National League South: More to come despite Concord Rangers win shows St Albans City moving in the right direction

Ian Allinson, St Albans City's manager.
Picture: Karyn Haddon

Ian Allinson, St Albans City's manager. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

Ian Allinson was pleased to come out of a tough game with another three points but felt the 2-0 success over Concord Rangers could and perhaps should have been far more comfortable.

St Albans City looked a shadow of their former selves from earlier in the season, when they shipped goals far too regularly, as they made it three wins on the bounce and a second clean-sheet in successive games at Clarence Park.

And the good thing as far as the Saints boss is concerned is that they still have a way to go.

He said: “I’d still like to see us keep the ball better than we did, I felt we gave it in the second half, but I’m really pleased with the performance.

“And we could have won a little bit more comfortably than we did.

“The main thing we’ve been working on this week was how we react to scoring a goal so it was important we got to half-time.

“And then they put a lot of balls into the box but our back three dealt with that quite comfortably.

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“And with a little bit more composure and a little bit more quality we could have caused them more problems than we did.

“We got on top and managed to control it in the last 25 minutes but until then it was a tough game.

“They were out of the starting blocks quicker than us and created a couple of chances.

“Dean Snedker has made a worldie and we’ve cleared one off the line and it was tough.

“But we managed to get a goal probably against the run of play which settled us down.”

Allinson made two changes to the team that won late against East Thurrock.

It saw Solomon Sambou out of the starting line-up for the first time among others, and top-scorer Ralston Gabriel on the bench.

And the City boss admits it is difficult at times to decide who gets the shirt.

He said: “We have a really good squad here and at any one stage I could play a different 16 and be confident that we could win a game of football.

“Some of the players have got to be patient because we can only pick 11 but I’m really satisfied with the squad.”

The one concern is the injury picked up by Richard Sho-Silva in the first half.

Allinson said: “He felt the leg gave away which is a bit of a worry but he’s reacted better than we thought by having some ice and some treatment on it.

“It’s a little bit sore at the minute but we’ll have to see how it is on Monday. Hopefully it won’t be too long term.”