St Albans City came out on top in what was at times an uninspiring clash against Dulwich Hamlet at Clarence Park.
The Saints enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges and were denied an opener by the woodwork after Bender’s header from a Zane Banton corner crashed off the foot of the upright.
The opening and only goal of the game came in the eighteenth minute from the penalty spot after Luke Wanadio was adjudged to have upended Zane Banton in the box. Sam Merson stepped and sent Preston Edwards the wrong way.
Wanadio was presented with an opportunity to make amends just three minutes later when he latched onto a through ball, but he put his effort wide of Snedker’s post.
Snedker was the busier of the two goalkeepers and made an impressive save from Nathan Green’s vicarious effort, tipping the wide-man’s attempt onto the post with the slightest of fingertip touches.
The home stopper was called upon to keep Dulwich Hamlet out again when he got down low to his right to keep out former City man Dipo Akinyem, before Ben Wyatt made a last-ditch slide tackle to deny Clunis who looked poised to turn home the follow-up.
The second forty-five saw both sides struggle to control the game, with a number of loose balls and stray passes not capitalised upon.
Dulwich Hamlet substitute looked to inject life back into the game when he struck an effort from distance after a long spell of passing from the visitors, but his ambitious drive drifted wide of Snedker’s net.
As the away side pushed further for an equaliser the Saints looked to exploit the counter attack and Zane Banton was presented with an opportunity to kill the game off with five minutes left on the clock following Merson’s knock down, but the midfielder’s headed effort was saved by Edwards.
With the game entering added time the Saints looked like they might be made to rue that missed opportunity when Sheriff turned in the City box and looked to shoot, however his attempt was straight into the side netting.
The Saints are back in action at Clarence Park on Tuesday night when Weston-Super-Mare are the visitors, kick-off 7:45pm.
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