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Hampton & Richmond Borough
St Albans City
Full time
Z Banton (62')
Sat 26 Jan 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - Vanarama National League South Attendance 605

Toothless Beavers lose at home to Saint Albans


Zane Banton's goal mid-way into the second-half consigns the Beavers to defeat after a disappointing showing.

Gary McCann slammed Hampton’s performance as the Beavers suffered a disappointing home defeat to St Albans.

The visitors dominated the first half and had a series of opportunities as the Beavers struggled to get a foothold.

McCann said: “I’m disappointed, it was not a performance we want to be associated with. Their defence had an easy afternoon, too many defences have been able to say that this season.

"This is the first time I’ve honestly felt as if it’s back to the drawing board. Some of the players are performing below the level that is required in this league."

St Albans made a positive start to the game and created the first chance when Khale Da Costa skipped past Ollie Sprague and put in a cross. Moyo rose above Bray but headed into the ground and wide.

The visitors came close again when Tom Bender launched a long throw in to the box and following some pinball, Moyo flicked over.

Lovelock was then forced into action after good work from the right by Da Costa, saving his goal-bound effort at the near post.

Moyo rounded off the half by going close again with an overhead kick in a crowded penalty area going just over. The half ended with Hampton hanging in there but yet to create an opening of their own.

St Albans started the second half in the same vein and got the goal that their pressure warranted through Banton. Following neat inter-play in the build-up, Da Costa laid the ball off to Banton just inside the box and he smashed a low effort out of the reach of Lovelock.

It took until the 65th minute for the Beavers to register their first shot on target when Dean Snedker saved well down low to deny Matty Whichelow’s freekick.

The visitors nearly doubled their lead following a spell of corners that ended in Da Costa picking up the ball outside of the box before hitting a looping shot that had Lovelock scrambling.

Hampton tried to mount a charge and look positive in the final minutes but they were unable to seriously trouble Snedker.

Featured photograph/Ben Harrison-Hyde/

Key moments

Goal Zane Banton scores for St Albans City


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90:00 Sub On
Liam Sole is substituted on for St Albans City
90:00 Sub Off
Khale Da Costa is substituted off for St Albans City
82:00 Sub On
Casey Maclaren is substituted on for Hampton & Richmond Borough
82:00 Sub Off
Oliver Sprague is substituted off for Hampton & Richmond Borough
79:00 Yellow Card
Oliver Sprague is yellow carded for Hampton & Richmond Borough
73:00 Sub On
Ryan Hill is substituted on for Hampton & Richmond Borough
73:00 Sub Off
Nana Kyei is substituted off for Hampton & Richmond Borough
62:00 Goal 0 - 1
Zane Banton scores for St Albans City
45:00 Sub On
Craig Dundas is substituted on for Hampton & Richmond Borough
45:00 Sub Off
Zak Joseph is substituted off for Hampton & Richmond Borough
End of period 1
37:00 Yellow Card
Simon Downer is yellow carded for Hampton & Richmond Borough
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Hampton & Richmond Borough
  • St Albans City
  • 0
  • Simon Downer Yellow Card 37:00'
  • Craig Dundas Sub On 45:00'
  • Zak Joseph Sub Off 45:00'
  • Zane Banton Goal 62:00'
  • Ryan Hill Sub On 73:00'
  • Nana Kyei Sub Off 73:00'
  • Oliver Sprague Yellow Card 79:00'
  • Casey Maclaren Sub On 82:00'
  • Oliver Sprague Sub Off 82:00'
  • Liam Sole Sub On 90:00'
  • Khale Da Costa Sub Off 90:00'

Team selection

St Albans City
  • 1. Dean Snedker
  • 2. Josh McLeod-Urquhart
  • 3. Tom Bender
  • 4. Dave Diedhiou
  • 5. Lewis Knight
  • 6. Michael Clark
  • 7. Ben Wyatt
  • 8. Solomon Sambou
  • 9. Khale Da Costa
  • 10. David Moyo
  • 11. Zane Banton
  • 12. Percy Kiangebeni
  • 14. Jordan Sanderson
  • 15. Liam Sole
  • 17. Alfie Bonfield

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
13. Chippenham Town 42 55
14. Dulwich Hamlet 42 49
15. Hampton & Richmond Borough 42 49
16. Hemel Hempstead Town 42 48
17. Gloucester City 42 47
18. Eastbourne Borough 42 42
19. Hungerford Town 42 42

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