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HOME DEFEAT: St Albans beaten by Welling United despite late fightback

 Published on: 1st February 2020   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: St Albans City F.C

Joe Iaciofano’s second-half goal wasn’t enough for The Saints to take anything away from the game at home against Welling United, who ran out 2-1 victors.

Dipo Akinyemi opened the scoring for the visitors in the 28th minute after a free-kick was floated into the box, and he was in the right place at the right time to tap the ball beyond Dean Snedker.

St Albans were seeing a lot of the ball and controlling the majority of the play, but were unable to really break through the solid Welling defence in the first half.

Scott Shulton had a good chance in the second half to bring The Saints back on level terms after Zane Banton picked up the loose ball and set him up for the shot but his effort went over.

Welling almost doubled their lead on the 62nd minute when another free-kick troubled the home side as it was drilled across the goalmouth, but The Saints managed to clear their lines.

The second goal came moments later though when Akinyemi got his second of the game, striking from around 25 yards out and finding the net brilliantly.

St Albans replied instantly just a minute later though when the club’s top scorer, Iaciofano, found the net from close range.

On the 75th minute, goalkeeper Snedker was called into action once more to deny Welling from going further ahead when he tipped Henry’s shot just wide.

Snedker made a double save just moments later to keep the game alive for The Saints.

St Albans pressed for an equaliser in the latter stages of the game, but their efforts were not enough in the end to snatch what would have been an important point.

The Saints remain just outside the relegation area in the Vanarama National League South but are still dangerously close, and they travel to Bath City next weekend.

Picture courtesy of St Albans City FC 

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