St Albans City start their away season in the Vanarama National League South with a point at Concord Rangers thanks to a second half equaliser from Dave Diedhiou.
Concord went ahead five minutes before half time after they were awarded a penalty, which Alex Wall stepped up and took the chance well.
Wall was looking dangerous in the early stages of the game for the home side when he forces Saints’ goalkeeper Michael Johnson into a good save after an impressive counterattack.
Shaun Jeffers was looking the brightest for the Saints in the first half, and his effort from the edge of the box on the half-hour mark was the first time Concord’s goalkeeper was brought into action, but he caught the effort comfortably.
Minutes after being booked himself, Wall was then brought down in the St Albans penalty area to give himself a chance to score from 12-yards, which he took well to give his side the lead five minutes from the break.
Just before the hour mark, Munashe Sundire had the best chance to bring the Saints’ level when his deflected effort went narrowly wide.
The task looked even harder on the 69th minute when James Kaloczi saw red for a second bookable offence.
However, against the odds, just 10 minutes later Diedhiou managed to get his header on target with enough power to give the Concord goalkeeper no chance of keeping it out.
It almost got even better for the Saints when Joseph Chidyausiku after Tom Bender’s long throw caused chaos in the box, but he just couldn’t turn the ball home.
St Albans City will be happy to take a point away from Concord, in what seemed unlikely after they were down to 10 men late in the second half.
It’s FA Cup action for the Saints next as they welcome Mickleover in the Third Round Qualifying on Tuesday.