Tring Athletic late show denies Holmer Green as Toone makes a point

Adam Toone, left, bagged a late equaliser for Tring Athletic against Holmer Green.
Adam Toone, left, bagged a late equaliser for Tring Athletic against Holmer Green.

Adam Toone pounced deep into stoppage time to earn a point for Tring Athletic against a resilient Holmer Green side.

It was a far from vintage display from Tring after their midweek win over high flying Ampthill Town, but Toone’s late header ensured the game finished 1-1 at The Grass Roots Stadium.

Athletic made the brighter start of the two sides and half chances were squandered by Toone and Graham Hall, before the latter was fed by Chris Vardy and forced an excellent save from Green keeper Dan Little.

The visitors had barely threatened the Tring goal, but they pounced in the 32nd minute to open the scoring with their first real attempt of the game.

Tring lost possession on the right wing, and Ashley Kelynack raced forward to set up the unmarked Dean Powles who calmly slotted the ball home.

The goal signalled a clear shift in momentum, and Holmer started to dominate proceedings as the game went on.

With 15 minutes to go Tring were kept in the game by two brilliant saves from keeper Liam Watson who denied Powles and then Dean Allen from point blank range.

With the last throw of the dice Tring brought on Ryan Sturges for Haris Hodzic, and the change made a difference as the hosts pushed forward for an equaliser.

Vardy saw one effort saved and another shot cannon back off the bar, while Toone had a header cleared off the line as Tring looked set for defeat.

To their credit, though, the hosts continued to battle and the equaliser finally arrived in the 97th minute as Sturges crossed for Toone to head home his first goal for the club to rescue a point.