Deeney enjoying his football at Clarence Park

FULL-BACK Dave Deeney says he has got his enjoyment back for the game since joining St Albans City in the summer.

FULL-BACK Dave Deeney says he has got his enjoyment back for the game since joining St Albans City in the summer.

The Bulawayo-born defender has spent time at Hemel Hempstead Town and Corby Town in recent seasons but says he instantly felt at home at Clarence Park.

“I’m really enjoying it,” Deeney told the Herts Advertiser after City’s 2-2 draw with Staines Town.

“I knew people like Frates (Ryan Frater) and Drew (Roberts) before I came in. I spoke to the gaffer and really liked the vibe right from the start, it’s a straightforward club and he’s really honest with people.

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“I’m really enjoying my football again because to be honest I haven’t really in the last couple of years so long may it continue.”

Deeney was disappointed with the way Staines Town got back into Tuesday night’s game with a goal 13 seconds into the second period.

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“It was just such a fluky first goal – it took a couple of deflections before it went past Baz (Paul Bastock),” explained Deeney.

“It really killed us because we knew it was going to be 45 minutes of pressure after that.

“Toady, first half we were absolutely outstanding. The gaffer said to us at half-time that we’ve just got to maintain it so it was devastating to lose a goal so early in the second half.”

The Saints are now preparing for a busy Bank Holiday with a home game against Hampton & Richmond on Saturday before a trip to Maidenhead United on Monday and Deeney says the squad will adopt a positive approach going into those games.

“The gaffer’s been so positive tonight,” said the 23-year-old.

“He’s said have a few days rest, come in on Saturday ready to go but we’re still unbeaten and that’s the positive way we’ll look at it.

“It’s a tight league, everyone can beat everyone. We’ve played some of the favourites now and played some of them off the park at least for 45 minutes if not more.”

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