This weekend saw the visit of fellow promotion chasing St Albans, who currently lay a high flying second in the league table just behind the league leaders. After a long list of absentees in recent weeks, Luton Vagrants were fortunate enough to welcome back James Cartledge and Dan McKinnon into the heart of their midfield core. This meant that a spirited squad of players were available again to fight for the cause.
This collective team performance came as a shock to the high flying visiting team as both teams were very closely matched in the first half. With Grant Maxted performing exceptionally well at centre back, St Albans found it increasingly to difficult to penetrate through the home side’s resilient defence. Chances for both sides were rather limited in the opening half until a promising through ball was latched onto by Dave Neale, who remarkably arrowed a vicious shot into the bottom left hand corner leaving the goalkeeper motionless.
In the second half, Luton Vagrants knew they had to continue their great work ethic throughout the remainder of the game if they wanted to increase their advantage. As the second half continued, the home side began to steadily grow in confidence while the St Albans midfield structure on the other hand seemed to be falling apart.
Mounting pressure from a resilient Luton Vagrants side contributed to the second goal of the game as a series of missed opportunities finally led to another goal for the home side. After a crucial interception by the robust Dan McKinnon in midfield, the ball was finally fed across the area for Pav Sagoo to force the ball in from close range.
The final goal of the game came through a fast break from defence by Danny Connor who managed to exchange passes with Dave Neale before it came back to Fazeel Talib to cooly finish from 8 yards out, which marked a fine performance.
Full-Time: Luton Vagrants 3 – 0 St Albans
Goal Scorers: Dave Neale, Pav Sagoo, Fazeel Talib