“It could have been easier,” says Gray; Chris Henry impresses

Chris Henry impressed in a rare start for St Albans City. Picture: Bob Walkley

Chris Henry impressed in a rare start for St Albans City. Picture: Bob Walkley - Credit: Archant

St Albans City joint manager declared himself pleased with his sides’ 1-0 win at Clarence Park on Monday.

John Frendo’s 18th minute goal in the first half settled the match but City needed a another solid defence display and an unbelievable save from Paul Bastock to keep a Chippenham fight back at bay.

After the game, Gray said: “We were not at our best but we got three points. Considering we had to travel [to Bideford] and back on Saturday and games coming thick and fast, I’m pleased with performance, and could have been more convincing.

“It could have been easier if we took chances but we got a clean sheet and three points.”

He added: “I was worried coming into the game because of our record against [Chippenham]. They’re a bogey side; they’re difficult side to handle.”

“I thought they played some good stuff and we need to get tight to them – James Kaloczi, Ram Marwa and James Comley made it difficult for them. Chippenham have a physical edge so we to be on our mettle to keep a clean sheet.

“After Saturday’s inept performance where we didn’t defend, move the ball or create chances, we put it right tonight with another three points.”

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Gray and fellow joint manager Graham Golds gave a rare start to Chris Henry and he repaid them with a blistering display, capped by a sublime cross that set up Frendo’s goal.

“It was a great goal,” said Gray.

“Chris created havoc for their defence and it was a great ball in.

“He’s had to be patient but he’s done so well for us coming off the bench that it was time to give him a start. We told him to give us what he does off the bench, which he did; he was superb. He had the bit between his teeth and created chances for us.”