NEXT IN TOWN: Leamington
St Albans City v Leamington
Saturday, January 7 – KO 3pm
Manager: Paul Holleran
Last season: 5th
Top scorer this year: Jacob Blyth (11)
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LEAMINGTON are the first visitors to Clarence Park in 2012 with David Howell’s St Albans City side looking for revenge after a 1-0 defeat in the return fixture in November.
Season so far
- 1 14 of the best places for a curry in Hertfordshire according to readers
- 2 Campaign to save Harpenden pub which teamed up with Wheathampstead Indian restaurant
- 3 Former Coventry City junior Joe Newton has eyes on a return to the professional game
- 4 11 of the prettiest streets in St Albans
- 5 City centre road closures are blocking ambulances, meeting hears
- 6 Man in his 80s dies after collision between lorry and mobility scooter
- 7 Remembering one of Hertfordshire's best-known estate agents
- 8 St Albans Charter Market meeting to be held in public
- 9 Nightmare return for Joe Newton as own-goal gives St Albans City victory over Havant
- 10 Planning permission granted for 45-home London Colney development
The Brakes arrive at Clarence Park three points off behind league leaders Brackley Town but without a win in their last three games.
It has been an up and down campaign for the Warwickshire side recording decent results against the teams they are competing with at the top but slipping to poor defeats at struggling Cirencester Town (2-1) and Bedford (4-0).
The Festive Period wasn’t kind to Leamington who picked up just one point from their three fixtures; that coming from a 1-1 draw at home to Frome Town. Either side of that result were defeats at Barwell (3-1) and at home to Redditch United (2-1) on Bank Holiday Monday.
Team vs Redditch: Evans, Mace, Morley, Downes �, Francis, Charlton, Owen, Adkins, Blyth, Corbett, Batchelor.
We’ve Met Before – Leamington 1 St Albans City 0 (November 26, 2011)
Jacob Blyth scored the only goal of the game before being sent off when the two sides met back in November.
St Albans were angered when referee, Martin Dexter, turned down two very good penalty shouts only to hand the home side a hotly disputed spot kick which Blyth converted.
An off-the-ball clash between Blyth and Saints’ Ryan Moran saw both players dismissed but Leamington held on for the three points.
Paul Furlong is expected to shake off a knock picked up at Weymouth to fight it out with Sakho Bakare, Aaron Lansiquot and Rob Haworth for a place up front alongside Simon Martin.
Matt Cutchey misses out for the second game in a row because of work commitments while Sean Shields is still a few weeks away from a return.
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