Ian Allinson had nothing but praise for his patched-up St Albans City side after they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Boreham Wood in the final of the Herts Senior Cup, the Herts Advertiser report.
The likes of David Noble, Ben Herd and Scott Shulton all missed out with knocks while David Moyo was left out as he battles to regain fitness in time for Saturday’s crucial National League South game with Torquay.
It meant youngsters Tom Geller and Nick Ralfe were included on the bench, the latter coming on for his Saints’ debut late on, and a few familiar names in the shape of Jacob Gardiner-Smith and Josh McLeod-Urquhart drafted back in.
But despite the hastily put together squad, they matched their full-time National League hosts, only going down to Ralston Gabriel’s 70th-minute winner.
Allinson said: “I thought they were outstanding. I’m really pleased with the boys.
“If you look at the likes of Luke Joyce-Dwarika and Liam Sole, they’ve hardly played any football in the last few weeks.
“David Diedhiou is back after losing a month with his hand injury and then there is Josh McLeod-Urquhart who did a great job coming back in.
“They did the job really well and were really disciplined in what they had to do.
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