Frendo brings up 100 for City

PUBLISHED: 16:17 27 January 2014 | UPDATED: 17:48 27 January 2014

John Frendo fires the Saints to a 4-0 lead against Arlesey Town. Picture: Leigh Page

John Frendo fires the Saints to a 4-0 lead against Arlesey Town. Picture: Leigh Page

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Seven days after Manchester City broke the 100 goals in a season barrier at the Etihad, St Albans City did the same thing on their home turf.

John Frendo’s 19th minute opener from the penalty spot during Saturday’s 5-0 win over Arlesey Town brought up the century in front of 640 fans at Clarence Park.

Despite reaching the gaudy heights of 100 goals, joint manager Graham Golds admitted he didn’t know until after the game.

“I didn’t realise we’d done it until I read it in the post-match report,” he told the Herts Ad.

“It’s a great achievement for us. It’s how we set up; we try to give the lads the confidence to get at teams and score goals early because when we do we grow into the game.

“We want to entertain, get the ball down and play football. If you can play passing football, score goals and win games then you’ve hit the jackpot.”

The man leading the goalscoring charge has been Frendo; the frontman now has 29 goals in all competitions. He is now just 15 strikes away from matching his golden boot winning form which saw him net 44 times in 48 games while playing for Hitchin Town last season.

“Twenty-nine goals before February is outstanding and he’s on course for what he did last year; that’s why we brought him here,” said Golds.

“He’s enjoying it here, too. We spoke to him last week and he’s happy at the club, which bodes well for us.”

With Frendo scoring 30.16 per cent of the side’s goals, the boss admitted he wants to see more goals from the midfielders.

“We need to share the goals around; we’ve been after that all season,” said Golds.

“When you’ve got one person scoring so many you have to be careful in case he gets an injury or suspended. Having said that, we’ll take his goals all day long.”

He added: We want more from midfield. We want to see them break forward and score more goals. They did that on Saturday so hopefully they got the buzz for scoring and will do it more often.”

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