Saints get ready for crunch time as Allinson hopes call-offs are done for the year

PUBLISHED: 13:11 07 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:13 07 March 2018

Charlie Walker secured all three points for St Albans City the last time they played Truro. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Charlie Walker secured all three points for St Albans City the last time they played Truro. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

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Ian Allinson wants “no more disruptions” as St Albans City prepare for the final crucial weeks of the Vanarama National League South season.

St Albans City's manager Ian Allinson is looking forward to better weather as the season reaches its climax. Picture: BOB WALKLEY St Albans City's manager Ian Allinson is looking forward to better weather as the season reaches its climax. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

City’s game at Bognor Regis Town on Saturday, like the majority of fixtures in non-league, was snowed off.

That came on the back of last Tuesday’s trip to Weston-super-Mare being cancelled due to a frozen pitch and the visit to Hungerford Town postponed at the beginning of February because of waterlogging.

It leaves City sixth in the table but having played one or two games less than the majority of their promotion rivals.

And with 12 games still to fit into the last seven weeks the Saints manager knows every game and every bit of rest from here on in is vital.

Sam Merson got City's first goal of the game at Treyew Road in December. Picture: LEIGH PAGE Sam Merson got City's first goal of the game at Treyew Road in December. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

He said: “It’s been very frustrating. We couldn’t train last Thursday or Saturday because we couldn’t get an indoor facility.

“But we did train last Tuesday afternoon following the postponement at Weston and we had a good session this Tuesday.

“You hope the break will have given them a bit of an opportunity to rest.

“We have no injuries whatsoever and a week off just to rest will have been good ahead of what will be a hard period and test for the squad.

Charlie Walker celebrates his goal against Truro City in December. Picture: LEIGH PAGE Charlie Walker celebrates his goal against Truro City in December. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

“Hopefully the pitches will improve and there shouldn’t be much more bad weather so we can hopefully take some good form through the last seven weeks.

“We could really do without any more disruptions because we want to get into the play-offs first and foremost and then get as high up the table as possible.

“But we need to be more consistent than we have been.”

The fixture backlog means two games in three days for St Albans. Truro City are at Clarence Park this Saturday but the Saints travel to Berkshire for the rearranged match with Hungerford.

Sam Merson celebrates with the travelling Saints fans after scoring the first goal against Truro City in December. Picture: LEIGH PAGE Sam Merson celebrates with the travelling Saints fans after scoring the first goal against Truro City in December. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

And both will provide different tests.

Allinson said: “Both teams are fighting for different things. Hungerford are scrapping at the bottom while a win for Truro would bring them to within a point.

“But if were to beat them we would be seven points clear and that is a good lead to have at this stage of the season.”

Two games in three days will test the small City squad but Allinson says he is unlikely to sign any new players before the transfer window closes on March 22.

Harold Joseph will be going back out on loan after returning from Hendon. Picture: LEIGH PAGE Harold Joseph will be going back out on loan after returning from Hendon. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

“We will monitor things but I would say no,” said the City boss.

“But I am quite comfortable with what we’ve got and I don’t want to mix it up going into the last few weeks and upset people.”

However, Allinson did reveal that central defender Harold Joseph, who has just returned from a month’s loan with Hendon, will be going back out for another four weeks.

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