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POINTS DROPPED: St Albans narrowly defeated away at Hampton and Richmond Borough

 Published on: 25th January 2020   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: St Albans City F.C

St Albans missed the chance to increase the gap between themselves and the relegation zone today (January 25), despite going ahead in the first half against Hampton and Richmond Borough. 

The game started in the best possible way for The Saints when David Noble chipped the ball over the Borough defence after eight minutes, and Zane Banton was on the end of it and finished clinically to give them the lead. 0-1 

Ryan Hill had the home side’s first real chance of the game, but his curling effort went just wide of the post. 

The equaliser did come just moments later though when Borough captain Luke Ruddick rifled the ball past Dean Snedker and into the net to make it 1-1. 

St Albans should have retaken the lead on the 28th minute when Tom Bender’s cross found Jefferson Louis, but his first-time effort went just wide. 

It was a quick turnaround though as on the 31st minute, Borough found themselves in front when Hill got on the end of a long ball and rounded Snedker to find the goal at his mercy and finished easily. 2-1. 

There wasn’t a lack of effort in the second half from The Saints, but the home side defended resolutely to not really allow them any real chances to snatch an equaliser. 

Shulton went the closest to an equaliser when Joe Iaciofano won the ball back and found him, allowing him to take aim but his low effort was well saved. 

Hampton and Richmond Borough had the chance to put the game to bed on the 84th minute when Orsi-Dadomo burst through but his effort was straight at Snedker. 

The home side defended well and it never really looked like St Albans were going to get their equaliser, and they will now hope to get back to winning ways next weekend at home to Welling United. 

The Saints are just one point above safety, and have played a game extra than the two sides behind them, Chippenham Town and Hungerford Town. 

 

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