Saints face toughest test yet
PUBLISHED: 08:59 06 February 2009 | UPDATED: 13:54 06 May 2010
St Albans City v AFC Wimbledon Blue Square South – Saturday, February 7, 2009 Clarence Park (Kick off 3pm) ST ALBANS City face their biggest challenge of the season when they welcome AFC Wimbledon to Clarence Park for the first time on Saturday. AFC Wimb
St Albans City v AFC Wimbledon
Blue Square South - Saturday, February 7, 2009
Clarence Park (Kick off 3pm)
ST ALBANS City face their biggest challenge of the season when they welcome AFC Wimbledon to Clarence Park for the first time on Saturday.
AFC Wimbledon was formed by angry fans after Wimbledon FC was relocated up the M1 to Milton Keynes and renamed the MK Dons. Since then the breakaway club has raced up the non-league pyramid and sit at the top of the Blue Square South table. Boasting an average gate of 3,093 their fans will travel in numbers and the Saints will have to be at the top of their game to get anything from this encounter.
Last Meeting - The two clubs have only met once, in the First Round of the FA Trophy in 2005. On that day City prevailed, with two Paul Hakim goals and a Barry Moore own goal giving them a 3-2 win at Kingsmeadow.
Form - Not only do the Dons sit at the top of the table, they also sit at the top of the form guide having taken five wins and a draw from their last six games.
Last time out they recorded a 3-1 victory over title rivals, Chelmsford City, in front of 4,690 fans at Kingsmeadow, with over 300 fans turned away at the gate.
Players to Watch - Jon Main is the leading scorer in Blue Square South this season with 25 goals to his name. The striker joined the Dons in November 2007 from Tonbridge Angels for a club record fee and has scored seven in his last four appearances including a hat trick in the Dons' 5-1 win over Braintree.
Main has formed a deadly partnership with Danny Kedwell, who joined the club from Blue Square Premier outfit Grays Athletic in September 2008. Kedwell has gained a reputation as a prolific goalscorer at this level and has weighed in with 13 goals so far this season.
Midfielder Sam Hatton grabbed the headlines earlier in the season when he scored for the Dons in their FA Cup tie with League Two highfliers Wycombe Wanderers. The former Stevenage Borough player, who was born in St Albans, has also featured at right back for the Dons, but is likely to be in his more accustomed role in midfield after boss Terry Brown signed full back Andy Sambrook from Thurrock last week.
Team News - City captain Ben Martin and defender James Fisher are both serving one-match suspensions, and with Ryan Frater struggling with a hamstring injury, Steve Castle's defensive options are limited. James Quilter could slot in at centre half alongside Adam Everitt with new loan signing Soloman Shields making his debut in central midfield. Castle does have options up front with Paul Hakim, Gary Cohen, Simon Martin and Danny Charge all pushing for a start.