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Saints host Sports on Non-League Day

The Saints are back in action and back at Clarence Park this Saturday, as they welcome Eastbourne Borough to Hertfordshire on Non-League Day.

City go into this meeting on the back of being knocked out of the FA Cup by league rivals Weymouth. The game down in Dorset saw the hosts go into the break with a two goal lead, although one of those strikes was from the penalty spot following a contentious award by referee Wayne Cartmel.

Things didn’t get better after the break for the Saints and they found themselves three goals behind midway through the second forty-five. Zane Banton did reduce the deficit a few minutes later, but the home side made sure of the win with a fourth goal late on.

City’s recent form in the league hasn’t been much better, having conceded four in their last two outings, one of which was again against Weymouth. The other defeat, which came two weeks ago, saw City put to the sword by a clinical Maidstone United side at The Gallaher Stadium. Despite controlling much of the first half, two goals either side of the interval ensured that the Saints were sent home unhappy by the hosts.

This afternoon’s opponents haven’t had much joy themselves so far this campaign, with the Sports currently sat three places and one point above the Saints in sixteenth.

Manager Lee Bradvbury took over at Priory Lane during the summer following his departure from Havant & Waterlooville. The former Portsmouth player, however, has struggled to get his new club’s campaign going.

The Sports were knocked out of the FA Cup by Dulwich Hamlet last weekend at Champion Hill, and that was proceeded by a 4-0 defeat against Chelmsford City a week before in the National League South. The performance against the Clarets was described by Bradbury as one of the worst he had seen during his managerial career.

Saturday’s game will see the return of two former Saints to Clarence Park, both in the red of Eastbourne Borough. Charlie Walker, who made over 60 appearances for City, joined the Sports in 2018. Ian Gayle, meanwhile, is a more recent arrival at Priory Lane. The Twenty-six year old arrived from champions Woking during the summer, where he made sixteen appearances and scored one goal, against the Saints back in August 2018.

Ian Allinson goes into the game with some concerns over the fitness of Oli Sprague, who was forced off with a knock against Weymouth. Joe Iaciofano, however, should be fit despite limping off during the same game.

There will be lots going on at Clarence Park throughout the afternoon, including the launch of the Saints trading cards.

The club will also be holding collections around the ground raising money for Prostate Cancer UK and Youth Talk.

Kick-off is 3pm and gates will be open from 1:30pm, so make sure to get down to the ground early!

Advanve tickets are priced at £14 for adults, £11 for concessions, £6 for students and £4 for those under 16. All under 12’s get free entry when with a paying adult.

You can purchase advance tickets up until 2pm on match day.

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