Shamik Das


Saturday, December 01, 2007

Classy Clarke batters Bromley

Lee Clarke    Andy Walker

Clarence Park, Conference South:
St Albans City 1-0 Bromley


SAINTS skipper Lee Clarke rifled in a last minute penalty to gift them their first home win of the campaign and up a place to within two points of safety.

It was the striker's fifth goal this season and third against Bromley, the 24-year-old bagging a brace against the South Londoners in October's
4-3 win.

St Albans had taken only two points from a possible 24 at Clarence Park before yesterday's success, winning only one home game since January.

The visitors started the brighter, Danny Hockton and Sam Wood hitting the post in the first-half, with Gareth Williams twice denied by good defence.

St Albans also struck the woodwork, Richard Butler grazing the bar with a spectacular overhead kick from Clarke's knockdown late on.

Finally, as full-time neared, Mark Corneille and Butler chased a long ball into the Bromley area, Corneille clumsily bundling the striker to the ground.

Clarke then sent Andy Walker the wrong way from the spot to seal it for the Saints.

Star Man: Clarke (St Albans); Entertainment: ***

Read my full report, featuring the reactions of both managers,
in The Non-League Paper - out tomorrow.

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