Five-star St Albans City thrash Bishop’s Stortford

Tom Bender's header beats Tom Lovelock. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Tom Bender's header beats Tom Lovelock. Picture: LEIGH PAGE - Credit: Archant

St Albans City put in a five-star performance away to Hertfordshire rivals Bishop’s Stortford – but they had to wait a while to click into gear.

As the clock ticked past the hour mark at Woodside Park, neither side had found a breakthrough.

But a header from Tom Bender, back after a three-match ban, changed that and opened the floodgates.

Three minutes later a Sam Merson header made it two and four further minutes later it was three thanks to Louie Theophanous.

Saints’ top scorer then hit his 13th of the campaign with five minutes to go before Stortford got a consolation through Femi Akinwande.

However, it was City who had the final word when substitute Junior Morias, like Bender making his return from suspension, made it five.

It was City’s fourth win on the bounce following victory over Gosport Borough in the league and Worthing and Egham Town in the FA Cup.

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It lifts them into fifth place, above Ebbsfleet United and back into the play-offs in Vanarama National League South.

Photographers Leigh Page and Bob Walkley were at the game to capture all the action.

St Albans face Truro City this Saturday at Clarence Park.

Kick-off is at 3pm.