Debutant Strachan sends Saints into semis
A MUCH-CHANGED St Neots Town team made it through to the semi-finals of the UCL League Cup after a Tony Scully penalty and a late winner from debutant Gavin Strachan saw off King’s Lynn on Saturday.
St Neots Town 2-1 King’s Lynn Town
A MUCH-CHANGED St Neots Town team made it through to the semi-finals of the UCL League Cup after a Tony Scully penalty and a late winner from debutant Gavin Strachan saw off King’s Lynn in Saturday’s quarter-final at The Hunts Post Community Stadium.
Neots will now meet holders St Ives Town at Westwood Road in the last four, although a date for the fixture has yet to be announced.
Both sides rested key players aplenty with Saints, in addition to central midfielder Strachan, handing starts to teenage midfielder Ollie Montique, who has impressed for reserves this season, as well as reserves centre-forward Bryn Williams.
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Matthew Hails in the visiting goal was the busiest keeper during a goalless first half, while Jamie Alsop kept Lynn on terms with a clearance off the line from Will Fordham following a corner.
Saints took the lead two minutes before the hour mark when assistant boss Tony Scully – making a rare appearance – scored from the penalty spot after Hails had brought down Mickey Hyem inside the box.
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Strachan made the tie safe on 85 minutes, slotting home at the far post from substitute Dan Jacob’s cross, before the Linnets pulled one back deep into added time through young defender Ryan Fryatt’s header.
There was also a late cameo for another Neots reserve player, Nathan Field, previously with Biggleswade Town, who can operate at either right-back or in midfield.
Saints: Trebes, D Moore, Hyem, Strachan, Fuff, Gent, Davies, Fordham (Davis 46), Williams (Jacob 46), Montique, Scully (Field 79). Subs not used: McShane, S Moore.