Biggleswade Town 1-2 St Albans City: Ian takes bragging rights over son Lee in Allinson derby
PUBLISHED: 21:41 16 July 2018 | UPDATED: 21:53 16 July 2018
Biggleswade Town were edged 2-1 by St Albans City in on Monday night as Allinson senior took the bragging rights over son Lee.
The Waders fourth pre-season fixture saw the first Allinson derby, as Lee faced his dad Ian. It was also a Merson derby, as Sam started for the visitors and Charlie joined the home management team.
A goal from the Waders’ Jonny McNamara was cancelled out by St Albans’ Soloman Sambouu and a trialist.
Despite the best efforts of Waders staff, the game kicked-off on a bone-dry Langford Road pitch, with what’s likely to be Biggleswade’s first choice line-up for next season out to face the step two side.
Early exchanges were evenly matched. The visitors, in purple, looked dangerous on the break but the Waders, in green, proved sharp in possession.
Liam Brooks and McNamara pressed tirelessly all half and their work began to pay-off in the final minutes, as the Waders started to dominate a disjointed Allinson senior side.
The hosts had the better chances, but none were clear cut and the sides went in at 0-0.
The game continued at an intense pace after the restart and the boys in green stayed on top.
On 61 minutes, the Waders got the goal they deserved. Substitute Connor Vincent squeezed the ball through to McNamara, who poked it in at the near-post at the second attempt.
Their lead was short-lived though, as minute later, St Albans scored with their first proper chance. Sambouu smacked in a free-kick from a long way out to level the scores.
St Albans started to turn the tide as Allinson junior gradually substituted nine players throughout the half.
The visitors then completed the comeback, when a cross/shot from the left by a St Albans trialist got swept into the top corner by the strong wind for 2-1 with 81-minutes gone.
A calmer final five minutes saw the visitors see out the victory, as Allinson senior got one over his son.