Ban­ton’s spot-kick fires down Blue­birds


The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH - By Ja­cob El­la­cott

ST AL­BANS CITY left it late as they scored twice in added time to pick up an im­por­tant win.

It was the vis­it­ing Blue­birds who started the brighter and struck the wood­work 48 sec­onds in when Jake Jack­son’s glanc­ing header hit the bar.

Saints stop­per Dean Sned­ker con­tin­ued to be the busier of the two goal­keep­ers, deny­ing Khaid Mo­hamed be­fore mak­ing a full stretch save to keep out a ven­omous Jack­son drive.

St Al­bans al­most took the lead late in the first half, but Sam Mer­son’s header from a cor­ner was cleared off the line.

Rhys Mur­rell-Williamson was next to go close for City, but his pow­er­ful strike was well saved by Jared Thomp­son.

With the game en­ter­ing added time, a reck­less chal­lenge by Matt Smith on Kieran Mon­louis gave the hosts a chance to win it from the spot.

Sub Zane Ban­ton stepped up and calmly slot­ted the penalty into the bot­tom right cor­ner.

The hosts made sure less than 90 sec­onds later when sub An­to­nio Ger­man re­ceived the ball on the half­way line and spread it to Mur­rell-Williamson, who cut into the box and struck a rasp­ing drive past Thomp­son.

STAR MAN: Tarik Moore-Azille (St Al­bans City) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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