Historic first win at Twerton Park has birthday boys St Albans City celebrating
PUBLISHED: 19:11 13 April 2019 | UPDATED: 20:15 13 April 2019
Copyright - Leigh Page 2019
St Albans City moved inside the National League South play-off places with a 3-0 win over Bath City - their first ever victory at Twerton Park.
On the day that saw the club turn 111-years-old, impressive performances at either end of the pitch set Ian Allinson’s side up for an important three points at a ground that has so often seen them leave disappointed.
However, it was the hosts who started the game the better of the two sides and they struck the woodwork inside five minutes, Mann thumping a rebound off the crossbar after Batten’s vicious effort from range was pushed out by Dean Snedker.
And after withstanding the home side’s opening spell of pressure, Saints took the lead with their first shot on target.
Khale Da Costa’s corner dropped six yards out and Clovis Kamdjo, who had managed to lose his marker, directed his header into the roof of the net.
Snedker was called upon to make a smart double save just past the half-hour mark, turning Rigg’s strike from the edge of the box away to the left before pushing Raynes’ follow-up behind for a corner which a resolute City defence dealt with.
The Romans begun the second 45 in similar fashion and were almost level within three minutes after Cundy met Rigg’s corner, but the midfielder’s header flashed inches over the bar much to the relief of the Saints.
Less than a minute later and Snedker was called upon once again, this time palming Morton’s angled effort down before Kamdjo hacked the ball away from danger.
The hosts were well on top and it seemed like only a matter of time until they equalised, but that momentum was extinguished with a goal out of the blue in the 54th minute.
Michael Clark marched into the home half and found Sam Merson with a diagonal ball that the forward somehow nodded back across goal, onto the opposite post and over the line.
Bath looked for a way back into the game but were faced with a defence which continued to frustrate them as several aerial bombardments were blocked, hacked and headed away.
Ian Allinson was forced into a substitution with 20 minutes left after Scott Shulton went down following a heavy coming together with Morton.
The former Hemel man was replaced by Dave Diedhiou and the City manager will be hoping that he will be available for Friday’s game against East Thurrock United.
The introductions of Liam Sole and Luke Joyce-Dwarika for Khale Da Costa and Sam Merson added some pace to the Saints attack as the game started to stretch and Joyce-Dwarika played a major role in the third goal.
He burst down the right and squared the ball for Solomon Sambou who saw his effort blocked in the goal mouth by Batten before it ran into the path of Ben Wyatt and the midfielder’s first-time effort found the bottom corner of the net.