Super Saints demolish high-flying Leamington
GOALS from Simon Martin, David Ijaha and Matt Taylor helped St Albans City end Leamington’s unbeaten league campaign this afternoon.
The Brakes went into the match second in the table having conceded just 10 goals all season, however City put in their best performance of the term to secure all three points after a 3-0 triumph.
Leamington made the long trip to Hertfordshire looking to maintain their unbeaten start to Southern League Premier Division campaign against the Saints, managed by caretaker bosses James Gray and Graham Golds.
It was the hosts though who enjoyed the greater of the early possession, but Leamington had the first chance when Curtis Ujah could only clear to the edge of the box, Craig Owen collected the ball, but shot wide.
The opening goal came on 16 minutes for the home side.
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Winger Chris Henry, who already had threatened down the right flank, drove a low ball into the box and Martin stuck out a toe to divert the ball into the bottom corner past keeper Niall Cooper.
Just three minutes later Richard Graham, played a cross-field ball to Chris Seeby.
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He exchanged passes with Henry before firing over from 25 yards.
Leamington then enjoyed their best spell of the half with Morley, Lee Chilton and James Mace all missing the target.
On 37 minutes Barry Hayles set Matt Taylor through on goal with just the keeper to beat, however the teenager slide his effort just wide.
The Brakes went close to a leveller on 41 minutes as a Morley free-kick was curled around the wall and heading into the net before keeper Nick Jupp turned it around the post.
However, rather than going in level the Saints managed to find a second.
A Graham free-kick into the away side’s box dropped to Ujah, his shot was blocked but the ball fell to Ijaha on the edge of the area and he smashed it home.
There was still time for Jupp to make a smart stop from Tom Berwick to maintain the two-goal cushion at the break.
The second period saw the visitors start strongly and Taylor was in the right place to clear off the goal-line as Matt Dodd headed a Martyn Naylor corner goalwards.
Just minutes later Naylor’s second corner of the half found Liam Daly, he saw his header come back off the frame of the goal before it was cleared.
City responded and Martin’s header from Henry’s deep cross went wide at the far post.
The impressive Henry was in the thick of it again on 64 minutes as City wrapped up the win.
His defence-splitting ball found Taylor, he held off his marker, knocked the ball past keeper Cooper and rolled his shot into the empty net for 3-0.
In the remainder City could have added to their tally with two dangerous crosses from Chris Seeby just evading Barry Hayles and then Henry.
Leamington went close through substitute Alex Taylor as he headed off target and then volleyed wide.
However, the Saints held on for their first league win in six as chants of “3-0 to the mighty Saints” rang around Clarence Park.