Injury time goal earns Saints three points

Chris Henry celebrates scoring his second of the afternoon. Picture by Leigh Page

Chris Henry celebrates scoring his second of the afternoon. Picture by Leigh Page - Credit: Archant

GOALS in the 89th and 91st minutes handed St Albans City a dramatic come-from-behind victory over Banbury at Clarence Park on Saturday.

Trailing 2-1 with the clock ticking down, substitute David Keenleyside swept a curling shot past Ben McNamara to level the game, but City were not done there. As with the game headed towards a draw, Chris Henry finished off a fluid counter-attack to win the game and keep Saints’ perfect home record intact.

After the game, joint manager Graham Golds said it was not the best performance, but the side had earned the all-important three points.

“The important thing was the three points; sometimes you play better and lose so we’re happy to get the three points but the performance could have been better,” he said.

“We’ve got a new team trying to gel so we will have a few inconsistencies but we ground out the result, and that’s what’s important.”

City struggled out of the gate, a trend that is becoming worryingly familiar in the early stages of the season, but improved enough throughout the second-half to win the game.

Golds praised the introduction of Henry and Keenleyside from the bench for turning the game in City’s favour.

Most Read

“Chris has come on and got us a goal, set one up and Keenleyside has got the other; you have subs to change the game and it worked for us today,” he said.

He also paid tribute to goalkeeper Paul Bastock, who kept Saints in the game with a first-half penalty save, and the crowd for cheering his side to victory.

“The support was great; you could hear the fans and it gave the boys a lift,” he explained.

“We haven’t played well today but the more the support we get the better the boys will react to it. I would ask the fans to be patient and hopefully we can push on and achieve our aim of promotion.”