St Albans City look to have put their early season wobble behind them after recording a second victory in a week - this one at home to Dartford.

A repeat of last year's play-off semi-final, neither side have begun this National League South campaign well and both came into it in the bottom half of the table.

The Darts arrived at Clarence Park with manager Alan Dowson saying he wouldn't select some of his players ever again after their recent form.

For Saints though, two wins in their first seven fixtures has now been forgotten as Mitchell Weiss earned them a 1-0 success, backing up a 2-0 victory in the week against Dover Athletic.

"It's nice winning football matches," said manager David Noble. "It's a lot better feeling than losing them and seven points in nine, three clean sheets, is a good feeling.

"We've had a lot of the ball in games and that's great. I want to have the ball because the opposition can't score when you've got it.

"But you've got to have a purpose to your possession and we did [against Dartford].

"We had two or three really great opportunities to put the game to bed and it wasn't to be.

"But we defended really well against a difficult team to play against out of posession.

"They load your backline and hit balls at them and we were very resolute.

"That has essentially earned the three points.

Attention now switches away from the league and to their entry into this season's FA Cup, one which starts as it did last year with a trip to Suffolk and lower league opposition, this time at Leiston.

And Noble is determined that he doesn't want a repeat of the exit to AFC Sudbury at this stage 12 months ago.

He said: "It's the best competition in world football. It's famous the world over and I was part of our squad that got to the second round.

"I know how good a time that was for the club and we will be looking to go as far as we can.

"I've been part of giantkillings and I've been on the other side of it, losing to lower league teams.

"It's a special competition that throws up shocks year after year.

"We will be doing our best to make sure that doesn't happen [in Suffolk]."