Wealdstone add more goals to their game to sink disappointing St Albans

PUBLISHED: 22:17 28 February 2017 | UPDATED: 22:17 28 February 2017

Tom Bender picked up a shoulder injury early against Wealdstone. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Tom Bender picked up a shoulder injury early against Wealdstone. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

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One-nil to the Arsenal may be the cry most are familiar with but Wealdstone were pretty close to claiming that chant for their own – that was until two late goals spoilt the narrative.

It would have been their third win by that result until Thomas Hamblin added a thunderous second and Danny Green an easy third to Joe White’s opener, inside the last 12 minutes.

But this was still their third win on the bounce, fifth game without defeat and fourth successive clean sheet and has lifted them to a comfortable position in mid-table.

It wasn’t without it’s nervy moments but this is a St Albans side a shadow of their former selves.

Gone is the swashbuckling team from earlier in the season and despite plenty of the ball in the second half, Jonathan North was rarely tested.

Up until the first goal City had looked confident. The defence, with Tom Bender at centre-half was looking solid and it was the hosts on the front foot.

But as so often in recent weeks a set-piece was their undoing.

A corner from the right was whipped in low and evaded all home defenders. It didn’t bypass Joe White though who bundled in from close range.

That visibly sucked the confidence out of St Albans and their mood wasn’t helped shortly after when Bender landed awkwardly after an aerial challenge.

He came off holding his shoulder with amateur diagnosis indicating a possible dislocation.

From then on Wealdstone was first to every ball and had that extra zip from a side in front.

That was until the second half. It was only a subtle change but Saints looked a bit hungrier in the tackle, with a belter from Scott Thomas that almost gave Jamie Cureton a goal being a prime example.

Wealdstone still looked dangerous on the break, with half-time substitute Nathan Mavila a big catalyst.

One run led to a free-kick which Thomas Hamblin nodded inches wide.

By the mid point of the half Saints’ manager Ian Allinson had went for all-out attack, with Charlie Walker joining Cureton, Sam Merson and Louie Theophanous up top.

But it was Wealdstone who got the next goal with Hamblin lashing home from inside the box after another corner wasn’t properly cleared.

And Green was given the freedom of Clarence Park to fire in number three and complete a miserable night for St Albans.

For Wealdstone though this resurgance just gets better and better.

St Albans: Russell, Casey, Bender (Martin 28), Chappell, Gardiner, Corcoran, Lucien (C.Walker 64), Thomas, Theophanous, Merson, Kerr (Cureton 55)

Subs (not used): Allinson, Swales

Goals:

Wealdstone: North, Oshodi, Brown, Sellers, Hamblin, Godfrey, Green, Cox, White (Wright 85), Wellard (J.Walker 88), Tajbakhsh (Mavilla 46)

Subs (not used): Parker, McGleish

Goals: White 19, Hamblin 78, Green 87

HT: St Albans City 0 Weladstone 1

Attendance: 563

Referee: Alan Dale


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