St Albans City strike late double to claim another vital win and keep them in the hunt for the Vanarama National League South play-offs

PUBLISHED: 10:21 21 March 2018

Percy Kiangebeni bagged the second goal as St Albans City won away at Weston-super-Mare. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

Percy Kiangebeni bagged the second goal as St Albans City won away at Weston-super-Mare. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

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St Albans City had to dig deep but manager Ian Allinson was a happy man after a 2-0 win away to Weston-super-Mare kept their Vanarama National League South play-off hopes alive.

The goals from Jamie Sendles-White, his first for the club, and Percy Kiangebeni, were both scored inside the final 20 minutes of the game at the Woodspring Stadium.

And City had to contain a youthful Seagulls side in the first-half before taking their chances.

And it was that which delighted Allinson and kept the Saints fourth in the table.

The City boss said: “It’s a long journey down here. We had a 3pm meet and then players got held up on the M25 so we didn’t turn up until five-to-seven.

“It was always going to be a tough start and I felt Weston began really sharp.

“They didn’t show us anything we didn’t already know in terms of how they keep and pass the ball.

“We said to the players we just need to stay in the game and not give any cheap goals away.

“We didn’t retain possession in the first half well but we did defend well.

“But if you stay in it you get your chances and that’s what happened. In the last 20 minutes or so we’ve created three or four and managed to take two of them.”

The Weston side certainly caught the eye with an impressive opening 45 minutes.

“All the reports you get from here is that their manager Mark [McGregor] has got them playing football and you can see they are a very exciting young side who do move it and have a good energy about them,” said Allinson.

“Our two wide men never got much of the ball in the first half and although Harvey [Bradbury] worked his socks off, he picked up a cheap booking for me so we brought Antonio [German] on at half-time and he held the ball up better.

“And that meant we stopped going long, David Noble started to get on it, Kieran Monlouis started to get on it and Zane [Banton] started to dominate down the left and that’s what’s got us back into it.

“And it was unbelievable finish from Jamie. He’s just put his foot through it and it’s ended up in the back of the net.

“Then young Percy came on in his normal midfield role and he did great.

“I felt he gave us some energy and some legs, put in some crunching tackles and got his reward with the goal at the end.”

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