Saints edged out in nine-goal thriller

PUBLISHED: 12:28 19 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

Ben Martin's hat trick was in vain as City lost out 5-4 to Bromley

Ben Martin's hat trick was in vain as City lost out 5-4 to Bromley

St Albans City 4 (Ben Martin 43,53,70 Danny Charge 90) Bromley 5 (Ryan Hall 22, McBean 29,70, Stone 31) BEN Martin s hat trick was not enough to stop St Albans City coming out on the wrong end of a nine goal-thriller. Martin scored a superb treble to dr

St Albans City 4 (Ben Martin 43,53,70 Danny Charge 90)

Bromley 5 (Ryan Hall 22, McBean 29,70, Stone 31)

BEN Martin's hat trick was not enough to stop St Albans City coming out on the wrong end of a nine goal-thriller.

Martin scored a superb treble to drag his side back into the game after City found themselves 3-0 down, but further defensive errors cost City dear and they are now without a league win since November 8.

Simon Martin returned to City's starting 11 in place of the suspended Gary Cohen while new signing Danny Charge, on a month's loan from Dagenham & Redbridge, took his place on the bench.

The game was very open to begin with and both goalkeepers were called into action early on.

Bromley had the first effort with a little over 60 seconds on the clock but Ashley-Paul Robinson's 20-yard shot was easily saved by Paul Bastock.

City responded swiftly, breaking away from a Bromley attack but Hassan Sulaiman was denied low down by Bromley 'keeper Gareth Williams.

The deadlock was broken on 22 minutes with a fine breakaway goal. A City corner was cleared to the halfway line and Chris Seeby's pass only found Warren McBean. McBean chipped the ball up the line to Robinson who raced towards goal and squared the ball for Ryan Hall to slot home.

The goal didn't seem to disrupt City and Chris Seeby crossed for Jonathan Hunt whose shot was blocked and although Simon Martin was first to the rebound, his effort was also repelled.

The visitors upped the tempo, with Hall having an outstanding game in the middle of the park. City's hopes of a win took a huge blow when Bromley scored twice in the space of three minutes.

Warren McBean grabbed the first goal on 29 minutes, twisting and turning in the City box before firing a shot that took a wicked deflection off Ben Martin and into the net. Just moments later it was 3-0. Adrian Stone latched onto Robinson's through ball and although Bastock pushed his initial effort away, Stone reacted quickest to stab the ball into the net.

City should have reduced the deficit ten minutes before half time when Hunt's corner found Hakim unmarked two yards out but the striker's header went over the bar.

The hosts struck two minutes before half time when Hunt's corner reached Hakim at the far post and the striker's clever cross found Ben Martin unmarked at the far post to head home.

They could have scored again before half time when another Hunt corner found Ryan Frater but his header was hacked off the line by Mark Corneille.

The Saints started the second half the livelier and 'keeper Williams produced a great save to deny Hassan Sulaiman, and although Sulaiman was first to the rebound his cross was cleared for a corner.

From the set play Hunt found Martin at the far post and the giant centre-half drilled the ball into the net.

Seven minutes later the duo combined, but this time Williams saved Martin's header.

Luke l'Anson and Stone had efforts to extend the visitors lead but they were both off target.

Martin made them pay with twenty minutes remaining, rising highest at the far post to head past Williams and complete a fantastic hat trick.

City and Martin's joy was short lived as Bromley immediately regained the lead. Hall launched an inch perfect pass in behind the City defence for McBean who shrugged off the attentions of Scott Cousins to fire past Bastock.

Steve Castle introduced new boy Charge and Bromley were forced into replacing Hall, who left the field with a serious bout of concussion.

Bromley overcame this loss to seal the points with Corneille rampaging down the right and centring the ball for l'Anson to stab home.

The goal-scoring action wasn't over there as debutant Charge latched onto another Hunt cross to steer the ball past Williams but it was too little too late for City.

St Albans City: Bastock, Seeby (Hurrell 61), B.Martin, Frater, Cousins, Sulaiman, Clarke (Quilter 34), Fisher, Hunt, S.Martin (Charge 76), Hakim. Subs not used: Everitt, Mackie.

Bromley: Williams, Corneille, Sobers, Gillman, Dolby, Hall (Layiwola 81), Norval, l'Anson, Stone (Davis), McBean, Robinson (Harding). Subs not used: Ledgister, Manning.

Referee: Mike George (North Walsham).

Att: 514.


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