First half goals send St Albans City to Luton Town loss
ST ALBANS City fell to their second pre-season loss in three days going down 2-0 at Clarence Park to a full strength Luton Town side tonight (Monday).
The Hatters were fresh from lifting the inaugural David Preece Memorial Trophy with a 7-1 win over AFC Dunstable on Saturday, while The Saints were hammered 10-2 at the hands of League Two’s Barnet on the same day.
For City the scoreline was significantly better against Town than the disaster against The Bees, however they rarely threatened their Blue Square Bet Premier Division opponents.
The first half saw The Saints faithful appeal for a penalty after striker Lewis Toomey went to ground as he tried to connect to a David Ijaha low cross from the right after the half-hour mark.
But it was the visitors from Bedfordshire that struck first with Scott Rendell finishing off a fine passing move tapping home a ball squared across the six yard box.
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Just two minutes later the number 10 turned provider picking out Stuart Fleetwood inside the box and he coolly found the bottom right corner past keeper Nick Jupp.
The expected host of substitutions took place at the break and the second half saw a Gregg Taylor low effort fail to trouble Jupp, while Dan Walker spun and shot just wide of the target.
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The closest either side got to netting in the second period was when former Saint JJ O’Donnell rifled against the post with 10 minutes to go.
Chris Henry added some pace to the St Albans attack and hit one effort off target and should have done better with a late header from Aaron Lansiquot’s deep cross.
City are next in action on Saturday as they travel to Goldsdown Road to face Enfield FC of the Essex Senior League.