The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH - By Rhod Mitchell

ST AL­BANS CITY moved back into the play-off places as they sent Truro City to their first de­feat at Treyew Road since Au­gust.

The vis­i­tors were wor­thy win­ners against an out-of-sorts home side, who suf­fered what was only their third de­feat in their last 18 out­ings, to drop a place to fourth in the ta­ble.

Sec­ond half goals from Sam Mer­son and sub­sti­tute Char­lie Walker, both as a re­sult of individual home er­rors, were enough to clinch the three points, with Tyler Har­vey’s stop­page time penalty re­ally com­ing too late to af­fect the fi­nal out­come.

Saints boss Ian Allinson told The NLP: “I am re­ally pleased. We could have been four or five up at one stage with some of the chances we missed.

“We needed the points after a bit of a poor run in the league and it has been a good day.”

It was the vis­i­tors who be­gan the bet­ter with Tom Ben­der, Rhys Mur­rell-Wil­liamson and Zane Ban­ton all com­ing close.

But the clos­est ei­ther side came to a goal was right on half-time, when Har­vey’s free-kick hit the in­side of the post be­fore bounc­ing clear.

Buoyed by the let-off, St Al­bans con­tin­ued to take the game to the White Tigers after the break with the ex­cel­lent Solomon Sam­bou hav­ing his shot de­flected just wide and Mer­son squan­der­ing two great open­ings.

It was Mer­son, son of Paul, who broke the dead­lock in the 67th minute when he was left un­marked on the right of the area and his low drive squirmed through the hands of the un­for­tu­nate goal­keeper Tom McHale.

If that goal was par­tially self-in­flicted, worse was to fol­low nine min­utes from time when home skip­per Ben Ger­ring’s at­tempted back­pass when straight to Walker who calmly made it 2-0.

Truro were given a glim­mer of hope when sub­sti­tute Chris Todd was fouled in the area by Tarik Moore-Azille.

Har­vey duly dis­patched the penalty for his sev­enth goal of the sea­son.

White Tigers boss Lee Hodges re­fused to get too down­hearted, say­ing: “There is no need to go over the top. It is not the end of the world and the most we de­served from to­day was a draw.

“You are go­ing to lose games and we have been on an un­be­liev­able run. They are a very good team, but we let our­selves down a bit to­day de­fen­sively.”

PIC­TURES: Frozen in Mo­tion Images

SAINTS ALIVE: Sam Mer­son cel­e­brates his opener with the trav­el­ling St Al­bans fans be­fore, in­set, Char­lie Walker en­joys scor­ing Saints’ sec­ond goal with Zane Ban­ton

HOP IT: Zane Ban­ton skips past Truro’s Billy Pal­frey

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