ST ALBANS CITY
Clarence Park Stadium, St. Albans AL1 4PL
What an absolute gem.
Little else to say really. Plenty of seating, bar at the rear, food to the south, what a fantastic old stand though
Open terrace behind the goal. On days of segregation this belongs to the home fans.
A long terrace, covered in the middle with what looks like a communist concrete structure. Again, I love it.
Similar to the North, but this one would be for the away fans if they need to split them up
Easy peasy. Exit the St Albans City at the main entrance, turn left, up the road to the lights, turn left, cross the road and you will see a club sign at the entrance to Clarence Park, down the steps and the ground is straight ahead.
St Albans City station has excellent train links to St Pancras and Luton.
My Ground #: 223
Female Officials: 0
Penalties: 1 – scored
Red Cards: 0
St Albans City & Truro City
10/03/18 – St Albans City 0 Truro City 1
10 March 2018
St Albans City 0 Truro City 1
Vanarama National League South
Four was the standout pre-match number, it was what was splitting these two sides in the league in terms of both number of points and places. The hosts however, were occupying a play-off spot. Three straight defeats for the visitors from Cornwall meant that the hosts were favourites at the outset.
The Clarence Park Stadium pitch looked in very good condition and perfect for playing the beautiful game on. Getting underway slightly after 3pm there was an unsurprisingly cagey beginning from both sides. After 10 minutes Truro carved out a good chance, a free-kick played into the back post found an unmarked Lamont, the bounce took the ball away from him and his header hit the side netting. It was a big let off for the Saints. Chances were at a premium, the home winger Murrell-Williamson beat his marker but could only shoot straight at McHale in the Truro goal.
After 25 minutes we got the only goal of the game, the White Tigers had a break on the right, Copp waited for Cooke to make his run, played a perfect ball, the number 10 looked as though he was just about to pull the trigger when Kiangebeni bundled into the back of him. Penalty. Nailed on. Left-back Riley-Lowe took it. Left-back Riley-Lowe scored. 1-0 to Truro City.
The rest of the opening 45 minutes were fairly uneventful, the goal had not opened up the game and whilst St Albans were having a lot of the ball they were struggling to create anything. Truro’s defence looked comfortable.
Half-Time: St Albans City 0 Truro City 1
The second period was threatening to be like the first for 15 or so minutes, the odd chance was coming, all to the Saints, all wasted, but none really clear cut. Merson shot weakly straight at McHale with the best of them. This was too comfortable for the visitors. A fact that was realised on the home bench and we had a double substitution. On came German and Lucien, the latter was to make a big difference.
Saints left-back Bender was close to turning a ball in at the back post, McHale somehow getting his hands on the ball in a goalmouth scramble. Then the yellows started getting the ball to Lucien. He started to run at right-back Thompson. Thompson got a bit of a roasting. Lucien seemed to be able to go past Thompson at will, one flick in particular gave Thompson wobbly legs and left him for dead.
However, as St Albans solved one problem, creating, they found another, finishing. Despite more chances now coming they were still unable to find the net. Bender headed into the side netting when it looked easier to score, Walker headed over, last ditch defending deflected Lucien’s effort just wide.
McHale dropped a corner, this was starting to get a bit desperate for the White Tigers, their fans at the far end I think had long give up hope of seeing a second. Corner followed corner, but still there was no way through. Walker headed over again before he his cross went across the goal whilst everyone watched, all unable to get on the end of it. Then that was that, the referee calling time on St Albans City’s attempt to draw level.
Full-Time: St Albans City 0 Truro City 1
Post Match Stats:
100th scored penalty – Riley-Lowe (Truro City)
214th Clean Sheet
St Albans City:
Home: P 1 / W 0 / D 0 / L 1 / F 0 / A 1
Overall: P 1 / W 0 / D 0 / L 1 / F 0 / A 1
Overall: P 1 / W 1 / D 0 / L 0 / F 1 / A 0