Saints 1 Oxford City 0

St Albans City made it seven league games unbeaten with a late victory against Oxford City at Clarence Park on Saturday.

Oxford should have taken the lead with just seven minutes on the clock when Kabongo Tshimanga latched onto a long ball over the top of the home defence and raced towards the home area, but having rounded Snedker the forward could only find the side-netting from the angle.

The visitors continued to apply the pressure and Bawling was next to create an opening when he cut in from the left and saw his low strike comfortably gathered by the home stopper.

St Albans had the woodwork to thank for the score still being level just a few minutes later as Fasanmade’s cross from the right caused problems and saw Diedhiou head back towards his own goal, but luck was on his side and the ball bounced off the base of the post before Snedker could claim.

David Moyo provided goalkeeper Craig King his first test of the afternoon when he struck an ambitious free-kick from thirty yards towards the target, but the former Luton stopper was equal to the set-piece.

Oxford City continued to apply the pressure and struck the woodwork against five minutes after the half-time interval when Reece Fleet won the ball in midfield and powered towards the edge of the box before hitting a rifled effort that cannoned off of the far post.

Snedker, who continued to be the busier of the two stoppers, was called into action against just past the hour mark when he got down low to deny Fasanmade after the winger had dinked his way into the box.

Ian Allinson made a double substitution in the 69th minute bringing on Khale Da Costa and Jordan Sanderson for Solomon Sambou and Tom Bender, and it was Da Costa who ended up playing a crucial role in the winning goal.

With just four minutes left on the clock a Sam Merson long throw was only cleared as far Da Costa and the wide-man turned inside before whipping a cross towards the back post towards David Moyo, who leapt highest and planted an inch perfect header past the stranded King.

The Saints saw out the final few minutes in relative comfort and now look forward to a long trip to Cornwall on Tuesday night as they take on Truro City. Kick-off at Treyew Road is 7:45pm.

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