St Albans City and Bashley play out draw

Graham Golds and James Gray on the sidelines

Graham Golds and James Gray on the sidelines - Credit: Archant

GOALS from Elliott Godfrey and Greg Ngoyi earned St Albans City a point in a 2-2 draw with Bashley at Clarence Park this afternoon (Saturday).

Plenty of chances came and went in the opening stages, but it was the hosts who struck first.

City took the lead on 18 minutes as a cross-field ball from Richard Graham was knocked towards his own goal by a Bashley defender.

The pass-back was too short and Elliott Godfrey managed to toe poke the ball past visiting keeper Stuart Moore.

Bashley, managed by former Leeds United and Sunderland player Frank Gray, levelled less than 10 minutes later.

Alex Moth, an early substitute for the injured Charlie Knight, crossed for skipper Ian Richardson to head home from a tight angle at the far post.

Bashley flew out of the blocks after the break and went ahead two minutes in.

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A deep cross from the right found the head of Ian Oliver and he nodded past Jupp, who got a hand to the ball but was unable to keep it out.

The away side almost went 3-1 up soon after when Oliver smashed a 30 yarder which rattled Jupp’s crossbar before being cleared.

City bosses James Gray and Graham Golds made a double substitution bringing on Dave Keenleyside and Brad Wadkins for Fabio Bufano and Chris Henry.

The change proved key as on 62 minutes a James Comley corner was headed through a crowded area by Keenleyside and touched in by striker Greg Ngoyi.

There were half chances for both sides before the end, but a draw was a fair result.