Defensive frailties rear their head again as St Albans City draw at Chippenham Town

PUBLISHED: 16:30 13 November 2017

Kieran Monlouis heads just over the bar. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Kieran Monlouis heads just over the bar. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

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Ian Allinson felt it was two points dropped even though St Albans City had to fight back three times to claim a 3-3 draw at Chippenham Town.

Solomon Sambou driving the Saints forward Solomon Sambou driving the Saints forward

Goals from Zane Banton, Tom Bender and Rhys Murrell-Williamson ended a run of three straight defeats and they could have even gone on to win it late on.

But it was the goals conceded that vexed the City boss, with all three coming from set-pieces.

Zane Banton is closed down by three Chippenham Town defenders. Picture: BOB WALKLEY Zane Banton is closed down by three Chippenham Town defenders. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

He said: “We have not defended correctly again. We spoke on Thursday night about competing at set-pieces for the second ball.

“A lot of their strength is about long throws and corners and after six minutes, they have a long throw, nobody goes with the runner and it’s 1-0.

Tom Bender heads Saints level for the second time. Picture: BOB WALKLEY Tom Bender heads Saints level for the second time. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

“We get back into the game with a good goal from Zane Banton but then again, we give a soft corner away and one ball into the box and people don’t do their job and it’s another free header.

“You have to question people because we’re a little bit too nice in certain areas and certain situations and I challenged them at half-time and I felt second half we were outstanding.”

Nathan Pinney hits a shot at goal. Picture: BOB WALKLEY Nathan Pinney hits a shot at goal. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

However, Allinson still thinks this side could go on to great things, if they manage to sort out their defensive frailities.

“The frustrations I have are probably the same as supporters and the club in general,” he admitted.

Rhys Murrell-Williamson celebrates his thunderbolt of a goal with skipper David Noble to secure a point for the Saints Rhys Murrell-Williamson celebrates his thunderbolt of a goal with skipper David Noble to secure a point for the Saints

“We’ve got some really good quality players but we need to mix it with learning how to defend.

“I think we showed that second half. We had chance after chance and their keeper has made some good saves.

“It was nice to stop the rot but then I don’t think it was a rot as we haven’t played too poorly. Hampton, Dartford and Welling were always going to be hard games.”

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