Hinckley AFC take on St Andrews tomorrow in the second leg of the Polymac Packaging League Cup semi-final in Carl Abbott’s 150th game as manager of the club.
Since arriving in the summer of 2014, Abbo has steered the club through its first three seasons with 94 wins in his first 149 games in charge, a win ratio of just under 64%.
And what would be a better way to mark his 150th game in charge than by overcoming a higher level side to reach the League Cup final?
AFC come into the game with a one goal deficit after the action packed, topsy-turvy first leg in which St Andrews emerged victorious by four goals to three.
That day, goals from Sam Agar, Ryan Seal and Javia Roberts weren’t enough as the home side scored twice early on and twice in the second half to take the slender advantage into tomorrow’s second leg.
If the sides’ league records are anything to go by, it will be another game full of goals. AFC are the leading scorers in Division One while only four sides have scored more than the Andrews in the Premier Division.
Despite only three sides in the division conceding more than St Andrews, they sit eighth after an impressive 4-2 win at Coventry United on Saturday in which four different players found the net.
Slightly surprisingly, Shay Brennan wasn’t one of them. He is the Premier Division’s leading scorer, meaning the top marksmen in both the Premier and Division One will be on show tomorrow.
Seal is that top scorer in Division One with 52 goals this season – and 89 in 83 games for Hinckley in total. He will become the club’s leading appearance maker if he plays against the Andrews, overtaking Luke Richards.
The winners will play either Alvechurch or Highgate United in the final at Walsall’s Bescot Stadium. That tie currently stands at 1-0 to Highgate after the first leg.
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