Gray ‘disappointed’ with 6-2 victory at Waltham Abbey

Joe Welch pulls of a fine save. Picture: Leigh Page

Joe Welch pulls of a fine save. Picture: Leigh Page - Credit: Archant

Despite beating Waltham Abbey 6-2 on Saturday, St Albans City’s first win of the summer, joint manager James Gray admitted he was disappointed with the overall performance.

Summer signing Lewis Hilliard netted either side of half-time, as did trialist Connor Calcutt, who was at League Two club Stevenage last season. Michael Malcolm scored in the first-half before making way for Simon Thomas in the second, and former Bishop’s Stortford attacker Rod Young got the sixth.

It was the goal-scoring performance many have been waiting for, but Gray wasn’t so happy.

“The less said about the performance the better. We looked scrappy and I wasn’t pleased with a lot of stuff,” he told the club’s website. “The pitch was hard to move the ball around on so there was no tempo to the game.

“Waltham are a good side and they worked their socks off, and didn’t make it easy for us.

“Some of our boys are looking lethargic after some hard sessions. I learned a lot, although quite a lot of it I wasn’t happy with.

“I’m disappointed with a 6-2 win - it’s one of those things.”

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Gray said Tuesday’s friendly at Biggleswade Town couldn’t come quick enough so City could fix their mistakes and put on a better show.

The Saints have three games this week as final preparations for August 8 and the season opener at Gosport Borough begin. After Tuesday’s trip to Biggleswade, City travel to Hitchin Town on Thursday and welcome Woking to Clarence Park on Saturday.