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Fri Jul 5

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Virginia Water (H)
Fri Jul 5 19:45
The Vanarama National League South

Saints win by single goal

St Albans City

St Albans City

Simpson (29)
Slough Town

Slough Town

League Attendance: 436 Keith McPherson
Robbie Simpson's first half strike was enough to give the Saints a narrow win against Slough.

The Rebels decided to keep with the majority of the side that so disappointingly was knocked out of the Berks & Bucks Cup against Maidenhead. A large contingent of Rebels fans making the short journey to Clarence Park upped the crowd numbers, as the home supporters only just about outnumbered the away fans.

The match started slowly, with the Rebels passing the ball around well in midfield, but without really threatening up front. The first chance of the match came after ten or so minutes. Robbie Simpson played Gary Wraight in on goal, but he fired well wide.

Simpson had a chance shortly after for the Saints. He found himself with only Mautone to beat, the ball set up well for the striker, but somehow he volleyed the ball out for a throw in.

Simpson was to have the last laugh though. 29 minutes into the game Simpson ran at the Slough defence and chipped the ball over Mautone to give the Saints a lead.

Slough's trouble was that despite having a lot of the ball in and around the area, the final ball into the box was poor and the Rebels seemed frightened to have a shot on goal. Their first shot on goal came after 43 minutes when Allen's shot from the edge of the area was about a yard wide of Walker's goal.

The Rebels had the first chance after the break which fell to full-back Garry Cross.

Some good football by the Rebels eventually ended with St. Albans keeper Walker saving Cross' shot with he legs for a corner.

Chances were few and far between in this half. On 72 minutes St. Albans had a good chance to wrap the game up when former Rebel Neville Roach headed the ball down on the edge of the area for Steve Blaney, but he fired well over the bar.

The remainder of the match was played in the St. Albans half, but despite a lot of possession the Rebels created very little up front in this time. The only real effort came from Keith McPherson who saw his low header easily gathered by Walker.

St Albans City Lineup

Walker, Rooney, Campbell, Andrews, Goddard, Davis, Wraight, Blaney, Roach, Simpson, Knight Subs: Pratt, Birch, Hurst.


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