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Stevenage 4-1 St Albans

Steve Morison
Steve Morison's brace saw Stevenage through

Stevenage Borough won through in the FA Trophy after overcoming stern opposition from St Albans City.

A first-half strike from Andy Drury looked to be enough to settle the game, until the Saints equalised through Gary Cohen with ten minutes to go.

But in a frantic last period, two goals from Steve Morison and a Lee Boylan strike, saw the home side through.

Saints manager Steve Castle told BBC Three Counties Radio: "We put on a show for our fans, but it wasn't to be."

He added: "When we equalised, I thought the worst we were going to get was a draw out of it. Football can be a cruel game and we shot ourselves in the foot."

Blue Square South outfit St Albans had taken the game to Stevenage in the first half, and felt hard done by when parity was surrendered just before the break.

But Stevenage looked far from comfortable in the wet conditions, and when Cohen equalised there were few complaints from the home side.

Morison put the Blue Square Premier club back in the lead with a clinical strike from 20 yards.

And the Saints were caught out when keeper Paul Bastock was left stranded as Stevenage broke from a corner and Boylan finished from a tight angle.

Morison wrapped the tie up five minutes into stoppage time when he swept in Mitchell Cole's low cross.

Stevenage boss Graham Westley said: "It was not a convincing ninety minutes, but we had that that little bit to draw upon to turn a draw into victory."

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FA Trophy first round results
13 Dec 08 |  Non League

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