St Albans City claim another pre-season clean sheet after stalemate with Sutton United

PUBLISHED: 14:17 23 September 2020 | UPDATED: 14:18 23 September 2020

David Noble in action for St Albans City in their pre-season friendly against Sutton United. Picture: JIM STANDEN

David Noble in action for St Albans City in their pre-season friendly against Sutton United. Picture: JIM STANDEN

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St Albans City get their third scoreless draw of pre-season in a tough fixture against Sutton United.

Zane Banton in action for St Albans City in their pre-season friendly against Sutton United. Picture: JIM STANDENZane Banton in action for St Albans City in their pre-season friendly against Sutton United. Picture: JIM STANDEN

And while the Saints failed to score at Clarence Park against the established Conference National side, they did have some promising moments in the second half.

Steve Conroy, Chris Winton and Ian Allinson look on as St Albans City take on Sutton United in a pre-season friendly. Picture: JIM STANDENSteve Conroy, Chris Winton and Ian Allinson look on as St Albans City take on Sutton United in a pre-season friendly. Picture: JIM STANDEN

No real chances of note took place for the opening 30 minutes despite Sutton having most of the possession

Luke Warner-Eley in action for St Albans City in their pre-season friendly against Sutton United. Picture: JIM STANDENLuke Warner-Eley in action for St Albans City in their pre-season friendly against Sutton United. Picture: JIM STANDEN

The first real opportunity of the game came after Michael Johnson failed to hold on to a header from Sutton but luckily James Kaloczi was there to clear his lines.

Tom Bender clears for St Albans City in their pre-season friendly against Sutton United. Picture: JIM STANDENTom Bender clears for St Albans City in their pre-season friendly against Sutton United. Picture: JIM STANDEN

Sutton were most certainly the better of the two sides during the first period but both sides seemed to cancel each other out as they were unable to create many chances

David Diedhiou heads clear for St Albans City in their pre-season friendly against Sutton United. Picture: JIM STANDENDavid Diedhiou heads clear for St Albans City in their pre-season friendly against Sutton United. Picture: JIM STANDEN

More of the same occurred after the break despite City getting more of the ball and looking more threatening.

The biggest chance of the half for the Saints fell to Kaloczi as he had a rather scrappy header cleared off the line by the Sutton defence.

This is now City’s sixth clean sheet during pre-season having only conceded two against Hashtag United.


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