Saints cruise to win at Bognor
Bognor Regis Town 0 St Albans City 5 (James Fisher 12, Paul Hakim 37, 66, Jonathan Hunt 49pen, 70) James Ronayne at Nyewood Lane TWO goals apiece from Paul Hakim and Jonathan Hunt helped City to their biggest away win of the season with manager Steve Ca
Bognor Regis Town 0
St Albans City 5 (James Fisher 12, Paul Hakim 37, 66, Jonathan Hunt 49pen, 70)
James Ronayne at Nyewood Lane
TWO goals apiece from Paul Hakim and Jonathan Hunt helped City to their biggest away win of the season with manager Steve Castle not ruling out a late surge for the play-offs.
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City have become clinical in front of goal in their last two outings and the results are there for all to see, scoring eight goals in a week.
City made just one change from the side that beat Basingstoke on Tuesday night with Scott Cousins missing out because of food poisoning. His place was taken by Alex Bailey, who returned to the club during the week having been released in November.
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Bognor beat Chelmsford seven days earlier and the result had clearly given the club confidence.
Jahson Downes picked the ball up on the edge of the area and after wriggling through several City tackles his shot was deflected wide for a corner.
Solomon Shields and James Fisher dominated the midfield and it didn't take long for City to break the deadlock. Hassan Sulaiman played the ball up to Hakim who laid it off to Fisher and the midfielder crashed his shot into the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the area for his second goal in as many games.
Downes was causing the visiting defence problems with his tricky footwork and when he wrestled the ball away from Sulaiman, he fizzed the ball agonisingly close to the far post.
City doubled their lead eight minutes before the interval. Hakim's initial shot looped out to the left wing where the industrious Hector Mackie picked the ball up. He looked up and played a low cross to Hakim, who fired home with the aid of a deflection.
The goals helped St Albans play their football with confidence, helped by the impressive Shields in midfield.
Bognor boss Darin Kilpartrick made a double change at half time introducing Floyd Hamodu and ex-Wimbledon player Duncan Jupp, but the changes had little effect as City added a third four minutes into the second half to kill the game off.
Shields picked the ball up on the left hand side and his surging run was brought to an end by Jupp, who when grounded handled the ball leaving referee Lennard with no option but to point to the spot. Hunt stepped up to send the 'keeper the wrong way.
The visitors notched goal number four in the 66th minute with the goal of the game. Ben Martin played a raking ball over the Bognor defence and Hakim latched onto it. Tight to the byline the City striker lifted the ball over the defender's head before poking it through the goalkeeper's legs.
City weren't finished there and added a fifth 20 minutes from time. Referee Lennard awarded a free kick on the left hand side and Hunt whipped the ball straight into the far corner of the net despite Hakim claiming to have got a touch.
Things went from bad to worse for Bognor as they lost their goalkeeper with a suspected broken ankle following an innocuous looking challenge with Gary Cohen. With no substitute 'keeper on the bench, left back Andrew Pearson donned the gloves but unfortunately City never called the makeshift 'keeper into action.
The closest City came to testing Pearson was when Hakim freed Shields but the young midfielder rushed his shot and fired wide.
The loss of their team mate seemed to spur the home side on and they enjoyed three straight corners as the City defence had a brief stumble.
City closed out the game without any trouble to pick up their second win in a week. Hakim's brace moves the City marksman up to second in the goalscoring charts, while the defence is buoyed by its second clean sheet in a week.
Credit must go to Bognor, who despite being 5-0 down, still tried to play football in the right manner, and given time their young team could develop into a good side.
City move onwards and upwards and will be looking to continue their good run when Team Bath visit on Saturday.
Bognor Regis Town: Ender (French 75), Crane (Jupp 46), Smith, Byrne, Pearson, Cox, Chamberlain, Smith, Willis, Lynch (Hamodu 46), Downes.
St Albans City: Bastock, Sulaiman, B.Martin, Quilter, Bailey, Hunt, Shields, Fisher, Mackie (Mortimer 76), Cohen (S.Martin 78), Hakim (Effiong 78). Subs not used: Seeby.
Referee: Harry Lennard (Peacehaven)