Ian Allinson facing up to ‘some tough decisions’ as he gets ready to finalise St Albans City squad

PUBLISHED: 16:13 17 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:22 17 July 2018

Glen Alzapiedi deep in thought as Ian Allinson looks on. Picture: Leigh Page

Glen Alzapiedi deep in thought as Ian Allinson looks on. Picture: Leigh Page

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Ian Allinson is steeling himself for some tough decisions in the next week or so as he looks to finalise his St Albans City squad.

Zane Banton in action for St Albans City against Biggleswade Town. Picture: Leigh PageZane Banton in action for St Albans City against Biggleswade Town. Picture: Leigh Page

Saints played their fifth pre-season game in just 10 days on Monday with a 2-1 win away to Lee Allinson’s Biggleswade Town.

Sam Merson in action for St Albans City against Biggleswade Town. Picture: Leigh PageSam Merson in action for St Albans City against Biggleswade Town. Picture: Leigh Page

Those games have featured a number of trialists fighting for a deal with the Vanarama National League South club.

Sam Merson in action for St Albans City against Biggleswade Town. Picture: Leigh PageSam Merson in action for St Albans City against Biggleswade Town. Picture: Leigh Page

They now have a relative break with their next fixture not until Saturday when they entertain Luton Town at Clarence Park.

Biggleswade Town's Sam Donkin claims a cross above Tarik Moore-Azille of St Albans City. Picture: Leigh PageBiggleswade Town's Sam Donkin claims a cross above Tarik Moore-Azille of St Albans City. Picture: Leigh Page

It is time Allinson is going to use to mull things over.

Zane Banton in action for St Albans City against Biggleswade Town. Picture: Leigh PageZane Banton in action for St Albans City against Biggleswade Town. Picture: Leigh Page

He said: “We had one or two missing [against Biggleswade] in terms of Reece Beckles-Richards and Roman Michel-Percil so we’ve just got to make sure we get those bodies back and then I’ve got to make some tough decisions over the next seven to 10 days.

Sam Merson in action for St Albans City against Biggleswade Town. Picture: Leigh PageSam Merson in action for St Albans City against Biggleswade Town. Picture: Leigh Page

“It’s only fair that if some of these boys aren’t going to make it that we give them the opportunity to find another club.”

Percy Kiangebeni in action for St Albans City against Biggleswade Town. Picture: Leigh PagePercy Kiangebeni in action for St Albans City against Biggleswade Town. Picture: Leigh Page

The five-day break will also give the team a chance to get on the training paddock, something the City boss has been missing.

Percy Kiangebeni in action for St Albans City as Biggleswade Town's Jonny McNamara looks on. Picture: Leigh PagePercy Kiangebeni in action for St Albans City as Biggleswade Town's Jonny McNamara looks on. Picture: Leigh Page

“That’s probably where we are a little bit behind,” he said. “We haven’t had enough training sessions.

“The first game of pre-season against London Colney was switched to a Thursday because we had the Northampton game installed.

“So we lost that and we played Monday and then we go Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday next week with the Monday after as well.

“We’ve probably got two friendlies too many this year.

“They’re great to look at players and great for match fitness but there’s also a little bit of training you need to do as that is different and there is also stuff we need to work on because we’ve not been good enough at certain times during games.”

One thing they have looked at during pre-season is different tactics and formations, with one in particular that caught the eye being the employment of a back three.

He said: “When the trialist was on in the first half, until he did his hamstring, we looked really solid.

“Harold [Joseph] did a great job playing on the left of a three which is not his position.

“We’ve played three at the back on a couple of occasions and also looked at four so there are lots of positives.”

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