

Will Ridgard grabbed a goal to bring Leistin back to 3-2. Picture: PAUL LEECH - Credit: Archant

In front of a large crowd, it was Benhall, the league-leaders, who drew first blood courtesy of Chris Sillett’s low drive from the edge of the box.

The Badgers doubled their lead through Tom Winter when second-bottom Saints couldn’t clear their lines.

But Saints pulled a goal back 10 minutes before half-time when former Red Seb Miller turned Charlie Morgan’s excellent cross into his own net.

Tane Backhouse grabbed the late leveller for Leiston. Picture: PAUL LEECH

Tane Backhouse grabbed the late leveller for Leiston. Picture: PAUL LEECH - Credit: Archant

St Margarets continued to take the game to Benhall in the second half, but fell further behind when a nicely-worked team move saw Sillett smartly finish.

Saints never gave up and with five minutes to go, Will Ridgard gave them hope after meeting Tane Backhouse’s cross to make it 3-2.

Substitute Sam Cloke then won a penalty in injury-time which Backhouse smashed in with one of the last kicks of the game.