Frater on the road to full fitness
DEFENDER Ryan Frater continued his recovery from the fractured leg sustained in pre-season when he replaced the injured Alex Bailey on Saturday at Basingstoke Town. Bailey departed with a foot injury and Frater stepped in at centre back with James Fisher
DEFENDER Ryan Frater continued his recovery from the fractured leg sustained in pre-season when he replaced the injured Alex Bailey on Saturday at Basingstoke Town.
Bailey departed with a foot injury and Frater stepped in at centre back with James Fisher moving across to right back.
Frater suffered one nervy moment after failing to connect with one of his traditional torpedo-like clearances, only for Town striker Phil Ruggles to screw his weak shot wide. For the most part the former Hitchin Town centre back slotted in well alongside Ben Martin and the pair proved an immovable aerial force as Basingstoke were suffocated by a combination of City and the elements. Castle said: "It was possibly risky putting Ryan Frater on but he came through it very well. With the injury to Alex Bailey it was forced on me. The injury to Alex Bailey is a strange one. He couldn't put any weight through his right foot. He just stretched for a ball."
On Monday St Albans City Reserves recorded a Capital League victory against Hitchin Town Reserves.
Pete Duffy opened the scoring for Hitchin when he beat City goalkeeper Chris Adams after a fine move down the left.
Adams was called into action twice before half time and denied Gordon Barr and former Saint Alex Fraser. At the other end, Gary Cohen was thwarted twice by Hitchin goalkeeper Edward Rhodes-Windsor.
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City equalised on 54 minutes when Rod Hicks fired home from the penalty spot after the referee ruled that Cohen was fouled in the box.
Recent City signing Sam Hurrell tested Rhodes-Windsor before Hicks burst clear of two defenders and cut the ball back for Cohen to flick the ball wide.
Skipper Lee Clarke extended Rhodes-Windsor with a good effort but City soon sealed the win. Hurrell announced his arrival at Clarence Park with a measured shot on 86 minutes after taking a pass from Clarke.
St Albans City Reserves: C. Adams, J. Lamonaca, A. Byfield (S. Hurrell 46), B. Martin, R. Frater, E. Pascoal, J. Davidge, S. Martin, L. Clarke, G. Cohen (D. Regis 67), R. Hicks, subs; H. Frimpong, J. Cartwright, K. Asamoah.
The Kazakhstan national team honed their skills at Clarence Park on Tuesday ahead of their World Cup Qualifier against England at Wembley on Saturday. The international action will be screened at the clubhouse at Clarence Park on Saturday from 4pm. Some beers and lagers will be available at reduced prices from 4pm to 7.30pm.
The St Albans City Supporters Club Player of the Month for September sponsored by Harpenden Construction Ltd has been won by goalkeeper Paul Bastock. The City legend kept three clean sheets in the month including shut outs that helped set up the vital league wins against Bishop's Stortford and at Newport County.
The 100 Club promoter Bill Nicholson made the draw for August on Saturday. First prize of £100 went to number 17 Mark White. Second prize of £50 went to number 95 J. Coleman and the third prize of £25 went to number 48 John Gibson.