Not a vintage drop but Ian Allinson happy with another St Albans City win

St Albans City manager Ian Allinson. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

St Albans City manager Ian Allinson. Picture: LEIGH PAGE - Credit: Archant

St Albans City manager Ian Allinson admitted the 5-0 home win over Hungerford Town wasn’t their best performance but was delighted with another five-star showing.

It followed a 5-1 success over Bishop’s Stortford and a 5-0 win against Truro City in recent weeks.

And it keeps City in second place in the Vanarama National South table.

But it wasn’t a vintage performance by any stretch.

Allinson said: “We’ve been a bit fortunate because at 1-0 it was a tight game. They’re one of the few sides that have come here and had a go at us. They made it difficult although we’ve missed a couple of gilt-edged chances.

“The sending off makes it a different game but to be fair to them they were brave, kept three up front and kept having a go at us.

“By doing that you’re always going to leave holes and our front three would cause a back four problems, never mind a back three.

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“We spoke about keeping the ball better at half time and giving it to David Noble. He started to dictate the play and the second goal opened things up for us.

It all started with Lee Chappell’s first goal of the season.

“When he was at Wealdstone and we played them, we knew he could get around 10-goals a season,” said Allinson.

“But he was a different player then. He would take free-kicks and get in the box more.

“Here he’s got a bit more responsibility in a midfield role and doesn’t get in there as much.

“But he’s taken a chance and it’s a ricocheted off his head and ended up on the back of the net.”