NEXT IN TOWN: Arlesey Town

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St Albans City v Arlesey Town

Saturday, October 8 – KO 3pm

Manager: Zema Abbey

Last season: 1st (Southern Division One Central)

Top scorer this year: Chris Dillon (Four)

ST ALBANS City will look to put their FA Cup disappointment behind them this Saturday when they welcome Premier Division newboys Arlesey Town to Clarence Park.

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There are several familiar faces to Saints fans in the Arlesey ranks with ex-Saints Ryan Frater and Dave Deeney and St Albans City Midweek Youth coach James Gray all featuring for the Blues this term.

Season so far

It’s been a steady start to their Premier Division journey for Arlesey Town who currently sit in 15th place.

After starting the season with back-to-back defeats the Blues got their campaign up and running with a point at Frome Town before notching their first three points with an impressive 2-0 win over big-spending title hopefuls Brackley Town.

Since then Arlesey’s league form has been patchy winning just one more Premier Division game – a 2-0 win at Bedford – but while the Blues have struggled in the league, their FA Cup form has been impressive.

A late Dave Deeney goal gave Zema Abbey’s side a 2-1 win over Tilbury in the First Qualifying Round before the Blues caused the upset of the Second Qualifying Round with a 6-2 defeat of Conference South outfit Hampton & Richmond Borough.

The Blues were brought back down to earth on Tuesday evening, however, as they slipped to a 2-1 home defeat against Barwell.

Team v Barwell: Osborn; Deeney, Bufano, Frater, Mawer, S Sinclair, Allinson, D Sinclair, Mason; Dillon, Marsh.

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