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FA Youth Cup: Histon 1–2 Town

4 November 2013

Late Sam Molyneux strike books Town's place in Round Two

FA Youth Cup First Round report: Histon 1-2 Town

Histon: Templeman, King, Saberton, Sole (Valpy-Nelson, 86), Le, Bennett, Naylor (Bush, 72), Clark, Brown, Root, Freeman
Unused subs: Chapman, Woulahan, Clayton.
Goals: Brown, 32.

Town: Callum Burton, George Carpenter, Dom Smith, Ben Burton (Niall Flint, 86), Ryan Hickman, Scott Ryan (Matt Jones, 60), Alex Fletcher, David Easthorpe, Josh Ginnelly, Sam Molyneux, Kaimen Anderson.
Unused Subs: Shaun Rowley, Alex Ashton, Jeff Watkins.
Goals: Anderson, 38. Molyneux, 84.

Referee: Mr N. Cooper 
Attendance: 247

Matt Johnson reports from the Glassworld Stadium

Sam Molyneux struck six minutes from time to put Town through to the FA Youth Cup Second Round where they will meet Bristol Rovers at the Greenhous Meadow.

The hosts took a lead just after the half hour at the Glassworld Stadium through Luke Brown, but Kaimen Anderson leveled six minutes later before Molyneux's late strike.

The hosts almost took the lead after 12 minutes, Charlie Naylor beating the Town defence but firing his low effort straight at Town keeper Callum Burton.

Town then controlled much of the possession but, against the run of play, Histon took the lead on 32 minutes when striker Brown caught defender Dom Smith napping in possession to go through on goal and poke home.

Molyneux almost pulled Town level just five minutes later when a corner was only partially cleared, but his shot cannoned back off the crossbar.

But Salop weren't made to wait long for an equaliser. Just a minute later, Scott Ryan did well down the right to get to the by-line and pull it back for Anderson who steadied himself, and then drove low into the corner to make it one a piece as the sides headed into the break level.

Half-time: Histon 1-1 Town

The Stutes almost restored their lead five minutes after the break, Naylor breaking well and feeding Root, but his shot was beaten away well by Burton.

Molyneux should've put Town ahead for the first time three minutes later. Josh Ginnelly beat two men down the left and put in a perfect ball for the striker, but he could only put his header over when unmarked six yards out.

All the chances were falling to Molyneux, and it was that man again who came closest 15 minutes from time. Ginnelly it was again who provided the cross, and this time Molyneux met it well with his instep, but the ball thumped the post and flew out to safety.

Molyneux had a third chance to put Salop ahead six minutes from time, and this time, the striker finished with aplomb. Easthorpe battled well in midfield and his through ball was picked up by Molyneux who lobbed past the onrushing Templeman in the Histon goal to give Town the advantage.

The Stutes gave Bernard McNally a late scare in injury time when goalscorer Brown flashed a header just wide, but in the end Town ran out worthy winners.

FT: Histon 1-2 Town

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