Saints 2 East Thurrock Utd 1

St Albans City kept their play-off hopes alive with a dramatic victory against East Thurrock United.

The hosts almost took the lead inside three minutes when Da Costa’s cross from the right deflected off of a defender and flew inches over.

However, East Thurrock controlled much of the opening half and their best opening came when Osborn turned Knight on the edge box before powering into the box and rifling a low effort that Snedker did well to turn over the bar.

Snedker was called upon again to keep the scores level in the 56th minute when he acrobatically tipped Scott’s header over the bar.

East Thurrock kept plugging away and deservedly took the lead when Amos Nasha picked the ball up on the edge of the home box and arrowed an effort into the bottom corner of the net.

That goal seemed to wake the hosts up and with five minutes left on the clock they levelled through Kamdjo, who nodded Clark’s delivery from the left past a stranded Giddens.

Both sides were reduced to ten men in stoppage time when Bender was sent off for a late tackle before Sori Diallo received a second yellow in a separate incident.

An eventful period of added time culminated in a 98th minute winner for the Saints and it was Kamdjo who struck again, turning the ball home after Sole’s initial effort was blocked in the goal mouth. The strike sparked wild celebrations amongst the Saints supporters, players and staff and perfectly sets up Monday’s trip to Concord Rangers (3pm kick-off).

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