27th January 2024

The Glovers made it 9 games unbeaten after a draw in Hertfordshire. Jordan Young struck in the first half but missed opportunities came back to haunt the Glovers as George Weiss levelled the scoring early in the second half.

In the opening stages, the Glovers showed the quality they had going forward. Charlie Cooper sparked an attack which saw the ball fall to the feet of Frank Nouble who whipped in a low cross which was just beyond the outstretched boot of Matt Worthington. On 17 minutes, Sam Pearson managed to bring down Frank Nouble’s through ball brilliantly but he will feel he should have done better when his shot was palmed away by Johnson in the St Albans goal.

A couple minutes later Sam Pearson was chance creator as he latched onto a through ball and squared to Jordan Young who bundled the ball into the net to give the Glovers a one-goal lead on 19 minutes. Shortly after the goal, Shaun Jeffers had a big chance after receiving the ball in the centre of the area but his shot was blocked by a well placed Michael Smith who was back on the goal line.

Chances fell for both teams throughout the rest of the half with Jordan Young having the better of them for the Glovers. After breaking into the box on the right, Young slammed his effort against the post before it ricocheted away from danger in what was the best chance for the Glovers to double their lead before the break.

The second half saw St Albans put the game back into balance almost immediately as a deep cross found George Weiss at the back post who was able to put his downwards header beyond Joe Day and into the net. The goal gave the hosts a strong hold to push off for the rest of the game.

Despite the high pressure exerted from St Albans, the Glovers still had their chances. The best chance of the second half, like the first, fell to Jordan Young who broke through the backline with a bursting run but was not able to get the shot away as he ran out of space.

Second half changes for the Glovers saw Dylan Morgan, Jay Foulston and Will Dawes replace Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, Jordan Young and Michael Smith. There were concerns from the touchline as Michael Smith limped off following treatment from the medical team.

The change of Michael Smith caused some disruption to the Glovers’ backline as Sam Pearson stepped in as a makeshift right back before Will Dawes entered the field. Despite the enforced change at the back, the Glovers managed to hold on through some heroics from Joe Day who managed to gather the ball on the line following a corner.

As the additional minutes ticked by, the Glovers secured another point on the road and, with a number of results going their way, saw their lead at the top only cut down to 10 points.