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.


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

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