VIDEO: Watch the highlights - Holbeach United goalkeeper is goalscorer in dramatic finish

Ricky Drury. Photo: STEVE RELF
Ricky Drury. Photo: STEVE RELF
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Emirates FA Cup second qualifying round - Holbeach United 1 Worcester City 1

Tim Howard, Asmir Begovic, Peter Schmeichel, Brad Friedel and Paul Robinson are five Premier League goalkeepers famed for their goalscoring exploits.

But can any of them claim to have scored a goal quite as spectacular and dramatic as the one Ricky Drury netted in FA Cup action for Holbeach United on Saturday?

As the Tigers threw everything into attack in search of a last-gasp equaliser, Drury rushed up from his own box for a free-kick in the fourth minute of stoppage-time and got the sweetest of connections to Andrew Tidswell’s set-piece.

It deservedly earned the Tigers a draw and a replay against their Conference North visitors - three tiers above Holbeach on the non-League ladder.

Drury was mobbed by players and fans alike in scenes not witnessed at Carter’s Park for many a year.

Ecstatic boss Darren Jarvis said: “I’m just so pleased for the lads and also the club. This result is for everyone involved with us.

“Our preparation was key. The players took it all on board and it was just a huge club effort.

“I believe over 90 minutes nobody could have denied us a victory. Their manager was very gallant and said a draw was the least that we deserved.

“Special players make special moments in games and Ricky has certainly done that. The fact he’s scored a goal with an overhead kick is amazing.”

Drury’s save to deny Lee Hughes, who headed City in front after 70 minutes, also drew special praise from his manager and was worth the admission money alone before his super strike at the death.

Jarvis added: “Ricky’s save from Hughes was just as incredible. Hughes will have forced many keepers into many saves over the years, but I doubt many will equal that one.

“I’ve seen keepers score in non-League and at the top level, but not many as good as that and under such dramatic circumstances.”

At no point in the tie were the Tigers outplayed by their higher-league visitors.

In fact before Hughes opened the scoring for the visitors, Holbeach should have been in front.

Twenty minutes into the second period, Jordan Thomas found himself one-on-one with Worcester City goalkeeper James Severn.

He had strike partner Josh Ford square for a tap-in, but opted for glory himself and fired his shot straight at the the keeper.

Even after they had fallen behind, Holbeach never gave up hope.

Midfield maestro Ollie Pinner thought he’d levelled the tie with a towering header from another Tidswell free-kick with six minutes to play, only for the flag to be raised for offside.

Cue the moment for Drury, knowing that his team had to score or they would be out of the FA Cup.

As the ball floated towards him, Drury launched himself at Tidswell’s set-piece and connected perfectly to rifle the ball into the bottom corner.

It sparked unbelievable scenes of celebrations, but it was no more than Holbeach deserved.

Worcester joint-boss Matt Gardiner said: “If we are being ultimately critical we should have seen the game out, but what a finish from the lad who has come up for the goal.

“I think Holbeach deserved something as they were great all afternoon.”

Holbeach United (4-4-1-1): Drury, Worthington, Ward (sub Gosling 83 mins), Pinner (sub Bull 85 mins), Cartwright, Warfield, King, Tidswell, Ford, Thomas, Gale (sub Clitheroe 75 mins). Subs not used: Roberts, Dougill.

Worcester City (4-4-2): Severn, Minihan, Gudger, Morris, Sharpe, Waldron, Vincent (sub Nti 60 mins), Gater, Hughes, Harrad, Jackman (sub Deeney 60 mins).

Referee: Amy Fearn.

Goals: Hughes (70 mins, 0-1); Drury (90 mins, 1-1).

Booking: Ford.

Attendance: 396.

Star man: Ricky Drury.