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After Saturday's anaemic fayre at Crawley, Grosvenor Vale was the place to be tonight as Wealdstone entertained St Albans City in a National League South fixture. The 90 minutes of football was well worth the £13 admission price as an end-to-end game resulted in a 2-2 draw which was just about right on the balance of play and chances created.
Several ex-Wanderers were on show including Tom Cadmore, Matty Whichelow and Elliott Benyon for Wealdstone and Junior Morias for the Saints. It was Morias who opened the scoring for St Albans after Wealdstone keeper North had failed to hold a simple loose ball. Within minutes a left-foot drive by Elliott Benyon had levelled for the hosts and an eagerly fought match was deadlocked 1-1 at half-time.
Immediately after the restart the visitors again re-took the lead through Louie Theophanous after the Wealdstone defence failed to clear the ball. The visitors could have extended their lead but failed to take several chances. The inevitable happened though as Ricky Wellard drew the teams level with a powerful run and left-foot shot across the keeper. With several substitutions on both sides the energy went out of the game a bit and both sides had to settle for a point apiece.
This was high quality entertainment and a great advert for Non-League football. My man-of-the-match was Wealdstone right-back Eddie Oshodi - very polished and composed performance. Otherwise it may well have gone to Saints midfielder Shaun Lucien who looked a real threat going forward. A treat for the crowd of 824 and Monday Night Football at its best - sorry Sky - you missed this one.