TUNBRIDGE WELLS showed their fighting spirit and determination to secure a thrilling draw in the Southern Counties East League Premier Division, having been three goals down inside an hour.
With both teams seemingly evenly matched, Croydon took the lead halfway through the first half with a strike from outside the penalty area by Dominic Ogun.
Their lead increased ten minutes later when the former Tunbridge Wells player Joe Nwoko struck a speculative shot that somehow eluded Callum Hampson in the Wells goal.
The visitors created several chances but failed to take advantage of them. Then eight minutes into the second half Jordan Greaves put the home side further ahead.
It was then that the Wells stepped up their game, and on the hour Tom Pearson hit a drive that flew into the net. Five minutes later Jamie Humphris pulled another goal back.
With five minutes remaining, it looked as if the comeback would fall short when the Wells central defender Scott Whibley was sent off – making him the third Wells player in successive games to receive a red card.
But in the last minute of ordinary time Jason Thompson made up for his first-half misses with an emphatic shot to equalise.
That completed another high-scoring game for the Wells, who also drew 3-3 in the cup last week and saw seven and nine goals in their previous two league encounters.
After a weekend off Tunbridge Wells return to action against Hollands & Blair on Tuesday February 5 (kick-off 7.45pm).