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12.09.2000 at 19:45 Clarence Park

Attendance :

St Albans City

1 - 1 AET

Boreham Wood

Referee : League Cup

Danny Jones (67)
Opening squads
Laurence Batty
Mark Rooney
Peter Risley
Al-James Hannigan
Richard Goddard
Andy Adebowale
Danny Jones
David Pratt
Martin Randall
Junior Samuels
Spencer Knight
Corey Campbell
Ryan Moran
Richard Evans
Ryan Moran -> Martin Randall (90)
Corey Campbell -> Al-James Hannigan (97)
Richard Evans -> David Pratt (105)
Yellow cards
David Pratt (99)
Red cards
None. None
Match report
St Albans City and recently relegated neighbours Boreham Wood fought out an intriguing 1st Round Ryman League Cup tie at Clarence Park on Tuesday night but even an extra 30 minutes failed to produce a winner at the end of a match in which both sides can claim merited victories.
For Wood, there was the satisfaction of the early season Division One leaders gaining a creditable draw away to Premier Division opposition whilst the Saints had the distinction of being the first side this season to avoid defeat when facing Colin Payne's side. That said, the possibility of the tie going to extra time looked remote during the opening half-hour which was dominated by the visitors who found home keeper Laurence Batty in his best form of the season to date. Batty saved low down from Neil Selby then pulled off a stunning save to deny Otis Hutchings' well struck and seemingly goal bound effort.
Having defended stoutly for a lengthy period City should have gone ahead on 34 minutes when David Pratt passed to Martin Randall who sent a perfect ball through the Wood defence for Danny Jones but the again impressive midfielder failed to get sufficient power behind his shot to trouble Noel Imber.
Batty was next to shine with a spectacular tip over from a Youness Nabil drive while Imber displayed the form which appeared beyond him during his days with the Saints last season as he stretched to palm away a Spencer Knight chip and then got down swiftly to beat away Randall's excellent shot on the turn.
Imber again thwarted Randall soon after the restart and an upset looked to be on the cards on 61 minutes as Selby superbly brought down Hutchings ball into the box before drilling a fine shot across Batty and into the corner of the net. City took just six minutes to hit back with Pratt delivering a decisive ball down the right of the Wood defence for Jones to seize on and take forward before slipping it under the diving Imber. Both sides had chances to win the game in normal time with Lee Talbot, for Wood, going particularly close with a lobbed effort just wide of the target.
After an even opening first period of extra time the game looked set to twist decisively in City's favour when former Wood striker Junior Samuels was brought down on the edge of the visitors penalty area by defender Neil Baker who, as the last defender, should have been shown a red card but somehow escaped even receiving a yellow one. That free-kick came to nothing but City ought to have sewn up the match during the closing minutes as Ryan Moran, twice, and Jones both squandered clear opportunities.

Report by Dave Tavener
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