MacDonald scores four as Saints hit Whitehawk for six

Charlie Macdonald scored a first half hat-trick as St Albans earned a first win under manager Ian Al

Charlie Macdonald scored a first half hat-trick as St Albans earned a first win under manager Ian Allinson - Credit: Archant

Four goals from Charlie MacDonald helped St Albans City to a first league win in thirteen attempts as they ran out resounding 6-0 winners at home to Whitehawk on Saturday.

The striker found the net three times in the first 33 minutes to help give new boss Ian Allinson his first win at the sixth time of asking.

Louie Theophanous drilled home a fourth with twenty minutes remaining before Macdonald added another and Jonathan Edwards converted from the spot to complete a big win in front of the Clarence Park crowd.

The win also meant the Saints gained revenge for the six-nil loss in the corresponding fixture in October - against a side that took League 2 Dagenham and Redbridge to an FA Cup replay earlier this season.

The home side took the lead after 7 minutes when Harry Anderson’s beautifully weighted cross to the back post was dutifully nodded home by the striker on loan from Boreham Wood.

Macdonald doubled his and the home side’s tally 12 minutes later when he converted from the penalty spot after being bundled over when through on goal, a foul for which Whitehawk defender Juan Cruz Gotta was dismissed.

Saints’ number 10 completed a 33 minute hat-trick when he tapped home from two yards after Louie Theophanous’ long range effort had bounced off the woodwork.

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And they were desperately unlucky not to add a fourth when Lee Chappell’s free-kick crashed off the underside of the bar with Whitehawk keeper Craig Ross beaten.

Anderson struck the post just after the restart before the bar denied St Albans again, Theophanous the unlucky party on that ocassion.

But the forward did find the net with fifteen minutes to go, rifling home a fourth after being sent clear before Macdonald capitalised on a mix up in the Whitehawk defence to walk in a fifth moments later,

Substitute Edwards completed the scoring from twelve yards in the final minute after Swales had been fouled.