WORCESTER City’s joint manager John Snape was left disappointed after an injury-time equaliser saw Midland League Premier Division leaders Coleshill Town snatch a late 3-3 draw against his side.

The visitors, who had a faultless record heading into the tie, battled back from an early Mark Danks strike to take a 2-1 lead into the closing stages.

That was until 21-year-old former Benfica winger Josh Sarmento came on as substitute, striking twice within five minutes to turn the tie on its head only for Sam Ford to break City hearts in the 95th minute.

Snape blamed his side for missing a host of chances in the first half which he thought would have changed the outcome.

“After the opener we could have gone in 4-1 up by half-time if people had finished properly. That would have been a fair reflection,” said Snape.

“The fact we have scored three goals at home is absolutely fantastic and the fact we have made enough chances is great.

“Defending wise we have left ourselves open but offensively that’s how I want us to play — to get at teams and have a go.

“Young Josh has come on and he’s exciting. That little bit of pace injection got in behind them a few times and not only did he score a couple but he created chances.

“It’s not the end of the world and we haven’t been beaten but both managers will be disappointed not to take all three points.

“There was disappointment in the dressing room and you could hear a pin drop.”

City got off to the perfect start when marksman Danks ran onto a through-ball within the opening 20 seconds before firing into the bottom corner.

Danks was in again during an open first half after Coleshill goalkeeper Paul Hathaway kicked the ball to him but he was equal to the striker’s effort.

Strike partner Dave Reynolds was next to go close, beating the keeper to a long ball before rounding him only to see his effort cleared off the line.

The second half saw the tide turn and the Warwickshire visitors probed for a leveller with keeper Matt Gwynne making a string of saves from winger Ryan Edmunds.

They eventually made the pressure tell on 67 minutes when Robert Evans latched onto a long ball before firing under the keeper.

Coleshill were in the ascendancy and looked favourites for victory when they took a 73rd-minute lead with striker Reece Leek running at the City defence before picking his spot.

But substitute Sarmento changed the game's momentum again, linking up with James Baldwin before rifling home the leveller with 10 minutes remaining.

Five minutes later Sarmento was in again, striking home what looked like the winner after Baldwin had laid the ball off for him inside the box.

But City buckled under the final spell of pressure and as the ball bobbled around Ford netted from close range.

City: Gwynne, Weir (Chiwara 52), Griffiths, Albert, Smith, Hayward, Birch, Forsyth (Baldwin 75), Danks (Sarmento 62), Reynolds, Smith. Subs not used: Palmer, Evans.

Attendance: 296.