Saints march on with a third National League South win from five
PUBLISHED: 09:19 25 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:19 25 August 2016
St Albans City claimed a third victory in five National League South games with a 1-0 triumph at Welling United on Saturday.
A penalty from City’s former Wycombe Wanderers man Junior Morias three minutes before the break proved to be the winner for Ian Allinson’s men.
Welling, yet to register a home point in the league this season, started well and hit the bar in the opening stages.
A flowing move saw a long throw from United keeper Chris Lewington pick out Archie Johnson on the left wing.
His cross into the Saints box found Dan Walker who controlled and smashed goalwards only to see keeper James Russell get a slight touch as it cannoned off the bar.
City responded and Lewington made smart stops with his legs to thwart both Louie Theophanous and Morias.
The only goal of the game arrived three minutes from the break.
Shaun Lucien was felled by Mitchell Nelson and Morias slammed the resulting penalty right-footed down the middle with keeper Lewington diving to his right.
After the break a Dipo Akinyemi cross-shot just evaded Morias sliding in as he was inches away from his and City’s second of the afternoon.
Welling’s Nelson then almost made up for his penalty giveaway, however his header hit the bar following a free-kick from Bobby Devyne on the right.
Russell came to Saints’ rescue later on as a first time deep cross from Oliver Sprague on the left was met on volley at far post by Danny Waldren whose effort bounced goalwards only to be tipped over by the stopper to secure his side the points.