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14.08.2007 at 19:45 Gander Green Lane

Attendance : 443

Sutton United

0 - 0

St Albans City

Referee : Adrian Gillett (Aylesbury) Blue Square South

Goalscorers
None None.
Opening squads
Phil Wilson
Asher Hudson
Alan Bray
John Scarborough
Darius Charles
Nicky Greene
Ross Montague
Paul Honey
Warren McBean
Craig Watkins
Craig Tanner
Nick Eyre
Hassan Sulaiman
Marcel McKie
Gary Elphick
Mark Beard
Matt Hann
Paul Bruce
Ranbir Marwa
Hector Mackie
Jerome Anderson
Hasim Deen
Substitutes
Ryan Palmer
Gareth Williams
Jason Henry (84)
Tony Martin
Liam Pestle
Jamie Waite
Michael Harvey
Lee Clarke
Gary Burrell
Reiss Noel
Substitutions
Tony Martin -> Craig Watkins(82)
Jason Henry -> Ross Montague(84)
Reiss Noel -> Gary Elphick (38)
Lee Clarke -> Hector Mackie (60)
Michael Harvey -> Jerome Anderson (78)
Yellow cards
Alan Bray (21) Paul Bruce (27)
Marcel McKie (56)
Mark Beard (82)
Lee Clarke (86)
Red cards
None None.
Match report
St Albans City collected their first Blue Square South point of the season at a blustery and drenched Gander Green Lane on Tuesday night but remain just one of three sides still searching for their first goal of the season.
City hopes of opening their account in front of goal suffered a setback when traffic problems delayed Lee Clarke’s arrival at Sutton forcing manager Ritchie Hanlon to leave on the bench St Albans top scorer for the past four seasons. Hanlon also left out Leo Roget and Garry Burrell from the side beaten by Dorchester at the weekend with teenage striker Jerome Anderson, on loan from Stevenage Borough, given his debut and Ram Marwa recalled to the midfield.
Goal chances were at a premium at either end with home keeper Phil Wilson not called upon to make a single worthwhile save while City custodian Nick Eyre did well to block both Warren McBean and Ross Montague during a penalty area scramble, but saved his best moments for the closing seconds of each half when going full stretch to grab a Craig Tanner header and then smartly tip over a well struck 30 yard free kick from the United man of the match.
Sutton, tipped for relegation by the league sponsors Blue Square, bossed the opening 70 minutes without really appearing capable of finding the back of the net for the first time this season while City, with the wind at their backs, only stretched their hosts during the final 20 minutes. Clarke went close with a fine header from a Paul Bruce cross and caused Wilson some concern with a well struck volley after a Marcel Mckie cross was only partially cleared.
City picked up a couple of injuries with Gary Elphick hobbling off with a leg injury late in the first half while Mckie too was troubled with a leg problems during the latter stages. St Albans also picked up four yellow cards with their two most senior players, Bruce and Beard, both cautioned for dissent.

Report courtesy of The St Albans & Harpenden Review.
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