Coalville & St Neots To Go Again Tuesday
A 95th minute equaliser from the Cambridgeshire side means it's another Tuesday night replay at the MCSS.
In their biggest game of the season to date Coalville were without Joe Doyle-Charles & Dean Freeman through suspension, Danny Jenno unavailable and manager Adam Stevens who served a one game touchline ban. This after a week which also saw striker Tolani Omotola depart to the side Coalville beat in the previous round Buxton FC.
It was a scrappy, windswept start thanks to the appalling weather until Tom McGlinchey and Courtney Wildin produced the first opening. They worked well down the left after a swift counter attack to square the ball to Lee Cox but he could only hit a soft shot under pressure from a Neots defender.
Max Smith-Varnam then did well to block a shot at close range after Coalville failed to clear a long throw from the left hand side. Up the other end the impressive Andrew Wright spun away from his man before driving into the box only to have his shot well blocked and cleared for a corner. Scott McManus appealed for a penalty from that corner as his shirt was being held and then shortly after Dan Creaney then went down after having two hands on his shoulders but the referee waved both away.
With ten to play before half time Coalville broke the deadlock. Wildins deep free kick was kept alive by Creaney and the ball fell to Tim Berridge who celebrated signing his first contract earlier in the week by hitting a fierce shot into the far corner giving the hosts keeper no chance. The goal put a swagger into the Ravens play who kept the ball well without really creating any clear cut chances and saw the game out until half time comfortably.
HT: St Neots 0-1 Coalville.
The second half started with the hosts pushing forward and putting the Coalville defence under pressure. Max Smith-Varnam made a good double save from Shariff and Ofuso which led to a corner ball. This was defended and cleared for another but as the ball went out of play Scott McManus was involved in an off the ball incident which caused confusion between the officials. With the home players surrounding the referee he walked over to his linesman who said McManus had kicked out at an opponent leaving the referee with no choice but to walk the Coalville number 3 with only 52 played.
This spurred the home side on who then had several chances to level through Short, Williams and then substitute Stanley who had two good efforts on goal. The second of them chances was a swift counter attack which found Stanley unmarked at the back post but he decided to shoot first time and blasted the ball high and wide of Max's goal bringing a huge moan from behind the goal.
To make it worse for the home fans ten men Coalville then punished St Neots for the missed chances. Again just like the first Dan Creaney did well to hold off the home defenders and Tim Berridge twisted and turned before unleashing an unstoppable shot from ten yards out to send the Coalville fans into jubilation with twenty minuets to go.
More good chances were again spurned by the hosts before then eventually did pull a goal back via a freak goal. Tom Wood advanced down the right wing before looking up and putting a cross in that was over hit so much that it flew high over Smith-Varnam's hands and inside the far post.
Coalville then went straight up the other end and broke through substitute and new signing Michael Shamalo who skinned two before being tackled perfectly by Wood who was the last man. Wright and Hallahan then tried to go for goal and kill the game but had the ball pinched and the hosts broke forward again to pile more pressure on the makeshift Coalville back line. After several blocks, clearances and 95 minuets gone the Ravens might have thought the job was done but after working so hard with ten men a wild shot from the edge of the area which looked to be going well wide was diverted towards goal by striker Nabil Shariff leaving Smith-Varnam wrong footed and drawing the home sides level with the last kick of the game sparking wild scenes on and off the pitch.
FT: St Neots 2-2 Coalville.
The two will lock horns again on Tuesday night at the Mander Cruickshank Solicitors Stadium, 7.45pm KO.
The draw for the next round will take place on Monday at midday live on Talksport 2.