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Saints host Hawks at Clarence Park

The Saints will be looking to make it two wins the bounce this coming Saturday as we welcome promotion chasing Havant & Waterlooville to Clarence Park.

City recorded their first league victory since the start of September last Saturday against Welling United at Park View Road. A much-improved performance saw Ian Allinson’s men secure all three points when Albert Adu marched into the area, cut the ball onto his left, and curled it into the far corner of the net. It’s a result that has helped push the Saints off the bottom of the table and out of the relegation places.

Saturday’s opponents have enjoyed a good start back to life at this level following their relegation from the Vanarama National League. The Hawks are currently sat in fifth place in the table having picked up 26 points from their opening 14 games, a tally that leaves the side from the South Coast ten points off Wealdstone in top spot.

Havant’s recent run of form has been somewhat of a mixed bag and over their last five league outings they have won two, lost two and drawn one. However, following a defeat against Hemel Hempstead Town three weeks ago the Hawks returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Concord Rangers on home soil.

Paul Doswell took over at Westleigh Park during the summer following the departure of long-term manager Lee Bradbury. The former Sutton United boss initiated an overhaul of the squad that suffered relegation from the National League, bringing in the likes of Danny Kedwell, Roarie Deacon and Anthony Straker amongst a number of other experienced names.

Doswell has continued to be active in the transfer market and made two further additions in recent weeks. Midfielder Jake Flannigan has joined the club, while Craig Robson returned to Westleigh Park earlier this month following his release by division rivals Billeircay Town.

Ian Allinson has a number of injury concerns going into this meeting, with Sam Merson and Taylor Miles both ruled out through injury. Joe Iaciofano and Joe Howe are continuing their return to fitness after picking up knocks, but are unlikely to feature.

Kick-off at Clarence Park is 3pm and gates will be open from 1:30pm.

Advance tickets can be purchased until an hour before kick off here – https://stalbanscityfc.ktckts.com/event/sta1920h09/st-albans-city-v-havant-waterlooville

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