St Albans City may won their first National League South game of the season against Concord Rangers but the biggest cheer of the day at Clarence Park came at the sight of Zane Banton making his long-awaited return from a broken leg.
The fan favourite suffered the injury at Chippenham in March but has been focused in his battle to regain full fitness, training hard throughout the summer and following stringent medical advice to get him ready.
He did admit, however, that he sometimes wondered if the 70th minute on bank holiday Monday was even possible.
He said: “There were times after the injury when I thought I wouldn’t be able to play at this level again.
“It was a serious injury and I was listening to what the surgeons were telling me and all those ifs and maybes.
“I’m buzzing and I knew I was ready. It was good to finally get out and do it.”