Biggleswade Town boss Lee Allinson - 'Our boys never know when they're beaten' after dramatic FA Trophy victory at Hendon
PUBLISHED: 18:34 10 November 2018 | UPDATED: 18:34 10 November 2018
Biggleswade Town boss Lee Allinson hailed his side’s fighting spirit after Joe White’s last-gasp winner earned the Waders a 2-1 comeback FA Trophy victory over Hendon on Saturday.
The Waders are through to the FA Trophy third-round qualifying, snatching a dramatic victory over Hendon with goals from Tommy Smith in the 80th minute and White in the final seconds.
It was an intense game in the sheeting rain between two high-flying sides, and the winner was met with wild celebrations from the away dugout at Silver Jubilee Park, who are desperate for a cup run after their disappointing exit from the FA Cup in the first round.
Speaking after the game, Allinson said: “Our boys keep going, they never know when they’re beat and they always keep working hard for me.
“At 1-0 down we had a mountain to climb, I thought we were gone. We looked like we’d run out of ideas.
“We’d dealt with them well barring one moment of madness but when we got to 1-1 we had belief and were excellent.
“I want the boys to have a cup run. This was one of the hardest draws of the round, it was two in-form sides and I know how good they are, so it did mean a lot to me and I’m delighted to get through it. It’s great for the club.”
With Lucas Perry out injured, Josh Urquhart having left the club to play for East Thurrock United and Jack Bradshaw injured in the warm-up, David Longe-King was the only first-choice defender on the pitch for the Waders.
However, alongside sought-after keeper Sam Donkin, they defended heroically, with only a lapse of concentration early in the second-half robbing them of a clean-sheet.
Allinson said: “David’s been outstanding, I know everyone likes him at Hendon and he’s got a lot of friends there so I was worried it would be too friendly for him.
“But he was a man mountain today.
“Tommy next to him has come up from step four to step three and he struggled at first but I think he’s really starting to come into his own. I thought we dealt with their attack brilliantly.”