St Albans City held off a strong challenge from Slough Town as they secured a 3-2 National League South victory at Clarence Park on Saturday.

The Saints were behind with just 10 minutes on the clock when Matthew Stevens broke the deadlock.

They levelled on the stroke of half-time thanks to Clovis Kamdjo’s strike and he added a second on the hour to give the Saints the lead for the first time.

David Moyo gave Ian Allinson’s side breathing space seven minutes from time before Town’s Chris Flood hit back late on to make for a nervy close for the home side.

City made an inauspicious start to the afternoon as Jack Turner’s long kick forward sent Stevens away on the right and he cut inside.

His shot took a wicked deflection and beat Dean Snedker in the Saints goal to leave City facing an early deficit.

City reacted well to the setback and, after seeing a handful of chances go begging, were level with just a minute remaining in the first period.

Again a deflection proved pivotal as Kamdjo was played in and saw a shot balloon off a Town defender and into the net.

Ben Wyatt was the provider for the City leveller and he again set up Kamdjo for their second with 60 minutes played - playing in a cross which Kamdjo couldn’t miss from as he tapped in from six yards.

The home side were now playing with greater confidence and gave themselves welcome breathing space when a well-worked free-kick routine found Moyo on the edge of the box.

His shot was by no means the best but had just enough power to sneak in at the far post as Town keeper Turner flung himself to his right.

City should really have seen the rest of the game out comfortably from that point but Slough rallied and pulled within one goal with three minutes to play.

The goal was not the prettiest as Flood controlled in the box and bundled past Snedker under pressure from a City defender.

The Saints managed to hold on for the remainder of the game but were fortunate to see a late corner headed over despite a Town man being unmarked some six yards from goal.

City climbed back into the National League South play-off zone by virtue of the win and are now seventh in the table after 13 games this term.

The Saints are now preparing to take on Welling United at home tonight.

That midweek clash is followed by an away day at Dulwich Hamlet on Saturday in a game City will be hopeful of taking three points from.

Hamlet have won just five of their league outings so far this season, but have taken 10 points from their last five matches.

They impressed against title hopefuls Billericay Town on Saturday as they held their hosts to a 1-1 draw to ensure their opponents dropped off top spot.