Banton sends St Albans City back into play-off places with winner at Hampton & Richmond Borough

PUBLISHED: 19:20 26 January 2019 | UPDATED: 10:19 27 January 2019

Zane Banton guides the ball in tot he back of the net to secure all three points for the Saints. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Zane Banton guides the ball in tot he back of the net to secure all three points for the Saints. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

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St Albans City returned to winning ways in National South with a 1-0 win against Hampton & Richmond Borough.

Khale Da Costa slips past the Hampton defence. Picture: LEIGH PAGEKhale Da Costa slips past the Hampton defence. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Zane Banton got the only goal of the game in the second half as City, with the aid of a three-point deduction for Concord Rangers, moved back into the play-off places.

David Moyo blasts the ball towards goal. Picture: LEIGH PAGEDavid Moyo blasts the ball towards goal. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

It took almost half an hour for the first opening of the game and it fell the way of Saints.

Khale Da Costa slips through the Hampton defence. Picture: LEIGH PAGEKhale Da Costa slips through the Hampton defence. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Khale Da Costa burst down the right and whipped a ball towards the back post where David Moyo met it, but his downwards header drifted wide of the post.

Lewis Knight wins an aerial battle. Picture: LEIGH PAGELewis Knight wins an aerial battle. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Da Costa was involved again eight minutes later and almost opened the scoring when he cut into the box, drifted past Simon Downer, and sent a powerful strike from the angle that Tom Lovelock had to tip over the bar.

Tom Bender heads towards goal. Picture: LEIGH PAGETom Bender heads towards goal. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

The hosts made a change during the interval bringing on Craig Dundas for Zak Joseph, but it was a change that had little effect with the Saints continuing to have better of the two sides after the break.

Zane Banton blasts the ball towards the Hampton goal. Picture: LEIGH PAGEZane Banton blasts the ball towards the Hampton goal. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

And they eventually took the lead just past the hour mark following a brilliantly worked move that saw Da Costa tee up Banton with a back heel and the former Luton Town man calmly took a touch before stroking the ball home.

Khale Da Costa powers his way through the Hampton defence. Picture: LEIGH PAGEKhale Da Costa powers his way through the Hampton defence. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

The Beavers were presented with an opportunity for an equaliser just three minutes later when Solomon Sambou was harshly adjudged to have brought down a Hampton man 25 yards out.

Dave Diedhiou heads towards the Hampton goal. Picture: LEIGH PAGEDave Diedhiou heads towards the Hampton goal. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Matt Whichelow’s free-kick was well struck and looped over the City wall, but Dean Snedker shifted to his left and made the save low to his left.

Ben Wyatt congratulates Zane Banton after he secured all three points for the Saints. Picture: LEIGH PAGEBen Wyatt congratulates Zane Banton after he secured all three points for the Saints. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Ian Allinson’s side continued to push for a second and Sambou almost grabbed it when he met Moyo’s cross from the left at the back post.

Zane Banton's strike proved to be the only goal of the game. Picture: LEIGH PAGEZane Banton's strike proved to be the only goal of the game. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

However, he failed to time his header correctly and it failed to trouble Lovelock.

1066: A fine battling performance by St Albans City ensured a win against Hampton & Richmond Borough. Picture: LEIGH PAGE1066: A fine battling performance by St Albans City ensured a win against Hampton & Richmond Borough. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Da Costa was next to have a sight of goal, twisting and turning on the edge of the Hampton box before sending a curling left footed effort over the bar.

St Albans City put the Hampton goal under pressure. Picture: LEIGH PAGESt Albans City put the Hampton goal under pressure. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

With the game entering the final stage the Beavers went in search of an equaliser but the closest they came was through Chris Dickson’s snap shot on the turn, which Snedker gathered easily low to his right.

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