St Albans City will be bitterly disappointed this evening (December 7) having not come away with three points following their 1-1 draw with 10-man Hampton & Richmond Borough.
The Saints were the better side in the first half, and eventually took the lead in the 41st minute thanks to Tom Bender from the penalty spot.
Sam Merson was caught in the air by Hampton’s Charlie Wassmer who was then given a yellow card. Manager Ian Allinson shouted for Bender to take the spot kick who smashed it into the right hand side of the net as the keeper went left.
In the second half, Hampton & Richmond were finally able to clinch the equaliser through Matt Young. A cross from Ruardith Donaldson was flicked on by Danilo Orsi-Dadomo to Young who flew in from the right to clip it past The City keeper Dean Snedker.
Wassmer was again given a second yellow card in the 65th minute for a late challenge on Sam Merson which left the referee no choice but to send the central defender off the pitch.
Having gone down to 10 men, St Albans were tantalisingly close to scoring a second goal when a Merson header hit the woodwork in the 86th minute.
Having settled with a point, St Albans remain bottom of the National League South but with a game in hand of Hungerford Town and Tonbridge Angles who sit 21st and 20th respectively.
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