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St Albans City 0 Hungerford Town 0


Club1st Half2nd HalfFinal score
St Albans City000
Hungerford Town000


21st October 20173:00 pmNational League South2017/2018



Attendance: 539

Referee: Tom Reeves (Ansty, Coventry)

Saints forced to settle for a point after stalemate with Hungerford Town.

Three points would have seen the Saints climb atop the National League South on Saturday but it wasn’t to be for Ian Allinson’s side. A blustery afternoon turned into a frustrating one for City who dominated both possession and chances but couldn’t find that all elusive goal.

Both teams began understandably tentative in very windy conditions but it wasn’t long before Saints upped the tempo. Rhys Murrell-Williamson made a nuisance of himself down the right, his cross eventually finding Zane Banton whose shot rolled the wrong side of the post.

Banton came again though, this time trying to round Hungerford’s keeper Lewis Ward whose outstretched boot prevented an inevitable tap in.

Hungerford posed little threat to Dean Snedker’s goal in the first half, their attack finding it difficult to break down City’s well-organised defence, often opting for a long ball.

The Saints piled the pressure on as the first half drew to a close and were almost rewarded for their perseverance when Sam Merson rattled the bar after latching onto Banton’s rebounding shot, but the Saints were left with nothing to show for their pressure.

The half time break introduced debutant Nathaniel Pinney to the fray whose powerful frame and physicality seemed to grant City an alternative avenue in their attack. He caused problems with his hold up play and was denied a debut goal after his 25-yard strike was turned wide by Ward, who was beginning to look unbeatable at this point.

City were almost punished for their wastefulness in front of goal as Hungerford came close to breaking the deadlock. Paul Stonehouse’s cross was half cleared by Tom Bender but fell kindly to Jordan Simpson on the edge of the box, thumping a low shot against the upright.

Usual business resumed soon after with the Saints comfortably in control of proceedings. A goal seemed inevitable as the pressing continued late into the game but Hungerford came away unscathed.

Pinney came close to sealing all three points late into added time, but couldn’t get a touch on Shaun Lucien’s low, driven cross which flashed just wide of the far post.

Written by Harry Blackburn


Game Timeline

Zane Banton
Jordan Simpson
Nathaniel Pinney
Luke Hopper
Richard Whittingham
Harold Joseph
Charlie Walker

St Albans City

# PlayerPosition
1Dean SnedkerGoalkeeper
2Ben HerdDefender
3Layne EadieDefender
4David NobleMidfielder, Captain
5Tom Gardiner 17Defender
6Tom BenderDefender
7Shaun LucienMidfielder
8Solomon SambouMidfielder
9Sam Merson 12Forward
10Zane Banton 15Forward
11Rhys Murrell-WilliamsonForward
12Charlie Walker 9Forward
14Kingsley EshunForward
15Nathaniel Pinney 10Forward
16Percy KiangebeniMidfielder
17Harold Joseph 5Defender


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

Hungerford Town

# PlayerPosition
1Lewis WardGoalkeeper
2Rhys TylerDefender
3Diak JohnDefender
4Paul StonehouseDefender
5Gareth ThomasDefender
6James RusbyDefender
7James ClarkMidfielder
8Jordan SimpsonMidfielder
9Stefan BrownForward
10Nicholas Bignall 16Forward
11Louie Soares 12Midfielder
12Luke Hopper 11Forward
14Matt PartridgeDefender
15Marcus BeauchampGoalkeeper
16Richard Whittingham 10Midfielder
17Ian HerringMidfielder


  • Manager: Jon Boardman

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