National South: St Albans City ride their luck to clinch win over Oxford City

PUBLISHED: 20:32 05 January 2019 | UPDATED: 22:02 05 January 2019

David Moyo in action against Oxford City. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

David Moyo in action against Oxford City. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

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Ian Allinson admitted his side were second best for long parts against Oxford City but it didn't stop St Albans City making it four wins from five with a 1-0 success.

Tom Bender in action against Oxford City. Picture: LEIGH PAGETom Bender in action against Oxford City. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

It was another late goal. Three of those four successes have seen Saints grab a winner in the last 10 minutes while the one game that didn’t bring a victory saw City rescue a draw at Hemel Hempstead Town on New Year’s Day.

Tom Bender in action against Oxford City. Picture: LEIGH PAGETom Bender in action against Oxford City. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

David Moyo was the match winner this week, striking four minutes from time, but the Saints boss said they rode their luck at times.

Zane Banton slips past the Oxford City midfield. Picture: LEIGH PAGEZane Banton slips past the Oxford City midfield. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

He said: “We haven’t played well. I can’t blame the players for their commitment and endeavour and work rate but the quality was poor.

Sam Merson receives the man of the match award. Picture: LEIGH PAGESam Merson receives the man of the match award. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

“We couldn’t put two passes together for long periods and we looked like we were lacking in ideas.

David Moyo rises at the back post to head towards goal. Picture: LEIGH PAGEDavid Moyo rises at the back post to head towards goal. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

“We can’t play well every week and sometimes you have to dig deep and we’ve done that and got the three points.

Sam Merson in action against Oxford City. Picture: LEIGH PAGESam Merson in action against Oxford City. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

“You have to ride your luck at times and we’ve picked up 13 points from the five games,

Zane Banton stretches his legs through the middle of the park. Picture: LEIGH PAGEZane Banton stretches his legs through the middle of the park. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

“You can go back to the games against Hemel and Billericay here and Eastbourne away and we probably looked the worst of the two sides in each occasion but we’ve been able to pick up points.

Sam Merson wins an aerial battle. Picture: LEIGH PAGESam Merson wins an aerial battle. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

“But that’s what football is like. You have to take your opportunities when they come along.”

Dave Diedhiou and David Moyo put Craig King under pressure. Picture: LEIGH PAGEDave Diedhiou and David Moyo put Craig King under pressure. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Allinson brought on Jordan Sanderson and Khale Da Costs after 69 minutes and he felt the two substitutes made a big difference.

David Moyo celebrates after scoring after 86 minutes. Picture: LEIGH PAGEDavid Moyo celebrates after scoring after 86 minutes. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

However, the biggest praise went to the defence.

Tom Bender in control at the back. Picture: LEIGH PAGETom Bender in control at the back. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

He said: “The changes helped liven us up and we started to create a bit of panic in their back four and create one or two little half chances and “managed to get the goal.

Dean Snedker kept a clean sheet against Oxford City. Picture: LEIGH PAGEDean Snedker kept a clean sheet against Oxford City. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

“That’s the first time we’ve got behind their defence down the flanks.

Khale Da Costa trying to find a way past the Oxford defence. Picture: LEIGH PAGEKhale Da Costa trying to find a way past the Oxford defence. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

“We’ve struggled in the final third but full credit to our back four who were outstanding.

David Moyo tries his luck from range. Picture: LEIGH PAGEDavid Moyo tries his luck from range. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

“It was a tough game but they’ve kept a clean sheet and deserved it.”

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