Merson pounces for first City goal as St Albans are held by Biggleswade

Sam Merson scored his first St Albans City goal against Biggleswade Town. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

Sam Merson scored his first St Albans City goal against Biggleswade Town. Picture: BOB WALKLEY - Credit: Archant

Sam Merson grabbed his first goal in a St Albans shirt – but the Saints are still looking for a pre-season success after a 1-1 draw with Biggleswade Town.

Merson pounced on 74 minutes, turning in a Shaun Lucien cross, in Saints fourth outing before the league season starts on August 6.

His goal cancelled out a fabulous effort from Chris Marsh just after the hour which had gave Southern League Premier Division Biggleswade a surprise lead.

Merson had the best chance to find a winner but his prod towards goal, from a Matt Ball pull-back seven minutes from time, went the wrong-side of the post.

A draw was probably the fairest result with neither side managing to create enough quality to threaten the goal with regularity.

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Both teams gave it a good go mind; the evening heat at Langford Lane certainly didn’t stop plenty of endeavour.

James Russell made a couple of good stops in the City goal, although he will no doubt be a little disappointed with the one that beat him.

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Andrew Iwediuno continued to impress in the heart of the defence and at left back while Lucien, Merson and Rhys Hoenes again look capable of causing defences problems with their direct running.

Saints looked their most fluent in the second period when Merson came into more of a central role and Junior Morias drifted to the left side of a front three, Lucien the man on the right.

That brought the goal and the late chance but City will be expecting to kick on when they entertain Vanarama National League side Boreham Wood on Saturday.

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