Match Reports 2010/2011
St Albans City 1
St Albans City
Steven Ramsey (Sole, 48)
Liam Sewell (Tiryaki, 58)
Bobby Scott (Williams, 58)
St Albans City
Sean Shields (Addai, 85)
Tony Battersby (Petrucci, 64)
Nick Chrysanthou (Magwood, 77)
The Hawks continued to drift into the summer break with a lacklustre 1-1 draw at relegated St Albans City.
Playing their last game on the road this season, a mix and match Hawks side fell behind in the 35th minute when Mark Peters’ free kick was headed past Nathan Ashmore by Saints’ Player of the Season Adam Everitt.
Manny Williams resurrected the Hawks’ chances eight minutes after coming on in the second half when he lashed home an impressive volley from the edge of the box, but despite a marginally improved performance in the last half hour, the Hawks didn’t have the bite to beat the league’s bottom side.
Shaun Gale gave Liam Sewell and Bobby Scott both opportunities to impress as they led the front line in a Hawks side that left regular strikers Williams and Mustafa Tiryaki on the bench.
With the Hawks locked in mid-table and City already relegated, the match held little to enthuse either side, and under another hot sun neither seemed eager to make serious headway.
Ian Selley’s early corner lingered in the box for Steve Ramsey to hit a soft shot to keeper Aidan Kelly, but much of the first half effort came from the hosts as they attacked up the incline of the pitch.
Inih Effiong’s cross was cleared by James Tyrrell for a corner that Mark Peters headed wide at the back of the box, and Ollie Kelly was left free to connect with another cross from Effiong, but he smashed his effort way over the bar.
On a hard bobbly pitch the ball refused to run true, but when the chance arose for a free kick, Selley sent it straight into the wall.
Effiong put the ball through for Kelly to try and flick it past Ashmore unsuccessfully, but it was the simplest of moves that gave City the lead in the 35th minute.
Peters’ free kick was routine enough, but EVERITT was left free at the back for a header that left the Hawks to rue their lack of concentration.
Selley’s free kick from the half way line bounced through the box to Kelly in goal, and Scott missed the chance to level the score before the break when his attempt to cushion a flick on from Sewell into the net from six yards put the ball over the bar.
St Albans City 1
Havant and Waterlooville 0
Sensing a need for effort, Gale sent on Guiseppe Sole just three minutes into the second half in place of Ramsey, and he quickly curled a free kick over the wall that dipped enough to need Kelly to get behind it.
Leon Cashman’s effort was tipped onto the post as the Hawks started to look a little more interested, but the hosts came within inches of a second goal when Peter Smith’s excellent 30 yard drive sent Ashmore full length to push it away.
Two minutes from the hour, ineffective strikers Sewell and Scott were replaced in a double substitution by Williams and Tiryaki.
Eight minutes after that the Hawks drew level when Selley’s corner was punched clear by Kelly and WILLIAMS swung at the ball for an excellent chest high volley that cannoned into the roof of the net.
Selley’s free kick was put back through the box by Ian Simpemba, but Tyrrell’s attempt to divert the ball past Kelly lacked the power to test the keeper.
The Hawks lost another chance to take the lead when Jake Newton created a cross from nothing and Fogden jumped to try and force the ball home with the outside of his boot, but missed it entirely.
Ollie Kelly’s free kick was tipped over the bar by Ashmore, and substitute Dom Petrucci should have scored when he was set up by Effiong, but his header from close range somehow went over the bar.
Effiong then made one last effort and went all the way by himself, beating Ashmore with a run in from the left that ended with Tyrrell clearing on the line.