The Saints return to Vanarama National League South action at Clarence Park on Saturday as they look to pick up an important three points against Chelmsford City.
Ian Allinson’s men took a break from league action last Saturday with a trip to Welling United in the Buildbase FA Trophy.
The Saints started the game looking much improved and took a deserved lead in the 20th minute when Zane Banton calmly finished from Sam Merson’s ball, and that lead could have been doubled before half-time when Merson’s flick on crashed off of the bar. City were made to rue their missed chances, however, as Welling rallied and scored two goals in two minutes just past the hour mark to turn the game on its head, before securing their passage through to the next round with a third late on.
This weekend’s visitors to Clarence Park have experienced a mixed start to the new campaign themselves, and are currently sat in twelfth position with twenty-one points from their opening eighteen games. Chelmsford have not picked up a win in the league in four games, including a heavy 6-2 defeat against Oxford City a fortnight ago.
The Clarets did, however, make it through to the next round of the FA Trophy last weekend with a 2-1 win against division rivals Hungerford Town at Melbourne Park. Two goals inside the opening half an hour from Knowles and Winfield proved to be enough.
Boss Rod Stringer has been busy making changes to the squad as he looks to turn their form around, bringing in two new faces prior to their victory against Hungerford. Young defender Aaron Drewe has joined on loan from QPR, while Cambridge United attacking midfielder Ben Worman has also arrived on loan at Melbourne Park.
The Saints have won the last four games between the two sides, and are actually undefeated in the fixture since August 2015. The last meeting was in April of this year and despite the Clarets taking the lead through Whelpdale, a David Moyo double and a spectacular Khale Da Costa lob secured the points on the day.
Ian Allinson should have an almost full squad to choose from this afternoon, although former Chelmsford man Taylor Miles is still continuing to recover from his rib injury. Recent arrival Munashe Sundire could be in-line for his first start at Clarence Park for the club, while Sam Merson may continue up-top following his impressive first half display against Welling United.
Kick-off is 3pm.
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A minute silence will be held ahead of kick-off in memory of former City players Phil Wood and Barry Butterfield, who both sadly passed away recently.