Saints boss Allinson praises young squad as Poole sink to City’s five-star pacesetters

PUBLISHED: 08:00 24 August 2017

St Albans Rhys Murrell-Williamson celebrates scoring the winning goal at Poole (pic Leigh Page)

St Albans Rhys Murrell-Williamson celebrates scoring the winning goal at Poole (pic Leigh Page)


St Albans manager Ian Allinson saw his young side make it a fantastic five National South wins out of five with a 1-0 success down at Poole Town on Saturday.

St Albans Kieran Monlouis in action against Poole Town (pic Leigh Page)St Albans Kieran Monlouis in action against Poole Town (pic Leigh Page)

And he admitted he was delighted to see his young players taking their chance in the side this season, to help put Saints at the top of the table.

Rhys Murrell-Williamson netted the only goal of the game on the south coast, his third goal in the last three matches, and Allinson hailed the enthusiasm of the Saints youth.

He said: “When you go with youngsters there isn’t any fear. They are going to make mistakes, we understand that, but there is an energy about them that we can’t take away from them because the energy is what has given us the results so far.

“They never know when they’re going to be beat and if you put that in with the experience of Ben Hurd and David Noble it comes through. That’s all we can do at the moment.

“Sometimes it’s difficult, they’ve got a lot to learn. We’ve got two or three that have got experience, have played at a higher level, and we’ve got a lot of young lads who are learning the game and looking to step up.

“They have been playing in the Ryman League, want to play in the Conference South and we’ve given them the opportunity and they’ve grasped it with both hands.”

Allinson was forced into a couple of changes against the Dolphins, with Tom Bender suspended and Scott Thomas having picked up an injury in the win at Chelmsford.

But although looking to bring one or two new players in, Allinson is happy to keep his faith in his current squad, adding: “As long as they keep working hard and listening to what we’re trying to teach them, they will be fine.

“There will be hiccups and we have to deal with that when it happens. We’ve got to make sure we bring the right bodies in, but I was confident with the squad we had. The boys have done great and worked extremely hard.

“Tom Gardiner has come in for the last two games and been absolutely outstanding and Harold (Joseph) has been in since the start of the season.

“Poole is a difficult place to come, they were in the play-offs last year and we’ve come away with three points. It’s excellent the week we’ve had in terms of Chelmsford and Poole away.”

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