Weymouth 1 Saints 1

Sambou spurs second-half recovery to set up replay against Weymouth

By Ian Hall
St Albans City manager Ian Allinson has urged his side to replicate their second-half performance away to Weymouth in the FA Trophy throughout the rest of the season.

The Saints came from behind to draw 1-1 with the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division South leaders on a wet and cold afternoon in Dorset.

The Third Qualifying Round tie saw midfielder Solomon Sambou – playing in a more advanced position – bring City level after 47 minutes with a strike from 15 yards.

Sambou’s equaliser spurred on the Saints, who turned in a second-half display that was significantly more vibrant and cohesive than the first 45 minutes.

Weymouth had started the contest with vim and vigour, pressing the visitors into mistakes. The first period also saw the Saints make a series of unforced errors, further buoying the home fans. So it was no surprise that the Terras surged into the lead – a powerful drive from 20 yards by captain Jake McCarthy zipping off the wet surface into the centre of the Saints net.

The Saints were a changed side in the second half but failed to capitalise on significantly greater possession and were unable to bag a winning goal. Weymouth also forced chances in a game that was overall evenly matched and could have gone either way.

Allinson said:

In the first half we were a little bit anxious on the ball. The second half was excellent – it’s just a shame we didn’t finish the game off. I want that second half replicated for the rest of the season.

The replay will be at Clarence Park on Tues 27 November 2018, kick off at 19.45.

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