St Albans City miss out on FA Cup first round as Bishop’s Stortford produce


PUBLISHED: 21:37 26 October 2020 | UPDATED: 21:44 26 October 2020

Mitchell Weiss had two good chances for St Albans City in the FA Cup match at Bishop's Stortford. Picture: DANNY LOO

Mitchell Weiss had two good chances for St Albans City in the FA Cup match at Bishop’s Stortford. Picture: DANNY LOO

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St Albans City fell short of the FA Cup first round proper after a disastrous opening spell in their 2-0 defeat away to Bishop’s Stortford.



St Albans City travelled to Bishop's Stortford for an FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie.St Albans City travelled to Bishop’s Stortford for an FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie.

Their game was the last of the fourth qualifying round ties to be played, due to the rescheduling for live coverage on BT Sport.

It meant both teams knew a trip to Brackley Town was waiting and Stortford blasted there with two goals in the opening 16 minutes.

Saints had chances but any hope that their first televised showing would bring a dramatic and grandstand finish never materialised.

The Isthmian Premier League Blues, one level below St Albans, went for the same starting line-up that had begun in the last round when Royston Town were the visitors.

Saints’ plans meanwhile were thrown into disarray prior to kick-off when goalkeeper Michael Johnson was ruled out following an injury picked up in training.

A former West Ham junior, Rihards Matrevics, was drafted in from Hendon and his debut in a City shirt had a less-than auspicious start.

The ball ran to him with former City man Darren Foxley in pursuit and when he tried to clear it long, the ball hit the Stortford man and bounced over the keeper and in.

It had the capacity and partisan crowd in raptures and things got even better on 16 minutes when a delightful 60-yard ball from Sam Robbins dropped over the last defender and into the path of Aaron Green.

He took his time, looked up and drilled it past the keeper.

And yet in…



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