Useful work-out as Kings Langley hold St Albans City

PUBLISHED: 10:09 13 July 2016 | UPDATED: 10:09 13 July 2016

Junior Morias. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

Junior Morias. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

Robert Walkley

St Albans City's second pre-season outing ended in a goal-less stalemate at Kings Langley.

Saints did create the best chances of the game but couldn’t find a way through.

Manager Ian Allinson continued to give as much of his squad as possible playing time, with seven changes at half-time.

Saints skipper Lee Chappell made his first appearance of the year in midfield with Shaun Lucien starting on the left wing.

And the former Wealdstone man was one of the stand-out performers.

He showed quick feet and good close-control on a number of occasions and his pace will be a threat during this season.

Speed is one thing that City have added to the squad over the summer.

Rhys Hoenes came on in the second period and won a number of free-kicks with his direct running.

And in Junior Morias they have a man who would not look out of place on the starting line of a 100m race.

Powerfully-built, the ex-Boreham Wood striker has the explosive acceleration of any top sprinter.

He had a number of chances to open his Saints account but a combination of good goalkeeping and slightly off-target shooting kept him waiting.

Matt Ball had arguably the best chance, scooping the ball over the bar after a Billy Gibson free-kick had been spilled.

St Albans continue their pre-season with a 3pm kick-off at Clarence Park this Saturday against Watford U21s.

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