More red card woes for St Albans City as they are sunk by Ebbsfleet

PUBLISHED: 12:13 26 September 2016 | UPDATED: 12:13 26 September 2016

Disbelief on the faces of the St Albans City players as Tom Bender is sent off against Ebbsfleet United. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

Disbelief on the faces of the St Albans City players as Tom Bender is sent off against Ebbsfleet United. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

Robert Walkley

St Albans City picked up a fourth red card in three Vanarama National League South games as they fell to a 3-1 defeat at Ebbsfleet United.

Tom Bender was given a straight red for a tackle in the 74th minute of the clash at Stonebridge Road but in truth the game was over as a contest long before that.

Saints found themselves 3-0 down after just 21 minutes, and conceded the first after a mere eight seconds.

On-loan Stevenage striker Dipo Akinyemi had pulled one back for City early in the second half but it turned out to be just a consolation.

Photographers Leigh Page and Bob Walkley were in the crowd to record the action.

St Albans turn their attention back to the FA Cup on Saturday when they host Worthing in the third qualifying round at Clarence Park.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

There is better news for City’s left-back as he has been named the Harpenden Construction Limited Player of the Month for September.

The presentation to Bender will be made prior to Saturday’s game by Jack Press of The Press Gang, who sponsor the September 2016 award.

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