Biggleswade Town boss Lee Allinson hails ‘special talent’ Soloman Nwabuokei after thrilling 6-4 Royston victory
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Biggleswade Town boss Lee Allinson hailed midfielder Soloman Nwabuokei after the Waders’ sunk play-off rivals Royston Town in a 6-4 thriller on Saturday.
The Waders made it three wins in a row in the electric game at Garden Walk, staying third in the Evo-Stik Southern League Central after coming from behind three times.
Goals from first-half goals from Bradley Bell and David Longe-King weren’t enough for the Waders, who went in 3-2 down at half-time, but a Joe White double and strikes from Matt Ball and Jordan Gent pulled them clear.
However, it was Nwabuokei who the Waders boss picked out as their man of the match. The midfielder’s bursting runs and desire were instrumental in winning the midfield battle.
Speaking to CometSport are the game, Allinson said: “I said to Soloman in the dressing room, I think he can go as far as he wants in the game.
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“I think he’s a special talent. He’s come out of London and he’s got to understand what football is about, and he’s starting to grasp it.
“Because of the way they play and because they were missing some players in the midfield it allowed Sol to press onto them.
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“I thought he was our best player by a country mile.”
The Waders were dominant in spells in the first-half but went in behind after two wonder-strikes from Royston. However, in the second half Royston tired, and Biggleswade poured forward with pace and power.
Allinson said: “When I was assistant manager at St Albans City last season I thought we were fit, we scored a lot of late goals, and I feel we’re really fit now.
“Credit has to got to (coaches) Eddie (McLoughlin) and Brett (Donnelly) for this, they don’t get a lot of mentions but they’ve been outstanding and got the team fit and working hard.
“The boys know what they’ve got to give us, and if they don’t they don’t play. We lost two big players today in Peter Clark and Tommy Smith but I thought Jordan Gent came in and was colossal.
“Royston have some good players, Steve (Castle) is a good manager and they’ve got big injuries so when they get them back they’ll be a real force in this league. It’s really important we’ve got points ahead of them.”
Biggleswade’s next game is their biggest in almost a decade, with Vanarama National League South side Wealdstone coming to Langford Road for their FA Trophy First Round clash.
Allinson added: “It’s a massive game for the club, outside of getting to the FA Cup First Round and beating Rugby Town in the play-off final (both in 2013, with Allinson in the side) it’s one of the biggest games the club has had.
“It’s a great opportunity for the boys but there’s no pressure. We can go and enjoy it, the pressure is on them. It would be amazing to get through.”