Shock win pleases Castle
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ST ALBANS City boss Steve Castle described Saturday’s shock 1-0 victory over promotion chasing Welling United as one of the most satisfying results he has been involved in.
Inih Effiong’s late volley was all that separated the two sides as City upset the odds against the Kent outfit and Castle was visibly delighted with the performance his inexperienced group of players turned in.
“I asked for a good attitude, enthusiasm and endeavour and they gave me that in bucket loads,” said the City boss afterwards.
“We’ve had three major players drop out, that’s obviously on top of Paul Bastock going, Ben Martin, Dave Deeney, Ryan Frater and James Fisher.
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“Yes we were hanging on to a degree against, arguably in my opinion one of the best teams in our league. I’ve got a lot of time for a lot of their players with Ben (Martin) and Lee (Clarke) in particular and especially their management team. I do hope that if it’s not top of the tree that they get themselves up via the play-offs because they’re a very well run club and they absolutely battered us at their place.
“I think that (today) was a bit or revenge for that but I would say that’s one of the most satisfying results I’ve been involved in because we had nothing. We’ve got lads that are leaving us in their droves, hopefully that’s only temporary but where do I change the team?”
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Castle also had praise for midfielder Rob Magwood, who despite only being 19, was one of the club’s senior players on the day.
“(I must give) A real special mention for someone like Rob Magwood,” said Castle.
“He’s had a real bad time of it by his own admission but he’s rolled his sleeves up, he was probably one of the senior lads out there and he’s given everything and I’m pleased as punch.”
Effiong’s goal was the 14th of the season for the former Boreham Wood man and Castle says he hopes to be able to retain the services of the club’s leading goalscorer despite interest from elsewhere.
“I’d like to think whatever’s going on for next year that this football club will want to retain his services,” said the City boss.
“I know he’s got the opportunity to go to Florida and I know he’s probably got opportunities to play at this level and maybe even higher.
“He’s done fantastic, there has been question marks over him over a season. Boreham Wood didn’t want to give him that opportunity, we gave him that opportunity and I think in general, what is that 14 goals, that’s a decent return for a 19-year-old.”
The club has also confirmed that is has paid the fine imposed by the Football Association.
The club was handed a �7,500 penalty plus costs, believed to be around �2,000, after being found to have breached several of the FA’s rules regarding payments to players which the club says was paid in full on Monday.
* Adam Everitt will be presented with his Harpenden Construction Ltd Player of the Month award for March prior to Bank Holiday Monday’s game with Havant & Waterlooville.
The club’s Player of the Season awards will also be presented on Monday after the game which is City’s final home match of the season.
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