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Saints host Maidstone

The Saints take on play-off chasing Maidstone United at Clarence Park on Saturday (kick off 3pm).

This weekend’s clash comes off the back of City’s hectic 3-3 draw away at Eastbourne Borough last Saturday.  Four of the six goals scored on the day came inside the final fifteen minutes, and saw the Saints come from behind twice to secure a point, including a dramatic 92nd minute equaliser from James Kaloczi.

That result means City have only lost two of their last nine, however five of those fixtures have ended with the points being shared. While the boys in yellow and blue did move outside of the bottom two last weekend, they are only a point ahead of Welling United in twenty-first.

This game is Maidstone’s first trip to Clarence Park since April 2016, and the Kent based club go into it on the back of a 1-1 draw with fellow Hertfordshire club Hemel Hempstead Town at the Gallagher Stadium on Tuesday night. Hemel took the lead, but the Stones rallied and equalised through former Wolves defender George Elokobi, who was in the right place to nod home his first for the club from Noah Chesmain’s corner.

Maidstone’s recent form has been up and down as they look for an immediate return to the Vanarama National League following relegation from the top of the non-league pyramid last season. Hakan Heyrettin’s side have won two of their last five league outings, although one of those two victories came a fortnight ago away at title chasing Havant & Waterlooville.

It’s a string of results that leaves the Stones in eighth position in the table, four points off Dartford in the final play-off place. They do, however, have games in hand on a number of the sides around them and will want to keep up the pressure with a victory today.

That push won’t have been aided by the departure of forward Matt McClure during the week, who left the club for Gloucester City following the end of his contract. The twenty-eight-year-old had netted ten times for the Stones, including a hat-trick in the reverse leg of Saturday’a meeting back in late September.

Ian Allinson will have new signings Antonis Vasiliou and Rohdell Gordon avaiallbe for selection, alongside Jamie Fielding, who has had his loan from Stevenage extended until the end of the campaign. There are also no new major injury concerns for the City chief.

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

Advance tickets are still available to purchase – https://stalbanscityfc.ktckts.com/event/sta1920h14/st-albans-city-v-maidstone-united

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