Saints v Comrades

Not long to kick-off here at Clarence Park.

St Albans City: 1. Nick Jupp 2. Jack Pattison 3. Nathan Ralph 4. David Ijaha 5. Matt Cutchey 6. Ryan Moran 7. Sean Shields 8. Barrie Matthews 9. Rob Haworth 10. Sakho Bakare 11. Ryan Watts
Subs: 12. Danny Hart 14. Joakim Ehui 15. Nathan Haisley 16. Marcus Alebiosu 17. James Bent 18. Ross Dedman 19. Will Viner

Comrades: 1. Eddie Farmer 2. Jamie Gavin 3. Jordan Toomey 4. Lewis Rodrigoe 5. Si Carmichael 6. Mark Welling 7. Matty Wardle 8. Russ Clark 9. Aaron Usmani 10. Josh Chamberlain 11. Tony Burnett
Subs: 12. Ashley Harewood-Williams 14. Micky O’Farrell 15. Joe Gallagher 16. Ed Gerrard 17. Freddie Hester 18. Adam Mead

1457 (by my phone!): We’re away.
1459: Confident start by the Comrades. Mark Welling puts in an early pop from range.
1511: A ball across goal puts Berko on the back foot, but it drifts out for a goal kick.
1516: Nice move by Berko, Chamberlain setting Usmani away, and the ball ends with Toomey, whose cross is put behind for a corner. St Albans clear.
1518: An unlucky block sets Saints Bakare up, but he shoots wide.
1525: Comrades under pressure after two corners, and a half-hearted penalty claim.
1529: Half a chance as Jordan Toomey delivers a dangerous low cross, light rain falling now at Clarence Park.

Mick and Stratty take in the action in the first half

1534: A nice break from Tony Burnett, but he is isolated too far from goal and the danger is cleared.
1537: Berko have a free-kick in a nice position, and Josh Chamberlain curls in a great effort which is scrambled past the post by Nick Jupp.

Half-time: 0-0

1557: Second half starts. Berko are playing down the slope and look good in the opening exchanges.
1611: Berko squander possession to encourage Saints, but they fail to capitalise.
1616: St Albans threaten but the Comrades hold firm around the penalty area.
1618: Mick makes his first change as Joe Gallagher replaces Josh Chamberlain.
1620: Berko break after a Saints free-kick is cleared, and Burnett gets in a shot as it’s two-on-two.


1628: A great chance for Jamie Gavin as the ball falls free at the edge of the box, but his first time effort is just over. It’s getting nervy here, in the stand at least!
1635: A great tackle in defence, but Saints nick the ball back and the resulting cross sails way over the six-yard box.
1636: Berko under pressure again, but Eddie Farmer collects confidently.
1638: The Comrades grab another opportunity but Matty Wardle effort goes over, and Berko break again, but Matty’s cross is overhit.
1642: A late tackle from Saints sub James Bent on Jamie Gavin earns him a yellow card.
1644: Late pressure from St Albans, but Berko defend manfully.
1646: A free-kick on Comrades left flank is a late platform but Berko hold on for a deserved draw.

Full-time: 0-0

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