Chappell expects Frendo goal rush very soon

John Frendo slots home the Saints' second goal against Sutton. Picture: Leigh Page

John Frendo slots home the Saints' second goal against Sutton. Picture: Leigh Page - Credit: Archant

Lee Chappell doesn’t expect to have more goals than John Frendo for very long.

The left-back netted his first three goals of the season in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Maidenhead United to send him a goal clear of last year’s top scorer.

Frendo scored in the 3-2 win over Staines Town and his last goal came in the 4-2 loss to Bromley, in which he also missed a penalty, on August 30.

“He’s been getting annoyed because he’s not scoring,” said Chappell.

“We’ve got [Steve Wales] chipping in with goals, I’ve got three, although I’d hardly call it chipping in, and we’ve got other players who can score like [James Comley]. Once he starts scoring regularly, which will be soon, we’ll be a very good team.”

While it is Frendo’s goals that draw the attention of other teams when they game plan for St Albans City, Chappell believes his team-mate is so much more than just a goalscorer.

“There isn’t another striker who can do what he does,” he explained.

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“What he brings to the team…you just don’t see strikers of his height bullying 6ft5 defenders but he does it every week. It’s incredible, phenomenal even.

“He’s the perfect fulcrum for us to play off.”

The job of stopping Frendo falls on Wealdstone’s winless defence on Saturday.

Just this week, Stones’ striker Jonny Wright said his team needs “to be nastier” if they are to survive in the Conference South. If they don’t, they could be the latest in a long time of players to be bullied by Frendo.

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