City eager to return to action

PUBLISHED: 09:53 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

ST ALBANS City boss Steve Castle says his players are eager to get back to action after a frustrating two-week break due to the weather. City haven t played since New Year s Day after their home game with Dorchester and their trip to Eastleigh were postpo

ST ALBANS City boss Steve Castle says his players are eager to get back to action after a frustrating two-week break due to the weather. City haven't played since New Year's Day after their home game with Dorchester and their trip to Eastleigh were postponed due to frozen pitches but Castle says his players are fully recuperated and are ready to get back to business. "We haven't had much match action recently but we've been busy keeping them fit and we had an excellent training session last night. All the lads are eager to get back to action."

The break has given Chris Seeby and Lee Clarke the opportunity to rest following their return to first-team action, something that was probably needed explains Castle: "Chris Seeby has been coming back off of 14 months out and to play as much as he has done is remarkable and to compound it all he's also had a bout of flu. This break is probably a blessing in disguise. His aching limbs are rested up and he's one of the ones who trained well last night.

"Lee Clarke has got a knee problem, and it's not something that's going to go away until he's had an operation. It's a case of maintaining him and keeping him as fit as possible."

Castle was pleased with his side's performances over the Festive period especially as they followed a number of disappointing results. "I was very encouraged with the two games against Hampton," declared Castle.

"We let ourselves down against Braintree I thought, even though we were missing some key players. Worcester was arguably one of our worst performances of the season.

"It was two cracking performances against last season's playoff finalists Hampton, who will be in and around it this year, and we took them all the way and were arguably the better team."

City entertain Bromley at Clarence Park on Saturday, a team Castle isn't underestimating: "It is a winnable game but it's also difficult. They took more points off Chelmsford than most people thought they would with a win and a draw. It's down to what team performs on the day. It's about getting back to the levels of consistency that we had when we were on that long unbeaten run."

There are a couple of Saints players recovering from flu ahead of Saturday's game though Castle is confident he will have a full squad to choose from.

"Ben Martin is struggling with a bit of fitness and flu and Scott Cousins has just returned after a big bout of flu but they both trained last night.

"In general they've all had time to recuperate and hopefully by the time Saturday comes they'll all be declaring themselves fit."

l The St Albans City Supporters Club is arranging coach travel to the away games with Bath City and Weston-super-Mare.

The coach to Bath on January 24, will depart Clarence Road at 10.30am and will cost adult members £16 and junior members £10.

Seven days later City travel to Weston-super-Mare. The Supporters Club coach will leave Clarence Road at 9.30am and costs adult members £20 and junior members £12.

To book a place on either of these coaches contact Ian Bangs on 07733 381874 or Peter Knock on 01727 847484.

Paul Hakim will receive his Harpenden Construction Ltd Player of the Month award for December prior to Saturday's game.

l City will now travel to Eastleigh on Tuesday February 3 (k.o. 7.45pm) while Dorchester will visit Clarence Park on Tuesday March 24 (k.o. 7.45pm).


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