Pawel spot on for Saints

Wednesday 12 December 2012 Updated: 12/12 18:07

Southam United 2 Brinklow 1

A PAWEL Tomczak penalty three minutes from time saw Saints safely through this Coventry Charity Cup third round tie, earning a trip to Brooklands Jaguar in the quarter final.

The visitors applied early pressure but they were thwarted by keeper Ollie Manuel who produced two smart saves.

Saints weathered the storm and took the lead in the 11th minute when a free-kick from George Curry was pushed out by the keeper and Jim Graham tucked home the rebound.

Robbie Stephans then went close before Brinklow equalised in the 17th minute from a free kick.

As Saints pressed for a second, Tomczak had a shot blocked on the line and Lee Thomas also went close on the stroke of half-time.

Ross Briscoe went close with a header from a Curry free-kick, before Thomas set up Curry, who beat two defenders, but failed to finish. Substitute Tom Davison was the next in line to score, but put an effort wide and then Tomczak shot over with 13 minutes remaining.

With play switching from end to end as both sides searched for the winner, Graham shot straight at the keeper and Davison was close to getting on the end of a free-kick.

With the scores still level and full time approaching, Tomczak was brought down in the penalty area and he finished the job for Saints by getting up and putting away the spot kick.

Saints fixture backlog got worse on Tuesday when their Birmingham County FA Midweek Floodlit Cup tie at Bartley Green was called off due to a frozen pitch. It will now be played in January.

Saints return to Athium Midland Football Combination action when Pershore Town are the visitors to Banbury Road on Saturday (3pm).

This will be their first league fixture since the 3-2 win at Pilkington XXX on October 31 and they still have 20 matches to play by the end of April, as well as competing in four cup competitions.

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