CORSHAM Town boss Mel Gingell has spoken of his joy at his return to football after completing his six month ban.

Gingell, who was banned from all football activities from June until the end of December, returned to the dug-out in the most dramatic fashion possible on Tuesday night as he saw his Corsham side come from three goals down to draw 4-4 with Frome Town in an incredible Toolstation League Premier Division game at The Southbank.

And following the shock end to the game, a euphoric Gingell ventured he had played a part in the comeback.

Gingell said: "It was nice to be back in charge. I think sometimes a bit of me rubs off on some of those players.

“I'm very passionate and they can see me getting passionate and a bit of that rubs off on them.

“Our boys showed a lot of grit to come back. I was proud of them.”

Adam Heath gave Gingell a point on his return after the striker slotted home a 92nd minute penalty, following a soft challenge by Leigh Burke on Rob Pocock.

Gingell said the decision to award the penalty was correct, but Frome manager Andy Crabtree was furious a spot kick had been given.

He said: “I don't think it was a penalty and I don't think if you had 10 games it would have been a penalty in any of them.

“We wouldn't have lost had the referee not given a stupid penalty. All through the night I don't think the referee did us any favours.

“But we scored four goals away from home and we should have won the game.”

Corsham opened the scoring on 20 minutes when Steve Hunt played Jamie Cheeseman into trouble and Simon Gray robbed the tall defender, before shooting across Rich Fey and into the right corner.

Adam Heath nearly extended the lead seven minutes later but he sliced his lob wide with Fey bearing down on him.

The near-miss seemed to wake Frome up. First the unmarked Fussell cracked the ball off the underside of the bar and then Matt Rawlins skied the follow-up.

The Robins’ threat had been chiefly aerial and it was no surprise when they equalised through this route on 36 minutes.

A Fussell free kick from deep fell to Rawlins and the former Chippenham Town man hit a rising drive into the top left corner to level matters.

Corsham were fortunate not to suffer further damage soon after, when Matt Windle clattered into Rawlins when the striker was through goal.

But Windle escaped with only a yellow card and Salter struck the free kick inches over the bar.

The visitors went ahead a minute before the interval as a near post cross was not dealt with, and Rawlins snuck in and dinked over Joe Neale from close range.

It got better for The Robins soon after the break as a Neale error allowed Rawlins to pull back for late-arriving Duggan, who struck low into the net.

The match looked over on 53 minutes when Burke squared for Salter, and his weak shot found its way in off the post, much to the striker’s surprise.

Rawlins wasted a clear chance to make it five before James Ford gave Corsham the faintest of hopes, smashing home a terrific 20-yard drive at the second attempt.

Simon Millard should have restored the three-goal advantage and the visitors were punished soon after on 75 minutes, as Adam Heath floated home a delicious free kick to make it 4-3.

Fey was at full stretch to deny Liam Fullam several minutes later before Salter was brilliantly denied by Neale from close range.

Frome looked as if they were going to hang on but in the final minute of the game the hosts were given a lifeline.

Rob Pocock went down after receiving a lightest of shoves from Leigh Burke, and the referee awarded the penalty after consultation with his linesman.

With the visiting side shaking their heads in disbelief, Heath sent Fey the wrong way to seal an unlikely point.

Matters got worse for Frome as Duggan was sent off after the final whistle for calling the referee a cheat, according to his manager Andy Crabtree.