Saints left shellshocked by Torquay as Allinson admits ‘it could have been 10’

St Albans City players acknowledge the players at the end of the game. Picture: JIM STANDEN

St Albans City players acknowledge the players at the end of the game. Picture: JIM STANDEN - Credit: Archant

A gloomy Ian Allinson said St Albans City were extremely fortunate not to be on the wrong end of a huge score after their play-off hopes were exploded by National League South champions Torquay United.

Clovis Kamdjo heads clear for St Albans City. Picture: JIM STANDEN

Clovis Kamdjo heads clear for St Albans City. Picture: JIM STANDEN - Credit: Archant

“It ended up 4-0 but it could quite easily have been 10-0,” said the City boss as the non-contest at Clarence Park brought the curtain down on another season.

“And without Dean Snedker in goal it might have been. He has made three or four unbelievable saves, including the penalty.”

Solomon Sambou is beaten to the ball. Picture: JIM STANDEN

Solomon Sambou is beaten to the ball. Picture: JIM STANDEN - Credit: Archant

Saints knew that a win over the Gulls, and a defeat for Billericay at home to Bath, would place them into the post-season programme.

Ten seconds after kick-off though Torquay were in front, they almost made it two 50 seconds later, hitting the crossbar, and then did double their advantage as the clock reached eight minutes.

Liam Sole has a shot for St Albans City against Torquay United in the National League South at Clare

Liam Sole has a shot for St Albans City against Torquay United in the National League South at Clarence Park. Picture: JIM STANDEN - Credit: Archant


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Such was their dominance that the game was over before it had really started.

“We were passive from the first whistle and we didn’t look like we were up for a cup final, and it was a cup final,” said Allinson.

David Moyo sees his first-half effort saved by Shaun MacDonald. Picture: JIM STANDEN

David Moyo sees his first-half effort saved by Shaun MacDonald. Picture: JIM STANDEN - Credit: Archant

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“I know we were waiting on other results but if we’d won, we would have been in the play-offs and we haven’t been good enough.

“We haven’t been good enough to put in a performance that would be good enough to beat the champions and we haven’t been good enough to stay in the game and give us a chance with 20 minutes.”

St Albans City formed a guard of honour onto the pitch for National League South champions Torquay U

St Albans City formed a guard of honour onto the pitch for National League South champions Torquay United. Picture: JIM STANDEN - Credit: Archant

A big crowd had packed the Park in anticipation of glory, but half of the near 2,000 crowd were left with nothing to move them, a fact that the boss was disappointed in.

He said: “We’ve had a couple of little chances. If we could have got back to 2-1 we could have really had a go at them.

Ben Wyatt collects his player of the year trophy at the end of the game. Picture: JIM STANDEN

Ben Wyatt collects his player of the year trophy at the end of the game. Picture: JIM STANDEN - Credit: Archant

“We were going towards our crowd and we could have given them something to shout about.

“But we never gave them anything all day.

Pictured; Jamie Reid sees his penalty saved by Dean Snedker.
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Pictured; Jamie Reid sees his penalty saved by Dean Snedker. St. Albans vs Torquay Torquay Football Club are currently sitting first in the league and they are playing St. Albans at their home ground and they are in 8th place during this game. Final score is Torquay 4 St Albans 0. Photographer: CPL BEN BECKETT RLC /MoD Crown Copyright - Credit: Cpl Beckett RLC

“When you go back to the East Thurrock game for example, we gave them something to get behind and lift us but not today.

“We needed a spark and we never had it.

“But let’s not take anything away from Torquay, they were superb.

“We have to wipe ourselves down and start planning and preparing for next season.”

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