Player ratings: St Albans City 3 Hungerford Town 2

St Albans City kicked-off their Vanarama National League South campaign at home to Hungerford Town.

St Albans City kicked-off their Vanarama National League South campaign at home to Hungerford Town. - Credit: Archant

St Albans City hosted Hungerford Town in the Vanarama National League South. Read how Herts Advertiser’s NEIL METCALFE rated the players.

St Albans City:

Dean Snedker: 6 – Couldn’t be blamed for either goal really and was commanding from crosses.

Ben Herd: 7 – Admitted he loves to get forward and new wing-back role gave him plenty of chances. Three chances hit low just past the post which on another day would have given him the hat-trick.

Tom Bender: 7 – Playing in central defence, he made some big tackles when needed and was always a threat from set-pieces.

David Noble: 6 – Started brilliantly and controlled the midfield early on but began to wilt in the heat as the game got older.

Dave Diedhiou: 6 – Had a few nervy moments but looked very calm and composed in others. Size and pace could be a real asset in the season ahead as will his goal prowess if that finish is anything to go by.

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Tarik Moore-Azille: 6 – Like Diedhiou, he has oodles of pace and it helped him close down a few breaks. But unlike his centre-half partner sometimes too cool for his own good. Replaced by Merson.

Khale Da Costa: 7 – On this showing has adapted well to the wing-back role. One run saw him dance down the left past challenge after challenge. Overall work ethic was fantastic.

Solomon Sambou: 6 – Problem he has is he has set his bar very high so when he doesn’t hit it, it shows. Wasn’t his best game but was still a menace in the middle of the park.

Ralston Gabriel: 8 – Has all the tools to be a real hero at Clarence Park and his two goals alone would have been the perfect way to begin that journey. His superb all-round work-rate was the cherry on the cake.

David Moyo: 6 – Forming a very good partnership with Gabriel and worked solidly to create opportunities with his endless running of the channels. Didn’t have a real sight of goal though. Taken off for Banton.

Percy Kiangebeni: 6 – His energy is infectious and he worked his socks off to close down in defence and create chances in attack. Didn’t always come off though.

Substitutions:

67’ Sam Merson (6) on for Tarik Moore-Azille.

83’ Zane Banton (n/a) on for David Moyo.