Ten-man Rebels downed by Saints

Slough Town

Slough Town

Matshazi (62)
St Albans City

St Albans City

Adebiyi (55), Weiss (68), Jeffers (90+4)
League Attendance: 553
Ten-man Slough fall to defeat as St Albans took all three points at Arbour Park, writes David Tancred.

The big talking point of the game was the controversial red card on 24 minutes when Guy Hollis was sent off for a strong but fair tackle on Shaun Jeffers. This was a huge turning point after Slough started the game off well, with a succession of corners and half-chances for the home side.

The best chance for Slough before the red card was through Ben Harris after some superb work from Johnny Goddard set up the striker in the six-yard area with his header being tipped away by Dylan Berry in the St Albans goal.

After the red card, the rest of the first half saw limited chances for either side, with both teams trying to get a foothold in the game.

On 45 minutes Slough had another great chance after Scott Davies fed Johnny Goddard, but the former St Albans man’s curling effort was saved, meaning the first half ended level.

In the second half, St Albans came out more attacking with Slough maintaining their shape and holding firm at the back.

St Albans eventually broke through the Slough defence on 55 minutes after a corner found its way to an unmarked Callum Adebiyi, who volleyed the ball in and put the Saints ahead.

After the goal, Slough pushed for an equaliser and on 62 minutes Arnold Matshazi got the Rebels level after some brilliant work from substitute Matt Lench, who skipped past a St Albans player and drilled a ball into Matshazi, who made no mistake from the six-yard area, rifling the ball into the roof of the net.

Unfortunately, Slough were not level for long as St Albans scored on 68 minutes through Mitchell Weiss. Joy Mukena found himself in space to put a low ball into the box with Weiss getting on the end of it to give St Albans the lead again.

Once again, the Rebels never gave up hope and pushed for another equaliser.

On 76 minutes Matshazi almost got Slough level after some good work from Goddard down the left set up the striker with a header in the six-yard area going agonisingly wide of the post.

Then, George Hunt was denied by a super save from Berry, who flung himself to his right to tip the ball over the bar when it looked destined for the top corner.

On 78, Slough had yet another golden chance with Lench’s corner finding Joe Dandy in the box with the defender’s headed effort being cleared off the line.

St Albans wrapped up the three points four minutes into added time after a quick counterattack by the visitors ended with Joe Neal finding Shaun Jeffers in space to find the top corner from close range.

That’s now five defeats in six for the luckless Rebels, with their next game coming on Tuesday night away at Welling United.

St Albans City Lineup

Dylan Berry, Kyran Wiltshire, Callum Adebiyi, Shaun Jeffers, Zane Banton, Huw Dawson (Chez Issac 78), Mitchell Weiss (Chris Paul 88), Munashe Sundire (Joe Neal 69), Joy Mukena, Tafari Moore, Riccardo Di Troloi. Unused substitutes: Luca Cardines, Ben Smith.


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