Praise for forwards as free-scoring St Albans City hit another five

Louie Theophanous slots the ball home to extend the Saints lead

Louie Theophanous slots the ball home to extend the Saints lead - Credit: Archant

Following the 5-0 home win over Truro City on Saturday, St Albans City boss Ian Allinson was full of praise for his front line which has already netted 30 times in all competitions this season.

Goals from strikers Louie Theophanous (15), Junior Morias (eight) and Sam Merson (seven) have propelled the Saints to fourth in the National League South table.

Theophanous and Morias both hit second half braces in the weekend’s triumph, afterwards Allinson said: “Between Junior, Merson and Theo they have scored 30 goals between them which is brilliant.

“We know if you give Louie half a yard in any 18 yard box and eight of out of 10 times he’ll finish it and we saw that again today with two fantastic finishes.

“I was really pleased with Junior’s first goal, it was the build up which was brilliant as they [he and Theophanous] played two little one-twos and Junior’s finish was sublime, the step-over sending the defender one way, laid the goalkeeper on his backside and rolled it into the bottom corner.”

Merson had started the game with Morias on the bench, however a head injury forced the former Redditch United man off with Morias coming on after half-an-hour.

By that point the Saints were 1-0 to the good courtesy of Ben Martin’s 11th minute header, but Allinson was at that stage not happy with his side.

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“I felt first half we weren’t really at the races,” he said.

“We started brightly and scored the goal quite early and then I felt for the next 30-35 minutes we really struggled to put any passing together.

“We looked a little bit lethargic, the game got stretched out, I thought they dominated it so it was good to get them in at half-time at 1-0.

“We put one or two things right at half-time, we wanted them to move the ball a bit quicker, pass the ball better with energy and enthusiasm about us and we managed to do that second half.

“Once we got the third it was a comfortable game in the final 10 minutes.”

Tonight (Monday) City face London Colney in the Herts Senior Cup at Clarence Park, with Allinson likely to rest first team regulars ahead of Saturday’s home FA Cup tie with Carlisle United.

The county competition remains one Allison would like to win to complete a personal hat-trick.

He added: “We’ll have a half decent side out Monday night, hopefully we can pick a win up because I want to go and win that cup.

“I have won it with Boreham Wood and Baldock so it would be nice to do it with another team.”