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National League: Wealdstone 1 St Albans City 3

PUBLISHED: 21:23 23 December 2017 | UPDATED: 21:41 23 December 2017

St Albans City forward Zane Banton skips through the Wealdstone defence (pic Leigh Page)

St Albans City forward Zane Banton skips through the Wealdstone defence (pic Leigh Page)

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Wealdstone were outplayed by a fast-moving and effective St Albans side to lose their unbeaten home record under manager Bobby Wilkinson.

A bumper crowd of 911 saw Saints come flying out of the traps looking the most cohesive side and were soon into their stride.

And it came as no real surprise when the away side took the lead on 15 minutes when the dangerous Rhys Murrell-Williamson cut inside with acres of space to rifle past an exposed Jon North.

Stones new signing David Pratt looked lively enough but the link-up between midfield and attack lacked sufficient fluency to cause Saint too many problems.

The hosts did start to gain more possession, resulting in several corners, and Pratt’s excellent run created a great chance for Sam Cox who blazed over on 23 minutes

Two minutes later they drew level with an amazing effort from Abo Eisa, whose persistence on the goal line still looked a lost cause but the speedy winger somehow managed to hook the ball over the line from an almost impossible angle.

Sadly for Stones the second half quickly became something of a nightmare as with only a minute gone Murrell-Williamson had the freedom of The Vale to again shoot past North to restore the St Albans lead.

The goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of Stones, as St Albans quickly overran the midfield.

Stones tried long balls to their front men but poor passing, and, solid defending from Saints delivered little or no progress.

Zane Banton killed off any hopes of a Wealdstone revival with a good strike on 20 minutes after poor defending allowed the opportunity.

Stones only effort on goal of note was on 90 minutes when Dean Snedker saved well from sub Stephane Ngamvoulou’s deflected strike.

Wilkinson’s men now face a double header with Hampton & Richmond Borough, with a Boxing Day trip followed by a January 1 clash at The Vale.

Wealdstone: North ,Oshodi , Brown (Fitchett), Wilson, Day, Cox (Ngamvoulou), Sellers, Okimo, Pratt, Green, Eisa. Unused subs: Goodger, Olomowewe, Wellard.

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