Banton and Walker light the way as St Albans City march into the next round of the FA Cup

PUBLISHED: 09:35 19 September 2017

Zane Banton's flying header put St Albans City 1-0 up against Cambridge City in the FA Cup replay. Picture: BOB WALKEY

Zane Banton's flying header put St Albans City 1-0 up against Cambridge City in the FA Cup replay. Picture: BOB WALKEY

Archant

Confidence would have been a bit shaky among St Albans City fans as they took another 2-0 lead over Cambridge City - but unlike the first game between the two on Saturday, there was to be no comeback.

Charlie Walker heads home St Albans City's second goal. Picture: BOB WALKEYCharlie Walker heads home St Albans City's second goal. Picture: BOB WALKEY

In fact the biggest concern for the visitors came 63 minutes and four seconds into the match when Westwood Road was plunged into darkness following a floodlight failure.

Fortunately, and despite early moments of panic, the cause turned out to be a brief power cut in the area and once the halogen bulbs had taken enough time to cool down and reboot, the game was able to restart 20 minutes later.

Zane Banton and Charlie Walker got the goals in the first-half to give Saints a 2-0 win in the FA Cup second qualifying round clash.

Both goals can be summed up by fantastic deliveries and powerful headers.

The teams mill around in front of the dugouts after the floodlights failed. Picture: BOB WALKEYThe teams mill around in front of the dugouts after the floodlights failed. Picture: BOB WALKEY

First Kieran Monlouis whipped a curling cross in to Banton who was charging in at the back post and then Shaun Lucien’s accurate free-kick found Charlie Walker at the near post and he headed the second.

Prior to that it had been a highly-entertaining encounter, with chances at both ends in the opening 30 minutes.

Cambridge actually had the better of the opening exchanges with Tom Knowles to the fore.

He tested Dean Snedker after just 37 seconds and when the Saints keeper was beaten 10 minutes later, Solomon Sambou headed off the line.

Ben Herd makes a superb tackle to deny Tom Knowles of Cambridge City a sight of goal. Picture: BOB WALKEYBen Herd makes a superb tackle to deny Tom Knowles of Cambridge City a sight of goal. Picture: BOB WALKEY

Saints first opportunity fell to Walker who had a clear sight of goal inside the box but was denied by Niall Conroy.

The rebound fell to Monlouis but his shot was blocked.

St Albans had two more good chances shortly after, and again they fell to Walker.

Again, however, Conroy and his defence kept him out.

Shaun Lucien is beaten to a header by Cambridge City's Ian Miller. Picture: BOB WALKEYShaun Lucien is beaten to a header by Cambridge City's Ian Miller. Picture: BOB WALKEY

Snedker had made one fine stop before Saints opener and he had to make another six minutes after the break as Cambridge started looking for a goal to halve the deficit.

But one thing manager Ian Allinson has been wanting from his players over the last few weeks has been better game management and he would have been delighted with the way St Albans handled Cambridge in the second half.

It was impressive before the stoppage bur even moreso during and after, when the hosts pressed for a lifeline.

But that pressing gave space in behind them and it was Saints who came closest to adding to the scoreline when substitute Rhys Murrell-Williamson hit the crossbar in stoppage time.

Saints will now face either Bridport or Cadbury Heath in the next round at home.

Their replay takes place tomorrow (Wednesday).

St Albans: Snedker, Herd, Bender, Kiangebeni, Gardiner, Joseph, Lucien (Murrell-Williamson 84), Sambou, Walker (Merson 86), Monlouis, Banton

Subs (not used): Eshun, Eadie, Adeloye, Noble, Allinson

Goals: Banton 32, Walker 43

Cambridge City: Conroy, Robinson, Spence (Coulson 90), Paterson, Gent, Miller, Relizani, Towner, Wilson, Sharman (Snaith 74), Knowles

Subs (not used): Lyratzopoulos, Capel, Harradine

Goals:

HT: Cambridge City 0 St Albans City 2

Attendance: 276

Referee: Wayne Cartmel (Luton)

More news stories

30 minutes ago

An award-winning folk duo will be recording an album live in a village church in Hertfordshire this weekend.

38 minutes ago

Commuters will have to grapple with disrupted trains on their way home this evening.

16:47

Three people have been arrested in connection with theft in St Albans.

15:25

Religious groups in St Albans came together to discuss the possibility of peace between Israel and Palestine.

Most read stories

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the The Herts Advertiser e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Herts Advertiser weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy