St Albans City won away from home today (February 22) at Havant and Waterlooville despite going a goal behind in the first half.
The Saints jumped up to 16th in the table, and are currently two points above the relegation area, in a weekend that has dragged many other teams into the relegation dog fight.
It wasn’t the best of starts for the away side when Ayunga gave Havant the lead on the 18th minute after a cross was floated in.
St Albans’ top scorer Joe Iaciofano went close to levelling procedures not long after the goal, but his headed effort went wide of the mark.
Noble had an opportunity to bring the game back to all square on the 43rd minute when his free kick went inches wide of the near post.
On the 53rd minute, Havant and Waterlooville had a man sent off when Danny Kedwell was given his marching orders after a coming together with Bender.
Just thirteen minutes later, St Albans got the equaliser after a corner was brilliantly delivered into the box and substitute Sam Merson was there to nod home.
Things got even better on the 78th minute when The Saints got themselves in front after brilliant play from Iaciofano, who squared the ball for Zane Banton who was never going to miss the chance.
The home side almost equalised on the 85th minute, but for a brilliant save from Dean Snedker to deny Rutherford.
Iaciofano had a number of opportunities to put the game beyond doubt but the goalkeeper denied him on all occasions.
St Albans held on in the end to claim a vital three points, and their first victory in four games.
A massive game awaits on Saturday, February 29 as St Albans travel again, this time to Chippenham Town, who themselves are wrapped in the relegation fight.
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