St Albans City couldn’t hold their first-half 2-0 lead against rock bottom Vanarama League National South side, Hungerford Town this afternoon (Saturday, January 4) as the sides ultimately shared the spoils.
Proceedings started brightly for The Saints, who needed the win at Clarence Park to haul themselves out of the bottom three.
Christmas Eve signing Jefferson Louis smashed in his debut goal on the 20 minute mark after he latched onto a loose ball in the box – he rifled the ball into the top corner. 1-0.
Just 20 minutes later, the former Hampton & Richmond Borough veteran doubled his tally and the Saints’ lead.
Fielding’s cross from the right was controlled by Iaciofano and eventually fell into the path of Louis, who smashed the ball past the goalkeeper. 2-0.
While there were a couple of late first half warning signs that Hungerford weren’t going to roll over in this tie, St Albans still had a comfortable 2-0 lead going into half time.
But the second half began much as the second ended, with Saints ‘keeper Snedker being forced into a save and Hungerford piling on pressure.
The Crusaders’ first breakthrough came in the 58th minute, when Graham slotted home at the near post. 2-1
St Albans held the lead until the 90th minute, when a corner dropped favourably to Tomlinson, who nodded home to make it 2-2.
While a draw is hugely disappointing for the Saints, it could’ve been far worse as Hungerford hit the post in the final minute, when they easily could have found the net.
Snedker made the save at the feet of Lynch but the ball broke to forward Ferdinand, who couldn’t find the back of the net.
The result leaves St Albans in 20th place, but level on points with the two teams ahead.
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