Murrell-Williamson double send St Albans through in FA Trophy

Rhys Murrell-Williamson enjoys scoring. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Rhys Murrell-Williamson enjoys scoring. Picture: LEIGH PAGE - Credit: Archant

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.

Shaun Lucien is brought down in the penalty area. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Shaun Lucien is brought down in the penalty area. Picture: LEIGH PAGE - Credit: Archant

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 powers through. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

David Noble powers through. Picture: LEIGH PAGE - Credit: Archant

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.

St Albans City celebrate their opening goal. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

St Albans City celebrate their opening goal. Picture: BOB WALKLEY - Credit: Archant


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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.

David Noble fires St Albans City ahead from the penalty spot. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

David Noble fires St Albans City ahead from the penalty spot. Picture: BOB WALKLEY - Credit: Archant

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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.

Poole Town equalised from the penalty spot. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

Poole Town equalised from the penalty spot. Picture: BOB WALKLEY - Credit: Archant

“We’ve got to pick ourselves up again and turn these performances into results.”

Rhys Murrell-Williamson shoots. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

Rhys Murrell-Williamson shoots. Picture: BOB WALKLEY - Credit: Archant

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