PATERSON STUNS SAINTS IN A CITY CUP COMEBACK
ROBBIE NIGHTINGALE hailed his battling Cambridge City side as they came from behind twice to snatch a replay against higher league St Albans City in a sixgoal thriller.
The Evo-Stik South East side found themselves two goals down early on against the National League South Saints, but managed to draw level in the second-half.
Nightingale’s side then fell behind again before Ross Paterson headed an 82-minute equaliser.
“It was our best performance of the season, the boys deserve immense credit for coming from two-nil down against a club joint top of the National League South,” Nightingale said.
The high-flying Saints took the lead in the 13th minute. Shaun Lucien delivered in a dangerous cross that Jordan Gent attempted to clear. The Cambridge defender failed to get it away and it bounced into the path of Rhys Murrell-Williamson who struck a powerful half-volley that left Niall Conroy stranded.
That lead was doubled just five minutes later when Percy Kiangebeni played an excellent through ball into the path of Sam Merson. The St Albans front-man powered through and lobbed the ball over Conroy.
Solomon Sambou almost made it three when he found himself one-on-one, but Conroy blocked the midfielder’s effort.
Cambridge slowly came into the game and the pressure eventually told on the stroke of half-time.
A long ball forward was headed down by Gent into the path of Ryan Sharman and the Cambridge man made no mistake poking the ball past Dean Snedker.
Their confidence continued to grow after the interval and they equalised in the 66th minute with an excellent finish from Lewis Wilson. The forward received the ball on the edge of the area and turned brilliantly before hitting a superb effort into the top-corner that left Snedker with no chance.
The home side responded well and were back in the lead less than ten minutes later. Substitute Zane Banton delivered a perfectcross from the left that Merson met with his head and planted into the bottom corner.
St Albans, however, again failed to hold onto the lead. Ross Paterson towered above the home defence to head Knowles’ 82nd minute corner over the line and send the game to a replay.
“We switched off, we got sloppy and full credit to Cambridge City, who made the most of us being poor after the first twenty minutes,” Saints boss Ian Allinson said. “I’m just happy we’re still in the draw.”
PAT ON THE BACK: Ross Paterson wheels away after his late header pulls Cambridge City level
PLAY IT AGAIN SAM: St Albans’ Sam Merson heads in for 3-2