Late Thomas strike wins it for Saints

Last Updated: Oct 29, 2013 07:04am
Southam, Stratford-on-Avon
By David Hucker
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Southam United moved into the next round of the Coventry Telegraph Challenge Cup when substitute Lee Thomas struck with just two minutes of extra time remaining to see off the challenge of Coventry Alliance side Woodlands.

Both sides had early chances with Brad Rees being denied by the home keeper in the 5th minute and Kieran Conway keeping Saints in the match with a good one-handed save shortly after.

Woodlands took the lead in the 21st from a free kick on the edge of the box that wasn’t cleared, but Saints had a chance to draw level, only for Chris Wilson-King to shoot too near the keeper who was able to save comfortably.

Ben Tennant was taken to hospital following a 39th minute ankle injury, being replaced by Casey Gaggini, and Saints went into the break a goal down.

Within a minute of the re-start, Aaron Donaldson was denied and Simon Hicks also had a good scoring chance, before Conway pulled off another save for Saints.

It should have been one all when Oli Manoochehri was clean through, looking certain to score, but he pulled his shot horribly wide. Another chance went begging as Manoochehri couldn’t get his head to a Chris Wilson-King cross from a short corner.

But Saints got their reward when, with just two minutes to go, Andy Wilson-King equalised to send the match into extra time.

After a goalless opening period, Hicks headed over from a corner, Thomas had a shot deflected and Gaggini also headed high, before Thomas (pictured) struck from the edge of the area in the 118th minute to send Saints through to the next round and another away tie at Coventry United.



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