St Albans City FC looked the real deal as they beat 5th placed Bath City a comfortable 0-3 on their own patch this afternoon (Saturday, February 8).
James Kaloczi missed out for St Albans with a knock and was replaced by Diedhiou, who played in the heart of the defence alongside the returning Longe-King.
Nwabuokei also came back into the side along with Rohdell Gordon.
Despite having lost their last two games and sitting 20th in the National League South table, it was the Saints who looked the like the top team in this fixture.
They took the lead in the 20th minute with a blistering strike from Solomon Nwabuokei. Banton linked well with Iaciofano and teed up Nwabuokei 20 yards out, who curled the ball past Clarke and into the bottom corner.
Nwabuokei’s strike was no doubt a tough one to beat – yet Saints striker Joe Iaciofano one-upped it just 14 minutes later.
He picked the ball up on the half-way line, powered forward and beat two home defenders before rifling past Clarke.
The rest of the first half had the Saints very much on the back foot, defending the two-goal lead with everything they had. They still led 0-2 at half time despite plenty of Bath pressure.
And while there was more pressure yet to soak up in the second half, it was the Saints who made the most of their chances yet again, scoring a third goal in the 70th minute to all but seal the three points.
There was a brilliant spell of passing on the edge of the home box before Rohdell Gordon slid the ball through to attacking midfielder Zane Banton, who capped the move off by beating Clarke at his near post.
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