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HERTFORDSHIRE DERBY: St Albans win again at Hemel’s expense

 Published on: 27th December 2019   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Hemel Hempstead Town F.C

St Albans continued their good recent form with a 2-0 home win against struggling Hemel Town with goals from Joe Laciofano and Zane Banton.

It was the away side with the early chance when the ball fell to Rob Sinclair but there wasn’t enough on it to trouble Snedker in goal.

Another great chance came to Hemel just moments later when Niko Muir after a great cross from full-back Tosan Popo, but again Snedker was there to deny the goal.

Hemel were dominating the early stages of the game, but the Saints did get their first opportunity to take the lead just before the half hour mark, with in-form striker Laciofano met Fielding’s cross but this time it was Beasant who tipped wide.

The breakthrough eventually came a few minutes before the half-time break after Munashe Sundire’s fantastic cross found Laciofano in the box who calmly took a touch, before slotting the ball past Beasant.

Despite dominating much of the first half, Hemel found themselves trailing at the interval, and the situation got even worse in the second half when Freddie Grant saw red on the 48th minute for a bad challenge.

On the 62nd minute, Zane Banton gave St Albans a two goal lead after a sensational solo effort, he received the ball on the edge of his own box and drove forward, then picking out the perfect strike to go beyond Beasant from around 20 yards out.

The match brought a crowd of just over 1000 people, and they were almost treated to another Banton solo goal, only for the strike to be tipped wide again by Beasant.

St Albans now find themselves outside of the relegation zone having not lost a game in their last five, drawing three and winning their last two.

Hemel’s form is the opposite, having not won in their last five, meaning they drop out of the play-off places. 

Both sides have another game on Saturday, December 28, with Hemel at home to Slough Town, whilst St Albans face a trip to league leaders Wealdstone.

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