City look to banish Welling defeat as Farnborough come to town
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SEVENTH place Farnborough provide the opposition for St Albans City tonight as Steve Castle’s Saints look to bounce back from Saturday’s 6-0 hammering at Welling United.
THE LOWDOWN: Newly promoted Farnborough have adjusted well to life in Blue Square Bet South after a slow start to the new season.
After starting the season with back-to-back defeats, the Hampshire outfit have found their feet and are currently on a four game unbeaten run in the league.
A recent 3-1 win over Chelmsford City underlined Boro’s potential but a horror-showing at Dover, similar to City’s defeat at Welling, saw Steve King’s side concede four goals in the opening 19 minutes as they crashed out of the FA Cup.
The Hampshire outfit have a mixed record on the road this season, winning three and losing three with just the one draw from their travels.
THE MANAGER: Steve King is no stranger to success in Conference South. The 41-year-old led Lewes to promotion in 2008 only to be controversially dismissed during the off-season. A brief spell at Northwich Victoria followed before King arrived at Cherrywood Road in June 2009.
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PLAYER TO WATCH: Former Arsenal trainee Kezie Ibe provides Farnborough with a lively presence up front. Ibe has six goals to his name so far this season and hit 18 as Farnborough sealed the Zamaretto Premier Division title last season.
LAST TIME: Tonight’s clash will be the first fixture between the two clubs since Farnborough FC was formed following Farnborough Town’s liquidation.
The last time the previous club visited Clarence Park was in 2006 when the two sides shared a 2-2 draw with Jay Gasson’s 88th minute goal denying City all the points.
TEAM NEWS: City boss Steve Castle suggested he would make major changes to his squad after Saturday’s capitulation at Welling United.
Ben Martin hopes to have shaken off his hamstring injury to play some part for the Saints while reserve team striker Dom Petrucci could be handed the chance to see if he can provide the goods in the first team.
Youngsters Ross Dedman, Sam Barker and Sean Shields are in contention for a place in the starting XI as is assistant manager Mark Peters who has returned to fitness.
For those of you who are unable to make it to Clarence Park tonight, you can keep up with the action via our CITYLIVE service which will start at around 7.45pm