Late heartbreak for Saints
PUBLISHED: 10:14 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:54 06 May 2010
St Albans City 2 (Paul Hakim 63, Sam Hurrell 73) Welling United 3 (Sanchez Ming 9, Charlie Sheringham 34p, 87) James Ronayne at Clarence Park CLARENCE Park is fast becoming the place to see exciting football after another thrilling game but unfortunatel
St Albans City 2 (Paul Hakim 63, Sam Hurrell 73)
Welling United 3 (Sanchez Ming 9, Charlie Sheringham 34p, 87)
James Ronayne at Clarence Park
CLARENCE Park is fast becoming the place to see exciting football after another thrilling game but unfortunately for City fans their side continue to come out on the wrong end of the scoreline.
For the second home league game running the Saints pulled themselves level after trailing by two goals at the break only for Welling to snatch a late winner.
Charlie Sheringham, son of ex-England and Tottenham legend Teddy, was the man who put City to the sword with a clinical display of finishing and City are now without a win in nine games.
City restored Gary Cohen to the starting line up following his suspension and gave Craig Mortimer a start in place of Hassan Sulaiman on the right hand side of midfield.
The home side started the game much brighter than in previous outings but still found themselves 1-0 down within the first 10 minutes.
City lost the ball in the Welling half and a quick pass up the left channel found Sheringham who approached the box and laid the ball of to the exotically named Sanchez Ming and he blasted the ball into Paul Bastock's top right hand corner from 25 yards.
Saints went in search of an immediate equaliser and Wings goalkeeper David Wilkinson had to be alert to push Craig Mortimer's shot away.
St Albans were dealt a further blow when Ryan Frater was forced off after injuring his left hamstring and his replacement, Chris Seeby, had a big part to play in the visitors' second goal on 33 minutes.
Orlando Smith picked up the ball on the left hand side of the box and as he entered the area he went down under Seeby's challenge.
The referee had no hesitation in awarding the penalty and Sheringham coolly sent Bastock the wrong way from spot.
Welling started the second period on top and could have furthered their lead when Sheringham set-up Smith, but his shot was weak and easily held by Bastock.
City reduced the deficit on 63 minutes when Paul Hakim pounced on a loose pass from Ryan Johnson and placed the ball in the bottom left hand corner.
The goal knocked Welling's confidence and only a last minute touch from Johnson stopped Hurrell from having a header on goal.
Hurrell wasn't to be denied though and he drew City level with a fine individual goal.
The former Chelsea winger picked the ball up on the halfway line, jinked his way through the Wings defence and then placed his shot in the bottom right hand corner despite the close attentions of Graeme Andrews.
City were now firmly in the ascendancy and Tony Sinclair had to throw himself in front of the ball to stop Hurrell from scoring again.
However, just like the Bromley game, a lapse in concentration at the back cost City dearly as Welling snatched the winner in the 87th minute.
Ming raced past Cousins down the right and delivered a cross for the unmarked Sheringham who stabbed home from close range to send all three points back to Park View.
It was bitter pill to swallow for the City fans and despite an improved performance the Saints need to turn things around quickly before they get sucked in at the wrong end of the table.
St Albans City: Bastock, Fisher, B.Martin, Frater (Seeby 21), Cousins, Mortimer (S.Martin 63), Quilter, Everitt, Hunt (Hurrell 59), Cohen, Hakim. Subs not used: Sulaiman, Charge.
Welling United: Wilkinson, Johnson, Andrews, Dayes (Sinclair 54), Cobbs, Ming, Parkinson, Blackburn, O.Smith, Fazackerly (Stevens 83), Sheringham. Subs not used: McEntegart, D.Smith, Mitten.
Referee: Andrew Parker (Stanford-le-Hope)