Oxford City 2 St Albans City 3


Club1st Half2nd HalfFinal score
Oxford City112
St Albans City123


5th August 20173:00 pmNational League South2017/2018



The Saints got the 2017/2018 season underway with an impressive win at Oxford City’s Marsh Lane ground.

The home side took the lead after a long ball on their new 3G surface was missed by Tom Bender and Patterson lobbed the Snedker to take the lead.

Despite their lead, Oxford failed to push on further and the Saints started to put the pressure on and started to create chances. The pressure was rewarded in the stroke of half-time when Lucien equalised brilliantly after excellent play from Sambou on the stroke of half-time. Sambou then went on the score his own superb goal twenty seconds into the second half.

The result was confirmed in the final ten minutes as Sam Merson struck a powerful effort which found the top corner.

The hosts did score a consolation in the 94th minute, but the visitors were deserving of a much larger scoreline.

Attendance: 283

Referee: Alex Blake (Waterlooville)

Saints Outshine Oxford On Opening Day

St Albans kick-started the new season with a 3-2 victory away to Oxford City at Marsh Lane.

Oxford started life on their brand new 3G surface looking positive as they tried to spread the ball towards the flanks and cause early problems for the Saints.

Zane Banton, however, had the first real sight of goal during the opening quarter of an hour when he picked up the ball in midfield and skipped past a number of defenders before hitting an effort which sailed past Craig Hill in the Oxford goal.

The opening goal of the game came from a harmless looking long ball which had been hit forward by Joe Oastler. Tom Bender attempted to intercept the pass but the ball skipped under the boot of the defender and into the path of debutant Matt Paterson who calmly lobbed Dean Snedker to give the hosts the lead.
Shaun Lucien almost levelled the game with a free-kick in the 35th minute, but his set piece was deflected inches wide by a well-organised Oxford wall.

Former Saint Godfrey Poku was next to go close. A ball was played in from the right and the defender curled the ball past Snedker’s right hand post when he should have done better.

St Albans, for much of the first half, had plenty of the ball but struggled to click in the final third as Oxford did well to hold their defensive line and restrict the visitors to play largely outside the box.

As the game ticked over in the 45th minute, the visitors finally found the break through. Energetic midfielder Solomon Sambou won the ball in midfield and ran towards the area before playing it into the path of Shaun Lucien, who with the outside of his boot, slotted it past Hill and into the far corner to send the two sides into half-time level.

It took the Saints just twenty seconds to take the lead following the restart. Monlouis picked the ball up and played it into Sambou, and the midfielder who had set up Lucien’s opener turned goal scorer as he curled a superb right footed effort into the top corner.

St Albans dominated possession with midfielder David Noble in-particular at the heart of much of St Albans’ play. The visitors got forward well but failed to extend their lead as a number of dangerous looking balls into the goal mouth were cleared by the hosts.
Sam Merson was introduced in the place of Charlie Walker in the sixty-eighth minute, while Murrell-Williamson and Kiangebeni replaced Banton and Noble with less than quarter of an hour left on the clock.

These substitutions added freshness and extra pace to the side, which finally told in the 84th minute. Solomon Sambou won the ball on the left midfield and played it into Sam Merson who had found space in the box. The substitute took a touch and hit a powerful strike which beat Hill and secured the three points for Ian Allinson’s side.

The home side pushed forward looking for a consolation and scored their second of the afternoon in the final minute of additional time. Substitute Craig Fasanmade hit a low cross from the edge of the box which caused panic in the St Albans box before it was finally turned over the line by midfielder David Pearce.

Despite the late consolation goal, St Albans were well worth the three points and should have won by more than the one goal margin.

The Saints will be looking to make it six points from two games when they host Wealdstone at Clarence Park on Tuesday evening. Kick-off is 7:45pm.

Oxford City Goals: Paterson 24, Pearce 94.
St Albans City Goals: Lucien 45, Sambou 46, Merson 84.

Oxford City (4-3-3): Hill; Poku (Henderson 87); Grant; Jones; Oastler; Guri; Hirst; Fleet; Paterson; McEachran (Fassanmade 87); Forde (Pearce 57). Subs Not Used: Ngathe; Tutton.

St Albans City (4-2-3-1): Snedker; Herd; Eadie; Noble (Kiangebeni 79); Joseph; Bender; Lucien; Sambou; Walker (Merson 68); Monlouis; Banton (Murrell-Williamson 76). Subs Not Used: Thomas; Gardiner.

Attendance: 283
Referee: Alex Blake (Waterlooville)


Game Timeline

Matt Paterson
Ezra Forde
Harold Joseph
Solomon Sambou
Shaun Lucien
Solomon Sambou
Kieran Monlouis
David Pearce
Sam Merson
18. Rhys Murrell-Williamson
Percy Kiangebeni
Solomon Sambou
Sam Merson
Lee Henderson
Craig Fassanmade
Freddie Grant
David Pearce
Joe Oastler

Oxford City

# PlayerPosition
1Craig HillGoalkeeper
2Godfrey Poku 12Midfielder, Captain
3Freddie GrantDefender
4Eddie JonesMidfielder
5Guri DemuriaDefender
6Joe OastlerDefender
7Horatio HirstForward
8Reece FleetMidfielder
9Matt PatersonForward
10Zac McEachran 17Midfielder
11Ezra Forde 14Forward
12Lee Henderson 2Defender
14David Pearce 11Forward
15Jordi NgatheMidfielder
16Jack TuttonMidfielder
17Craig Fassanmade 10Midfielder

St Albans City

# PlayerPosition
1Dean SnedkerGoalkeeper
2Ben HerdDefender
3Layne EadieDefender
4David Noble 16Midfielder
5Harold JosephDefender
6Tom BenderDefender
7Shaun LucienMidfielder
8Solomon SambouMidfielder
9Charlie Walker 12Forward
10Kieran MonlouisMidfielder
11Zane Banton 14Forward
12Sam Merson 9Forward
14Rhys Murrell-Williamson 11Forward
15Scott ThomasMidfielder
16Percy Kiangebeni 4Defender
17Tom GardinerDefender


  • Manager: Ian Allinson
  • Manager: Lee Allinson
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Rhys Tom
  • Physio: Ryan Jefferies

Match Stats


Marsh Lane

Marsh Lane, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX3 0PF, UK