Poole Town 0 St Albans City 1: Five-star Saints shine on coast
- Credit: Archant
St Albans City made it five wins in five National League South outings with a 1-0 victory at Poole Town.
The visitors started the game well and dominated possession, although Kieran Monlouis’ two early speculative efforts failed to trouble the home goal.
The Saints looked eager to continue the form that had seen them to an impressive victory at Chelmsford in midweek, but struggled to create any clear openings as Charlie Walker and Zane Banton had efforts blocked inside the box.
The hosts had their first sight of goal in the 32nd minute after a rare error from the Saints defence when a stray ball bounced off Layne Eadie and into the path of Steve Devlin, who hit an effort across goal that failed to trouble Dean Snedker.
The only goal came eight minutes later when Banton cut in from the right and beat several Poole players in the box before being tackled, with the ball falling for Rhys Murrell-Williamson to take a couple of touches before hitting a perfectly angled effort into the far corner of the net.
Poole could have been back on level terms prior to half-time as Steve Devlin’s free-kick from the right was floated in towards Spetch, but the defender’s header was straight at Snedker when he should have done much better.
The hosts came out after the break looking bright and Snedker was called upon to make an important save before the hour as Devlin, last season’s top scorer for the Dolphins, picked the ball up in the middle of the field and sent a powerful 25-yard drive that the goalkeeper saw late but did well to palm away.
- 1 Suspected loan sharks arrested in Hemel Hempstead
- 2 Meet the artist behind The Queen's Platinum Jubilee mural in St Albans
- 3 See inside this loft style apartment in a former hat factory
- 4 Building company resurfaces bridleway to provide safe route for riders and walkers
- 5 St Albans shop showcasing small independents by renting out shelves
- 6 Train timetable shakeup due in St Albans and Watford from May 15
- 7 Woman found in canal near M25 in Hertfordshire
- 8 Nearly 100 motorway cameras upgraded to catch drivers who flout red X rules
- 9 Harpenden neighbours condemn plans for builders merchant next to residential properties
- 10 Foodies queue to try street food sourced, cooked and served in Herts
Poole pushed forward in search of an equaliser but failed to make inroads as Saints sat back and soaked up the pressure.
Dickinson came closest to levelling in the late stages, but his strike was blocked by the impressive Harold Joseph, who gave another excellent defensive performance for the Saints.
Substitutes Sam Merson and Shaun Lucien had chances to extend City’s lead as the game ticked into additional time, but the visitors held on and ensured that stayed top of the table going into the Bank Holiday weekend.
St Albans City: Snedker; Herd; Eadie; Noble (Kiangebeni 86); Gardiner; Joseph; Murrell-Williamson; Sambou; Monlouis; Walker (Merson 84); Banton (Lucien 85). Unused subs: Gibson; Allinson-Stalham.