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St Albans City Preview

11 January 2018

Match Previews

St Albans City Preview

11 January 2018

Harrogate Town travel to National League South side St Albans City on Saturday looking to equal a club record by reaching the FA Trophy Third Round.

Ian Allinson's side currently sit eighth in their division, one point outside the play-off places, after a 10th place finish last season.

The Saints can boast the fourth best home record in the National League South, and improved on that record last weekend with a home victory over Chelmsford.

Saturday's hosts have lost just one of their last eight matches in all competitions and are unbeaten in four matches at Clarence Park.

Simon Weaver's side have already gone further in the competition than they did last season after victories at Darlington and Wrexham, while St Albans beat Whitehawk and Poole to reach this stage.

Like Wrexham in the last round, Town will be coming up against an opponent for the first time and will be able to call upon the services of Simon Ainge after the striker completed his recent suspension.

Ainge's goals this season have helped Town on their way to being top scorers in all three National League divisions this season, though defensively Town remain without Warren Burrell who serves the last match of his three match ban.

During their last seven away matches, Town have alternated between wins and losses, and if that sequence continues on Saturday Harrogate's name will be in the hat for the Third Round, much to delight of Manager Weaver.

He said: “We want to do well in the cup, there are no mind games involved, we want to win it!

“We will give it everything and that is numbers one to 18 and the backroom staff, we all have to be on it.

“We all have to be better than we were on Tuesday night to win any game, and if you win enough in any competition you have a chance of doing well come the end of the season.”

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