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24.09.2011 at 15:00 War Memorial Ground

Attendance : 320


2 - 1

St Albans City

Referee : Thomas Harty (Wolverhampton) Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division

Ryan Rowe (62)
Ryan Rowe (68)
Rob Haworth (10)
Opening squads
Lewis Solly
Jaes Dyson
Aaron Griffiths
Paul McCone
Drew Canavan
Nathan Bennett
Sam Smith
Leon Broadhurst
Ryan Rowe
Sam Rock
Josh Craddock
Nick Jupp
Barrie Matthews
Ryan Watts
Nathnael Ralph
Ryan Moran
Tobi Jinadu
David Ijaha
Ben Seymour-Shove
Jerome Walker
Rob Haworth
Rob Magwood
Linden Dovey
Paul Lloyd
Aaron Drake
John Griffin
Craig Slater
Matt Cutchey
Sean Shields
Marvin Alebiosu
Paul Furlong
James Bent
Aaron Drake -> Jaes Dyson (58)
Linden Dovey -> Drew Canavan (58)
Paul Lloyd -> Aaron Griffiths (75)
Sean Shields -> Jerome Walker (61)
Paul Furlong -> Rob Haworth (66)
Marvin Alebiosu -> Rob Magwood (74)
Yellow cards
None Nathnael Ralph (63)
Paul Furlong (72)
Rob Magwood (73)
Red cards
None None.
Match report

St Albans City’s poor away Southern League form continued on Saturday when high flying Stourbridge overturned a half time deficit to clinch a 2-1 Premier Division victory at the War Memorial Ground.

Without setting the world alight City deservedly led at the interval through an early Rob Haworth goal but with a disappointing showing after the break the Saints fell away most alarmingly.

While Stourbridge celebrated their fourth home win of the season City were left to reflect on a fourth away league defeat in five outings.

St Albans manager David Howell made two changes from the side that won at Berkhamsted in midweek.

A wrist injury ruled out midfielder Nathan Haisley while Season Shields, who created all three goals at Berkhamsted, was restricted to a place on the bench.

Rob Magwood was recalled to the left of the midfield while Jerome Walker was taken out of the attack and placed on the right of the midfield.

Diminutive Peterborough United striker Ben Seymour-Shove, 17, joined Haworth up front but despite no lack of effort was unable to seriously trouble the home defence.

Stourbridge, beaten just once so far this season, went close to going ahead on 35 seconds when Drew Canavan’s free kick, some 30 yards from goal and ten yards in from the touchline curled a hairsbreadth away from City keeper Nick Jupp’s right hand post.

City responded positively with Ryan Watts sending a long range free kick not far away from the target and then from a Watts corner Ryan Moran headed the ball onto Tobi Jinadu whose header on goal was deflected out for a corner by Sam Smith.

The pressure was maintained on the home goal before St Albans went ahead on ten minutes when Haworth, 12 yards out, sent a powerful header over home keeper Lewis Solly following a Barrie Matthews’ corner from the City right.

Sadly, it was to be the Saints only on-target effort of the day and came just a week after the side failed to muster a singe on-target shot during the home cup tie with Berkhamsted.

But the outcome could have been so different had a marginal offside decision that went against Haworth, just as he put the ball into the net for a second time, gone the other way. The 35-year-old striker was certainly miffed when some Stourbridge players admitted to him that he was not offside.

Clear chances were at a premium during the remainder of the half although the visitors, on their first trip to Stourbridge, had a couple of half chances that fell to Tobi Jinadu but failed to trouble Solly.

Having appeared distinctly mediocre for 40 minutes the Glassboys finished the half strongly and almost punished the first error made by an impressive City backline.

Jupp got into a tangle when trying to clear from outside the penalty and his rushed kick went straight to Leon Broadhurst. The midfielder’s shot, although off target as Jupp beat a hasty retreat, was helped out for a corner by Jinadu.

City’s lead almost evaporated on the stroke of half time when a Stourbridge corner deflected off both Walker and Moran to Broadhurst whose point blank shot was superbly blocked by Jupp. The ball fell into the path of Ryan Rowe but this time it was Jinadu whose last ditch tackle rescued the Saints.

That late flurry aside City had contained the in-form West Midlands side most doggedly with Jinadu and Moran appearing unflappable and unbeatable.

But after the break it was a different story as City relied increasingly upon an ugly long ball game that simply handed possession back to the home side and allowed the stripes to push forward.

Even so, Stourbridge rarely looked like saving the game during the 15 minutes after the interval with a run and shot well wide by Aaron Griffiths summing up their growing frustration.

Stourbridge made a double substitution on 58 minutes but it was a change by City three minutes later that was possibly more influential on the outcome of the game.

Howell withdrew Walker and sent Sean Shields to patrol the right hand side of the pitch.

Before Shields could get accustomed to the unusual spectre of playing at a three-sided stadium, the Glassboys had stormed forward from his side of the pitch to draw level.

Walker may not have boosted City’s attacking options but he was effective in helping to keep the Saints as a solid unit but once he went off Sam Rock was able to make a series of penetrating runs of deep.

On 62 minutes Rock embarked on one such run before laying the ball out to Broadhurst whose low cross into the goalmouth was fumbled past Jinadu by the sprawling Jupp to Rowe, despite having his shirt pulled by City defender Watts, stabbed the ball into the net from close range.

Six minutes later and Stourbridge forged ahead with another counter-attacking goal.

Rock again charged at City from deep but this time his ball into the box was intercepted by Moran. Unfortunately his intended clearance went straight to Aaron Drake who rolled the ball into the path of Rowe.

As Moran moved forward to atone for his misdirected pass Rowe simply side-stepped the advancing City defender and planted a shot low to the left of a static Jupp for his seventh goal of the season.

Stourbridge, having successfully come from behind to take the lead for
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