Fans can make the difference for City
ST Albans City boss Steve Castle has issued a rallying call to fans ahead of the dramatic climax to the relegation battle. The Saints host Eastleigh on Saturday, travel to Maidenhead United for an epic battle on Tuesday and then return to Clarence Park
ST Albans City boss Steve Castle has issued a rallying call to fans ahead of the dramatic climax to the relegation battle.
The Saints host Eastleigh on Saturday, travel to Maidenhead United for an epic battle on Tuesday and then return to Clarence Park for the final game on Saturday, April 26, against Hampton & Richmond.
Following the magical run of five wins in six games, Castle's men drew at fellow form side Welling United and then saw the unbeaten run crushed with a last gasp strike at Bognor. Castle hopes the fans will turn out in force to support his impressive side as they look to finish the job and ensure Blue Square South football at Clarence Park next season. The manager said: "We have two home games and if we can get as much support as possible I know the players will appreciate it and I know I would. It could just make the difference. The support will be very valuable for the football club.
"We now have three high-pressure games. Lets be honest we have had those for the last month because if we hadn't won the games we did in March we would be down by now.
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"There really is going to be a few twists and turns. We have got to do our part and win our games of football. If we win our three games I am pretty sure that that will keep us up."
Centre back Ryan Frater returns from suspension for the Eastleigh match at Clarence park and midfielder Jonathan Hunt could return from injury to play a part in the final three matches. It is unlikely that hamstring victims Ben Martin and Hassan Sulaiman will be back. Castle said: "Jonathan is probably the most likely to be feature out of all of them. The others they are hamstrings and when you say it is out for the season it sounds a bit dramatic but it is only a week and a half. It would be a real bonus if we could get them back.
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"Ryan Frater was an integral part of the success through March and it will be good to have him back. Obviously James Quilter was probably the pick of the bunch on Saturday and hopefully James and Ryan can pick up a great partnership."
Castle is expecting a tough test on Saturday with promotion chasers Eastleigh looking for the points to seal their place in the play offs. The manager said: "The real tough game I think would be Saturday. It is a must win game for Eastleigh to secure their play off position and they are a very good team. It is a tough proposition but that is arguably when we probably come to the fore. We played very well against Lewes and we ground out a very good win against Havant & Waterlooville.