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Frampton win ten-goal spectacular

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 11, 2012

epic:   Steve Jackson (left) was sent off for Frampton in their 6-4 fightback against Berkeley Town

epic: Steve Jackson (left) was sent off for Frampton in their 6-4 fightback against Berkeley Town

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Berkeley Town 4

Frampton United 6

AN ELECTRIC game at the Nuclear Power Station ground saw one of the most incredible Gloucestershire County League comebacks ever.

Frampton United were trailing hosts Berkeley Town 4-0 in the lead up to half-time, before an epic turnaround saw the visitors leave with an incredible 6-4 victory.

The result leaves the hapless Hunters mired in trouble at the bottom of the league table, five points away from safety after defeats in 11 of their 14 games.

Without a hint of the drama that was to come, Berkeley started well and took the lead after 23 minutes after Sam Strickland crossed for Jamie Mackie to score.

Luke Palmer netted the second four minutes later from a goalmouth scramble and Strickland's expert finish, rounding the keeper before slotting home, made it three.

And when Tom Palmer converted Strickland's cross to make it 4-0 to Berkeley on 41 minutes, the Hunters were looking good for their third win of the season.

However, Frampton had other ideas and pulled a crucial goal back in the last minute of the half as Tom Paterson slammed home a loose ball after Zac Tyers' shot had been saved by Lee Mason.

The visitors scored their second goal in the 53rd minute as Chris Bulley's shot from the edge of the box flew past a helpless Mason.

And the lead was cut to just one goal shortly after the hour mark, Tyers heading home a left-wing cross before both sides were reduced to ten men.

Frampton's Steve Jackson and Berkeley keeper Mason were involved in a clash on the edge of the area that resulted in both players receiving their second yellow cards.

Forced to replaced their goalkeeper, Berkeley suffered most with the double expulsion and a new Frampton signing Mike Atwell-Smart took full advantage to level the scores.

But the drama wasn't complete as Karl Palmer touched home a free-kick on 85 minutes to give the visitors the lead for the first time.

And Palmer sealed a remarkable result with the tenth goal of the game in the final minute, slotting home after Ryan Vincent's pass to seal the three points.

The remarkable victory lifts County League new-boys Frampton up into seventh place in the table, 11 points behind leaders Tuffley Rovers.

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