Murrell-Williamson double send St Albans through in FA Trophy
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Two goals off the bench from Rhys Murrell-Williamson sent St Albans City in the first round proper of the FA Trophy after a 3-1 win at home to Poole Town.
The winger replaced Shaun Lucien in the 68th minute with the scores at 1-1 but needed just three minutes to cut inside from the right and fire beyond Nick Hutchings in the Poole goal.
And he repeated the trick at the end of normal time to seal City’s involvement in the next round.
David Noble had put St Albans ahead from the penalty spot in the first half only for Steve Devlin to level with a penalty of his own moments later.
The win snapped a losing streak that has seen Saints win just once in the last eight games across all competitions.
Manager Ian Allinson said: “It was pleasing from my point of view as we have been in a sticky patch over the last five or six weeks.
“But I felt we were playing good football and the spirit was still with the players so we just needed a bit of luck here and there.
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“It was nice to have a full squad to pick from.
“It was nice to progress in the cup and it was to stop the run of defeats.
“We’ve got to pick ourselves up again and turn these performances into results.”