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S Wills (24')
Sat 2 Sep 15:00 - The Emirates FA Cup 17-18 Attendance 301

Report: Wills' FA Cup Screamer Wins it


A super volleyed goal from Simon Wills was enough to earn City an FA Cup victory at Colne on Saturday.

Lancaster City produced an efficient display against their former Division 1 North opponents Colne on Saturday. The visitors created a host of chances throughout the match at the Holt House ground, but a combination of great goalkeeping, some final third indecisiveness and misfired shooting kept the scoreline to a one goal margin.

The winning goal midway through the first half was worth the entrance fee alone, and a solid defensive display ensured FA Cup victory and a place in the hat for the next round.

After 23 minutes of half chances and midfield battle the goal came from nowhere from the unlikeliest of sources. As the Colne defence cleared the ball high into the air the ball looked to land about 25 yards, central from goal. On a run up Simon Wills hit a low volley that flew perfectly into the bottom right corner.

With the deadlock broken the match began to open up, but it was the visitors who ended the half creating chance after chance. Scott Harries saw a curling free kick palmed away before Craig Carney's drive from distance was deflected narrowly wide. From the resulting corner Oliver Wood's flicked header across goal missed the target as Phil Brown's side couldn't get that second goal cushion.

At the other end the best chance for the hosts fell to midfielder Alex Curran who couldn't properly connect with an in swinging corner, heading harmlessly over the bar at the back post.

The second half was a catalogue of chances for City that came and went. The most notably were one on one chances for Craig Carney and Hannu Tam. Substitute Sam Bailey on the counter attack played Carney in on goal on the right side of the box, but the resultant shot drew a good save from Colne keeper Matthew Green.

In the dying minutes Tam had a glorious chance to add the gloss City deserved to their scoreline. With the Reds' defence pushing forward Tam was played in one on one with Green but pulled a shot wide of the far post with nearly the last kick of the game.

Following Monday's draw the Dolly Blues will now face Droylsden at Giant Axe in the 2nd Qualifying Round on Saturday 16th September, kick off 3pm.

Simon Wills

Player of the Match

Simon Wills

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Goal Simon Wills scores for Lancaster City


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90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Joshua Powell keeps a clean sheet for Lancaster City
90:00 Player of the Match
Simon Wills is awarded player of the match for Lancaster City
81:00 Sub On
Hannu Tam is substituted on for Lancaster City
81:00 Sub Off
Oliver Wood is substituted off for Lancaster City
66:00 Sub On
Sam Bailey is substituted on for Lancaster City
66:00 Sub Off
Thomas Kilifin is substituted off for Lancaster City
64:00 Yellow Card
Simon Wills is yellow carded for Lancaster City
End of period 1
29:00 Sub Off
Richard Mercer is substituted off for Lancaster City
29:00 Sub On
Rob Henry is substituted on for Lancaster City
24:00 Goal 0 - 1
Simon Wills scores for Lancaster City
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  • Colne
  • Lancaster City
  • 0
  • Simon Wills Goal 24:00'
  • Rob Henry Sub On 29:00'
  • Richard Mercer Sub Off 29:00'
  • Simon Wills Yellow Card 64:00'
  • Sam Bailey Sub On 66:00'
  • Thomas Kilifin Sub Off 66:00'
  • Hannu Tam Sub On 81:00'
  • Oliver Wood Sub Off 81:00'

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