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Saints host Wings at Clarence Park

The Saints return to Vanarama National League South action tomorrow with the aim of picking up all three points against Welling United.

City go into this clash on the back of a 2-1 defeat against Hampton & Richmond Borough at the Jezzards Beveree Stadium a week ago. Zane Banton gave the visiting the Saints an early lead, but the hosts rallied and scored two goals inside ten minutes to ensure that we travelled back to Hertfordshire pointless. 

Saturday’s visitors to Clarence Park have experienced a number of changes on and off the pitch in recent weeks, the most notable of which was the arrival of Bradley Quinton as manager at the start of the year. The former Braintree Town took over from Chairman Bradley Goldberg and wasted no time in shaping the squad at Park View Road. 

Quinton oversaw the departures of the likes of Danny Waldren, Moses Emmanuel and Joe Anderson. However, the forty-one-year old has been bringing in plenty of new faces including loanees Diaz Wright and Cameron James from Colchester United and two former Saints in shape of Dipo Akinyemi and Harold Joseph, who are both likely to feature. 

Those changes to the squad have had their desired effect and the Wings have won two on the bounce against Hungerford Town (3-2) and away at Hemel Hempstead (2-0) a week ago, against whom Quinton’s side held on to secure an important three points despite playing with ten men for over fifty minutes following the sending off of Bradley Rolt. The forward, on loan from Peterborough United, will not be available for selection against City if his dismissal is upheld. 

Despite the large amount of changes at Park View Road, the Saints will be hoping that a repeat of the performance in the reverse fixture back in October will secure a similar result here at Clarence Park. 

On that occasion a battling City display proved to be enough for all three points, as Albert Adu scored the only goal of the game with a curled effort just before the half-time interval.

The two sides have met in the FA Trophy since, again at Park View Road, and it was the home side who secured their place in the next round. Despite the Saints taking the lead in the 20th minute, the Wings rallied and three unanswered second half strikes proved to be enough on the day. 

In terms of the City team news there is a question mark over the fitness of Tom Bender after the defender picked up a knock against Hampton & Richmond Borough. Ian Allinson will however have new signing Lewis Gordon available for selection alongside Munashe Sundire, who was not able to feature last week.

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

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