National South: St Albans City ride their luck to clinch win over Oxford City

David Moyo in action against Oxford City. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

David Moyo in action against Oxford City. Picture: LEIGH PAGE - Credit: Archant

Ian Allinson admitted his side were second best for long parts against Oxford City but it didn’t stop St Albans City making it four wins from five with a 1-0 success.

Tom Bender in action against Oxford City. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Tom Bender in action against Oxford City. Picture: LEIGH PAGE - Credit: Archant

It was another late goal. Three of those four successes have seen Saints grab a winner in the last 10 minutes while the one game that didn’t bring a victory saw City rescue a draw at Hemel Hempstead Town on New Year’s Day.

Tom Bender in action against Oxford City. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Tom Bender in action against Oxford City. Picture: LEIGH PAGE - Credit: Archant

David Moyo was the match winner this week, striking four minutes from time, but the Saints boss said they rode their luck at times.

Zane Banton slips past the Oxford City midfield. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Zane Banton slips past the Oxford City midfield. Picture: LEIGH PAGE - Credit: Archant

He said: “We haven’t played well. I can’t blame the players for their commitment and endeavour and work rate but the quality was poor.

Sam Merson receives the man of the match award. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Sam Merson receives the man of the match award. Picture: LEIGH PAGE - Credit: Archant

“We couldn’t put two passes together for long periods and we looked like we were lacking in ideas.

David Moyo rises at the back post to head towards goal. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

David Moyo rises at the back post to head towards goal. Picture: LEIGH PAGE - Credit: Archant


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“We can’t play well every week and sometimes you have to dig deep and we’ve done that and got the three points.

Sam Merson in action against Oxford City. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Sam Merson in action against Oxford City. Picture: LEIGH PAGE - Credit: Archant

“You have to ride your luck at times and we’ve picked up 13 points from the five games,

Zane Banton stretches his legs through the middle of the park. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Zane Banton stretches his legs through the middle of the park. Picture: LEIGH PAGE - Credit: Archant

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“You can go back to the games against Hemel and Billericay here and Eastbourne away and we probably looked the worst of the two sides in each occasion but we’ve been able to pick up points.

Sam Merson wins an aerial battle. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Sam Merson wins an aerial battle. Picture: LEIGH PAGE - Credit: Archant

“But that’s what football is like. You have to take your opportunities when they come along.”

Dave Diedhiou and David Moyo put Craig King under pressure. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Dave Diedhiou and David Moyo put Craig King under pressure. Picture: LEIGH PAGE - Credit: Archant

Allinson brought on Jordan Sanderson and Khale Da Costs after 69 minutes and he felt the two substitutes made a big difference.

David Moyo celebrates after scoring after 86 minutes. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

David Moyo celebrates after scoring after 86 minutes. Picture: LEIGH PAGE - Credit: Archant

However, the biggest praise went to the defence.

Tom Bender in control at the back. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Tom Bender in control at the back. Picture: LEIGH PAGE - Credit: Archant

He said: “The changes helped liven us up and we started to create a bit of panic in their back four and create one or two little half chances and “managed to get the goal.

Dean Snedker kept a clean sheet against Oxford City. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Dean Snedker kept a clean sheet against Oxford City. Picture: LEIGH PAGE - Credit: Archant

“That’s the first time we’ve got behind their defence down the flanks.

Khale Da Costa trying to find a way past the Oxford defence. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Khale Da Costa trying to find a way past the Oxford defence. Picture: LEIGH PAGE - Credit: Archant

“We’ve struggled in the final third but full credit to our back four who were outstanding.

David Moyo tries his luck from range. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

David Moyo tries his luck from range. Picture: LEIGH PAGE - Credit: Archant

“It was a tough game but they’ve kept a clean sheet and deserved it.”

St Albans City celebrate their late winner against Oxford City. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

St Albans City celebrate their late winner against Oxford City. Picture: LEIGH PAGE - Credit: Archant

Zane Banton celebrates with David Moyo after the Saints' late winner. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Zane Banton celebrates with David Moyo after the Saints' late winner. Picture: LEIGH PAGE - Credit: Archant

David Moyo secured all three points with a fine header late in the game. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

David Moyo secured all three points with a fine header late in the game. Picture: LEIGH PAGE - Credit: Archant

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