Saints look to end run
PUBLISHED: 16:51 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010
Bath City - St Albans City Blue Square South - January 24, 2009
Twerton Park (Kick off 3pm)
ST ALBANS City make the long trip to Bath City on Saturday looking for their first league win since they beat troubled-side Fisher Athletic on November 8. They
Bath City - St Albans City
Blue Square South - January 24, 2009
Twerton Park (Kick off 3pm)
ST ALBANS City make the long trip to Bath City on Saturday looking for their first league win since they beat troubled-side Fisher Athletic on November 8. They travel to Twerton Park looking for their first ever win at the venue, having lost 3-0 last season and then suffering a 2-0 defeat to co-tenants Team Bath earlier in the current campaign.
Last Meeting - Goals from Simon Martin and Paul Hakim helped the Saints come from behind to win 2-1 the last time the two sides clashed. A Martin goal just after the hour cancelled out Sekani Simpson's 13th minute effort before Hakim struck eight minutes from time to send the Romans home empty handed.
Form - St Albans are suffering a woeful run of form and are in danger of seeing their playoff hopes evaporate after only taking three points from seven games since they were last victorious.
The hosts Bath City have picked up 16 points from their last six games and sit just above their visitors in the Blue Square South table in ninth place. Bath are four points off of the playoffs but have two games in hand over Welling United who currently reside in the final playoff place.
Players to watch - Dave Gilroy is in good goalscoring form for the Romans netting three goals in his last three appearances. The Blue Square South Player of the Month for December was Bath's top scorer last season and he will fancy his chances against a City back line that has conceded eight goals in its last two outings.
Another threat to the City defence will be Darren Edwards. The 28-year old former Yate Town front man has weighed in with five league goals this term and he scored in the corresponding fixture last year.
Pulling the strings in midfield is Lewis Hogg. The former Weston-super-Mare player cost Bath £4,000 and has represented England at non-league level. He has recently been linked with a return to Weston-super-Mare but Bath are keen to keep hold of their midfield maestro.
Team News - Gary Cohen sits out the final game of his three-match suspension on Saturday meaning there is an attacking position up for grabs. Simon Martin has deputised for Cohen but has been suffering from a lack of form while youngster Danny Charge could be given a chance after he made an instant impact on his debut coming off the bench to score in the disappointing home defeat against Bromley. Lee Clarke is also set to miss out after aggravating his knee during training on Monday night. The influential midfielder has been playing with a cartilage problem for the last two months but is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after the latest set back.
Gethin Jones and Matt Coupe are expected to overcome injury scares to take their place in the Romans side while experienced midfielder Ali Gibb could also feature after a good performance from the bench at Hayes & Yeading.