It's local derby time
IT S local derby time this week as St Albans and Harpenden come head-to-head twice in four days. St Albans make the short trip to Harpenden Common tonight (Wednesday) in the Home Counties Premier League Twenty20 Competition and then the two teams meet at
IT'S local derby time this week as St Albans and Harpenden come head-to-head twice in four days.
St Albans make the short trip to Harpenden Common tonight (Wednesday) in the Home Counties Premier League Twenty20 Competition and then the two teams meet at Clarence Park on Saturday in their first encounter in Division Two (East).
St Albans are unbeaten in the league with a win and two draws to their name while Harpenden have a 100 percent league record and the matches look set to provide fireworks.
Harpenden captain Ben Frazer says he will just look at the games as normal games and just enjoy playing alongside his team mates
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"I don't look at it as if it is a massive derby match," Frazer told The Herts Advertiser.
"It is another game in hopefully a successful season and with the way we are playing and the spirit in the team you can only look forward to playing with the boys. It is a pleasure to play and captain them."
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Wednesday night's clash will be both sides first game in the Twenty20 format this season but Frazer says the league is the club's main priority.
"I am not overly worried about how we do or how far we go. The game will give us a chance to see how St Albans are set [ahead of the league game] and perhaps give a chance to some of our younger players to show what talents they have."
The Herts County star is unhappy that the game is being played a 5.30pm on a week night, because some of the key players will be missing due to work commitments.
"It's disappointing a game has to be played at 5.30pm on a Wednesday as most people work. Surely the point of these games is for the best players to play against each other?"
St Albans have made a good start to life in Division Two (East) following their promotion last season and Frazer admits he's not got much inside information on their opponents.
"To be honest I don't really know too much about them," said Frazer.
"They are obviously a good side because they got promoted. If Murty Hussain is shipped in then he will have a massive input. Having played with him for a year at Welwyn I know how classy a player he is.