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Saints 1 Chelmsford City 1

St Albans City came back from a goal down to draw 1-1 against Chelmsford City in the Vanarama National League South.

Munashe Sundrie finished from close-range after Chelmsford keeper Sam Howes spilled Joe Iaciofano’s attempt.

The visitors took the lead in the first-half after full-back Frazer Shaw’s cross found Shaun Jeffers who smartly finished from 12 yards to beat Dean Snedker.

The result means The Saints stay bottom on goal difference behind Hungerford Town and two points off safety.

City were under the cosh in the opening exchanges and the visitors had the first chance of the game when Sam Higgins chipped attempt fell just wide.

Chelmsford almost took the lead after the lively Chris Whelpdale hit the post from Elliot Omozusi’s smart cut-back.

The Saints finally came into the game in the 20th minute after forward Sam Merson glanced his header wide from close-range.

The Clarets continued to apply pressure on Snedker’s goal, striker Tom Knowles saw his angled drive well saved and Whelpdale couldn’t keep his shot down.

Ian Allinson’s men finally succumbed to the pressure shortly before half-time, Shaw’s well executed cut-back found Jeffers who calmly slotted home.

The Saints began the second-half brightly and had the first chance through Merson, who’s shot went narrowly over the bar.

A succession of corners for The Saints saw defender David Longe-King narrowly head wide as we looked to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat.

The home side’s pressure was finally rewarded in the 69th minute, Iaciofano close-range shot wasn’t held by Howes and Sundrie pounced to stab home from six yards.

St Albans looked for a winner in the later stages but couldn’t find the finishing touch in the attacking third.

Next up for the Saints is Hampton & Richmond who sit 9th in the league at Clarence Park next Saturday.

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