Saints head to south coast
PUBLISHED: 10:10 18 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:48 06 May 2010
ST ALBANS make the long trip to Westleigh Park on Saturday where they will take on Havant & Waterlooville in the Blue Square South. Havant are best known for their FA Cup exploits last season which culminated in them playing Liverpool at Anfield and scori
ST ALBANS make the long trip to Westleigh Park on Saturday where they will take on Havant & Waterlooville in the Blue Square South.
Havant are best known for their FA Cup exploits last season which culminated in them playing Liverpool at Anfield and scoring twice at the Kop end. However this season has been a different story and they have struggled so far finding themselves in 17th place, one point above the relegation zone.
l Last Meeting - St Albans 1 Havant & Waterlooville 1: The two sides met on the opening day of the season, sharing a 1-1 draw. Simon Martin opened the scoring for City after just 61 seconds but Havant drew level when Ben Martin put through his own goal.
l Form: Havant are looking for their first league win in 10 games. Their last victory in the Blue Square South came on September 13 when they beat leaders Chelmsford City 2-1 at Westleigh Park. In their last outing, Havant recorded a 3-1 win over Bury Town in the FA Trophy with Craig Watkins scoring a hat trick.
l Players to Watch: Former Saints defender Gary Elphick has been in good form for the Hawks and is even helping the cause at the other end of the pitch, scoring six goals.
Supplying the crosses for Elphick is tricky winger Charlie Henry. The former Grays Athletic and Dorchester attacker has scored four goals for the Hawks this season and will need to be watched carefully by the City defence on Saturday. Looking to dominate in midfield will be captain Jamie Collins. Collins is a former Watford youth team player and has weighed in with four goals this term.
l St Albans team news: Steve Castle will be forced into making changes to his midfield with Luke Thurlbourne's loan expiring on Friday. Lee Clarke is pushing for a place in the starting line up after coming on in Saturday's defeat at Stevenage with Jon Munday another option available to Castle. Sam Hurrell impressed when coming off the bench last weekend and Chris Seeby could make his long awaited return to the first team squad.