Dream makers Saints happy to help ‘deserving’ players reach the Football League

PUBLISHED: 11:04 05 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:37 05 February 2018

Sam Merson's header put St Albans City ahead against Dartford. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

Sam Merson's header put St Albans City ahead against Dartford. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

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St Albans City will not stand in the way of a player with dreams of playing in the Football League says manager Ian Allinson.

Ronnie Vint almost turns the ball into his own net as he tries to stop Sam Merson scoring. Picture: LEIGH PAGERonnie Vint almost turns the ball into his own net as he tries to stop Sam Merson scoring. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

A number of players from the National Leagues moved to league clubs in the transfer window and while City’s talented youngsters remained at Clarence Park, should the opportunity appear as it did with Junior Morias last season, then the club will do all they can to help.

Zane Banton in action against Dartford. Picture: LEIGH PAGEZane Banton in action against Dartford. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Allinson said: “There were one or two little rumours but we had no approaches.

Kieran Monlouis in action for St Albans City against Dartford. Picture: LEIGH PAGEKieran Monlouis in action for St Albans City against Dartford. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

“But as I’ve said to Sam and everyone else, I or this football club won’t stand in anybody’s way if a club from the Football League come in for them.

The Dartford defence tries to get to grips with Rhys Murrell-Williamson. Picture: LEIGH PAGEThe Dartford defence tries to get to grips with Rhys Murrell-Williamson. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

“If they do we will do our best to make them a Football League player because they will have deserved it.

Sam Merson celebrates with captain David Noble after putting the Saints into a two-goal lead. Picture: LEIGH PAGESam Merson celebrates with captain David Noble after putting the Saints into a two-goal lead. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

“They have come here, listened to what we’ve had to say and one thing I’ll always say to them is I will work with you and I will push you and I will try to get you back into the Football League, or if you haven’t been there I will try and make you a Football League player.

Tom Bender's speculative overhead kick causes problems in the Dartford defence. Picture: BOB WALKLEYTom Bender's speculative overhead kick causes problems in the Dartford defence. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

“We’ve given them our word on that but it’s got to be right for me, it’s got to be right for St Albans City and it’s also got to be right for the supporters.”

Dartford scramble one off the line as St Albans press for a fifth. Picture: BOB WALKLEYDartford scramble one off the line as St Albans press for a fifth. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

One player who is certainly grabbing the headlines at the moment is Sam Merson, who along with Solomon Sambou signed a new contract with the club last week.

Sam Merson celebrated signing a new contract with two goals. Picture: LEIGH PAGESam Merson celebrated signing a new contract with two goals. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

He has now scored six in two games and Allinson was delighted to secure his signature.

Zane Banton looks on as his shot goes just wide. Picture: LEIGH PAGEZane Banton looks on as his shot goes just wide. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

He said: “We’ve been talking to Sam since before Christmas about a new deal and we had to move pretty quickly after he scored those four goals last week.

Sam Merson heads a sixth goal in two games as St Albans City beat Dartford. Picture: BOB WALKLEYSam Merson heads a sixth goal in two games as St Albans City beat Dartford. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

“But it was done pretty quickly. We sat down on Tuesday and by Thursday the deal was signed.

Sam Merson celebrates putting St Albans city in front against Dartford. Picture: BOB WALKLEYSam Merson celebrates putting St Albans city in front against Dartford. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

“It’s fantastic from our point of view, fantastic for the boy because he is a player who, having worked with him as a manager, somebody in the Football League will take a chance on him.

“And it’s fantastic from the club’s point of view because if he does move on we’ll make some money from it, which is only right as we’ve spent a lot of time with him and worked hard with him.

“He’s our player for the next two and a half years and we’ve got to keep working with him and hopefully in two and a half year time he won’t be here, he’ll be at a Football League club because he deserves it.”

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