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)

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

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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.

Team news

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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