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St Albans City v Chelmsford City

Saturday, February 12, 2011

AFTER a dismal week for the club, St Albans City return to home comforts at Clarence Park on Saturday when high-flying Chelmsford City are the visitors.

ADDRESS: Clarence Park, York Road, St Albans, Herts, AL1 4PL

Tel: 01727 864296

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THE LOWDOWN: Chelmsford sit in third place ahead of Saturday’s clash was Clarence Park. The Clarets are 11 points behind league leaders Braintree Town though they do have a game in hand on their Essex rivals.

The Clarets come into this weekend’s game having won just once in their last four outings, including defeats to Boreham Wood and Havant & Waterlooville.

However last time out Glenn Pennyfather’s side ran riot putting four unanswered goals past Basingstoke Town on Monday evening.

THE MANAGER: Glenn Pennyfather is in his second season in charge of Chelmsford having previously been first team coach under previous boss Jeff King.

Pennyfather’s debut season in sole control ended with a defeat in the play-offs but the former Crystal Palace man will be hoping his side can go one better this term with the Clarets currently on course to book their place in the end of season shootout.

Pennyfather began his playing career at Southend before moving to Palace for �150,000. The 47-year-old then had spells with Ipswich Town and Bristol City before dipping into non-league football with Stevenage Borough and Canvey Island. It was at Canvey where Pennyfather broke into coaching.

THE SQUAD: Experienced stopper James Pullen has made the number one jersey his own at Melbourne Park and will appear between the sticks at Clarence Park on Saturday.

Former City trialists Ben Nunn has impressed at right-back for Chelmsford this season alongside Adam Tann and Sami El-Abd. Kurt Robinson has recently signed a contract with the Clarets after impressing with his performances at left-back.

In midfield Chelmsford can boast one of the most experienced pairings in the league. Dave Rainford helped Dagenham & Redbridge gain promotion to the Football League, where he was the only part-time player in England’s top four divisions. Since joining Chelmsford Rainford has skippered the side and he is likely to line up alongside double FA Trophy winner John Martin in the middle of the park.

Former Bath City man Matt Lock provides the width down the right for Chelmsford with Takumi Ake deployed on the left hand side of midfield.

Wayne Gray is a new face at Melbourne Park having recently joined from Cambridge City and he’s likely to feature alongside big target man Rob Edmans up front.

LAST TIME: City were a mere 13 minutes away from causing an upset at Melbourne Park.

Harry Beautyman’s only goal of his one month loan spell put City ahead in Essex but Anthony Cook’s strike ensured the home side nicked a share of the spoils.

Chelmsford’s last visit to Clarence Park ended in a 1-0 win for the visitors courtesy of Ricky Holmes’ second half effort.

REFEREE (subject to change): S M Plane assisted by W Chalmers and R Moss.

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