Allinson calls for large and vocal backing to propel St Albans City to play-offs

Ian Allinson wants to see a big crowd celebrate with the players after victory over Hampton & Richmo

Ian Allinson wants to see a big crowd celebrate with the players after victory over Hampton & Richmond Borough on Saturday. Picture: Leigh Page - Credit: Archant

St Albans City manager Ian Allinson has urged fans to pack Clarence Park on Saturday as they face what could be a season-defining fixture.

Tuesday night’s 4-1 victory over Gloucester City lifted the Saints to fifth in the Vanarama National League South, still inside the play-off places.

But with two games left, and Saturday’s final home game pitting them against Hampton & Richmond Borough, the side directly above them in the table, the City gaffer knows the importance of having a large and vocal backing.

He said: “I must say that the 30 or 40 supporters [who went to Gloucester City] were outstanding. They got behind the players, they made loads of noise and I think they sung through the whole of the second half so thank you to them.

“But I want the people of St Albans to turn out in force on Saturday.

“It’s a massive, massive game in terms of where our season is going to go and we need as many people to get there as possible

“The players have been outstanding this season and we need the people of St Albans to turn out and help us get over the line.

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“They can make themselves the 12th man.

“It would be fantastic if we could get a similar crowd to the one we had against Carlisle, although that will be difficult to reach those levels”

“However, we’ve had a really good base of around 800 this season who have been outstanding for us and it would be great to get an extra three of four hundred this week, get them behind the goal, and just cheer these boys on because they deserve it as they’ve had a great season and we just need to get over the line now.”

Following Saturday’s clash, the Saints travel to Bath City a week later for the final day of the season and Allinson wants fans to make the trip in numbers.

He said: “We want as many as possible there on the final day, obviously we don’t know where we will be in table until after Tuesday because other sides have more games to play and we have made life difficult for ourselves.

“But by that point we will know what we need to do and will travel there focused on the job in hand.”

Kick-off against Hampton & Richmond Borough at Clarence Park is 3pm on Saturday and gates open at 1pm.