NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: St Ives Town create history in the FA Cup as they join St Neots Town in the third qualifying round
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St Ives Town manager Ricky Marheineke hailed his history-makers following a famous FA Cup triumph last night.
Second-half goals from teenage defender Sam Cartwright and substitute Ollie Snaith earned a 2-0 replay victory at Grantham Town.
Not only did Saints pocket £9,000 in prize money, they also advanced to the third qualifying round for the first time.
Their reward is a trip to former Football League club York City, who currently play in National League North, on October 6.
Marheineke said: “We probably showed Grantham a bit too much respect in the first game at our place on Saturday by matching them up.
“Last night we set up differently to try to exploit what we felt were their weakest areas and it worked for us.
“We could have had a couple of goals early on and we certainly could have had more in the second half when we tore Grantham apart. It’s no exaggeration to say it could have been 5-0 or 6-0.
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“It was a great occasion and a fantastic group of players did us proud.
“I’m delighted for the chairman and everyone connected to the club, and I have to place on record my thanks to the fans who made the trip on a Tuesday night to get behind us.
“The tie at York in the next round is a great reward for everyone. Of course we’ll be massive underdogs, but we go into every game believing we can win and this one will be no different.”
Saints joined fellow locals St Neots Town in the third qualifying round.
They booked their place last Saturday with an unforgettable comeback success, recovering from 3-0 down to beat Romulus 4-3 thanks to a last-gasp winner from Dion Sembie-Ferris.
Matt Clements’ men discovered the identity of their third qualifying round opponents last night when fellow Southern League Premier Division Central side Coalville triumphed against Northern League Premier Division outfit Buxton in a replay.
Coalville won 4-1 and will now visit the Premier Plus Stadium on October 6.
Third qualifying round ties carry £15,000 in prize money.