Allinson impressed with hosts as St Albans open pre-season with win at Harpenden Town

Mitchell Weiss scored twice as St Albans City beat Harpenden Town in pre-season.

Mitchell Weiss scored twice as St Albans City beat Harpenden Town in pre-season. - Credit: TOBY HOWE

St Albans City manager Ian Allinson was full of praise for Harpenden Town as the National League South side kicked-off their pre-season campaign at Rothamsted Park.

Two late Mitchell Weiss goals gave them a 2-1 win at the SSML:side and the former Arsenal man was impressed by what he saw from the hosts.

He said: "They worked extremely hard and got a lot of bodies behind the ball. 

"They were very well organised but their keeper [Alex Desmond] has had a really special game and made five or six really good saves. 

"I didn’t want to leave Mitchell and Shaun [Jeffers] on for as long but I don’t want to lose any games. 

"We want to try and win everything we do, it’s the way we are. 

"There are lots of things to work on. We probably had a dozen corners and never had an end product but we played a lot more football in the second half and passed in well. 

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"We have just come off two weeks of putting miles into the legs and now we need to get some energy in to them."