St Albans City came from behind in the second half to beat Braintree Town 2-1 at home, thanks to goals from Zane Banton and Mitchell Weiss, in a result that sees them move up to fourth in the Vanarama National League South.
The visitors found themselves ahead on the stroke of half time through Romario Dunne but a second half fightback has allowed the Saints to maintain their unbeaten start to the season, winning four and drawing one.
The Saints had the first opportunity of the game after a quiet opening 15 minutes when Solomon Nwabuokei attempted a chip after being put through on goal, but the defender did well to get back and clear the effort.
Five minutes before half time, Braintree almost found themselves ahead in the strangest of ways after Tom Bender’s clearance inadvertently hit his own crossbar.
However, the opening goal did eventually come in the 44th minute after Romario Dunne headed an effort beyond Michael Johnson and into the net against the run of play.
St Albans’ search for an equaliser intensified after the hour mark, with Kyran Wiltshire’s attempt from range went narrowly wide.
Zane Banton was the man who provided the equaliser though after 67 minutes after his calm and collected finish went beyond the Braintree goalkeeper.
Six minutes later, the Saints turned the game on its head and Wiltshire was the provider this time after great work allowed him to set up Weiss to score in the box.
The Saints almost killed the game in the last few minutes after Romeo Akinola’s free kick was deflected just over the bar, but it mattered little as they held on for all three points.
The victory sees Ian Allinson’s men move up to fourth in the National League South table and the Saints are back in action next Tuesday evening for a trip to Dartford Town.
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