Saints take on Clarets

With the end of the season quickly approaching the Saints will be hoping that they can pick up an important three points on Saturday when Chelmsford City are the visitors to Clarence Park.

Ian Allinson’s side picked up a point on the road against Slough Town last time out inF another exciting encounter in what has been a season of dramatic results involving the Saints. Goals from David Moyo and Tom Bender saw the Saints come twice from behind in Berkshire, although it could have been even better for City had it not been for Jack Turner’s save from Sam Merson’s penalty in the second forty-five.

After the game the City boss was in a reflective mood

“We’ve missed a penalty, we’ve missed two or three really good opportunities and they got on top and thankfully we survived came away with a 2-2 draw in the end”

This weekend’s opponents have enjoyed a successful season and are currently sat in fourth position, comfortably inside the play-offs and only a point behind third placed side Welling United who they face on Easter Friday.

Despite their lofty position in the division the Clarets, like the Saints, have only won two of their last five league outings and with both sides in similar form Saturday’s meeting could be a close one. Victories against Truro City (3-0) and Oxford City (2-1) were followed up on Tuesday night by a 3-1 defeat away at table topping Torquay United, who themselves moved seven points clear of second place.

Rhys Murphy may not have scored for Chelmsford on Tuesday night but the experienced forward leads the goalscoring charts for the visitors having netted on twenty-six occasions so far this campaign in all competitions. The former Dagenham & Redbridge and Oldham man joined the Melbourne Stadium outfit in the summer of 2018 and has been one of the key men in their push for a finish inside the top seven.

The Saints have had the upper hand in this fixture in recent seasons winning the last three meetings between the two sides, with the last clash here at Clarence Park in January 2018 ending in a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Kieran Monlouis and Layne Eadie.

However, our latest victory over the Clarets was at the end of September and it was an unforgettable afternoon for the travelling Saints supporters as they saw Ian Allinon’s men battle back from 2-0 down at half-time to win 4-2, with all four goals being scored by Ralston Gabriel.

The Saints go into this game with no fresh injury concerns and captain David Noble may be available to return to the team for the first time since December, although both Ben Herd and Solomon Sambou who missed out last week may struggle to feature.

You can purchase tickets through our online portal –  https://stalbanscityfc.ktckts.com/event/sta1819h04/st-albans-city-v-chelmsford

Kick-off is 3pm and gates open at 1:30pm.

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