A 90th minute stunning strike from Shaun Jeffers continued St Albans’ winning streak in the Vanarama National League South, with a 1-0 victory away from home over current league leaders Dartford Town.
The result has left St Albans unbeaten in six league games, winning five and drawing one.
Zane Banton had the Saint’s first real opportunity in the first half after Jeffers set him away in the 22nd minute, and despite his well-struck effort, Dartford goalkeeper Craig King kept him out.
The two danger-men for St Albans linked up again 10 minutes later, and Banton looked to have a clear sight at goal but the but was stopped just before he could get the effort away.
Jeffers had yet another good chance to put the Saints ahead moments before half time, but again King saved well to frustrate Ian Allinson’s men.
Dartford came out stronger at the start of the second half with Noor Husin having their best chance of the game so far, but the Saints defended well to stop the effort.
The home side were awarded a penalty in the 62nd minute after a controversial foul was spotted by the referee. Goalkeeper Michael Johnson was the hero though and saved the penalty to keep the score level.
The Saints were lifted as a result, and almost went ahead themselves 10 minutes later but the crossbar denied Jeffers after more good work from him and Banton.
The winner finally came in the final moments of the game after Jeffers finally got his goal with a outstanding effort from outside the box which hit the underside of the crossbar and went into the net.
The result puts the Saints just three points behind their opponents who top the National League South, despite having played three games less.
St Albans are back at home this Saturday as they welcome second-placed Hungerford Town to Clarence Park.
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