ST ALBANS FIRE EIGHT PAST ARLESEY
Sat 10th July
St Albans City
THE last game played by Arlesey at home was v Eynsbury rovers on 3rd November 2020 thats 247 long days ago But THIS was the day that Football came home.
Our 1st game of The this preseason was a hugely tough task against St Albans from the National League South and they showed us the respect of sending their 1st team to play us, The Arlesey management not looking for an easy ride this year.
Arlesey starter the strongest with strength and bite, Ryan Lamond showing he wasn’t to be messed about with from his 1st tackle. Arlesey really should have taken the lead in the 3rd min as Jalen Miller broke through and outpaced the defence, his shot on target produced a great save from the keeper for a corner that was cleared. Arlesey were competing all over the park and a good win by Manny Richardson fed Lincoln Gilmartin, his long range shot being well taken by the keeper.
St Albans gradually grew into the game and new keeper Ryan Hilliard made some good stops from corners. Arlesey were holding their own until 28mins when a deeper ball went over Hilliard and the ball was headed in at the far post by Adeyibi.
St Albans now went up through the gears as a break produced a good save from Hilliard before another break saw a square ball find Jeffers who slotted in on 34mins
A cross in was well volleyed home by Weiss on 40mins and as the humidity saw Arlesey start to flag Hilliard was beaten to a ball and the forward clipped the ball over him for 0-4 on 43mins
The 2nd half saw both teams change all of their players with many new faces and younger players coming on for Arlesey. The half started in the worst possible fashion for Arlesey as an avoidable back pass was missed totally with an air kick by the new keeper and the ball trickled in for 0-5.
On 49 mins a cross in was well saved but the keeper was unable to hold it and it dropped at the feet of the forward who slotted home for 0-6.
This really put the game far out of site but the young Arlesey players started to sort themselves out and apply some pressure.a free kick saw Carvalaho volley over the bar before good pressure saw a corner won and Herculano Carvalaho volley home from close range for 1-6 on 58 mins.
St Albans again upped the pace at this and a cross in found Weiss who headed home on 64 mins for 1-7 and hit the bar just 2mins later. A corner saw a good save from the Arlesey keeper but another break by Weiss saw him round the keeper and slot home for his hat trick on 76mins for 1-8.
Arlesey tried to compete in the centre and some good work produced some pressure but St Albans ran the time out to be worthy winners.
It has been a long time coming and we certainly saw plenty of goals ( maybe at the wrong end) but against oppression from that high up that wasn’t surprising. A good workout for both sides and some good early promise from Arlesey, much learned I’m sure by both managers.
Next in this hectic week we have neighbors Hitchin visiting on Thursday 15th.
REPORT BY C. STERRY