‘No fear’ for Saints in battle to beat the drop

Ian Allinson, St Albans City's manager. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

Ian Allinson, St Albans City's manager. Picture: BOB WALKLEY - Credit: Archant

St Albans City’s manager Ian Allinson was refusing to get carried away despite picking up a fourth successive win against Eastbourne Borough – but says Saints have “no fear” about the task ahead.

The win does not lift Saints out of the relegation zone but does put them level on points with Bath City.

But Allinson wants his side to keep their feet on the ground.

He said: “I certainly don’t feel nervous and neither do the players. It’s about enjoying the run-in, because we’ve got to enjoy it, and if we do we’ll have half a chance of staying up.

“If we get nervous, we’ll start panicking and not play with the same fluency as we have today.

“But we’ve managed to bring two or three more teams into the relegation battle. Everybody has said we will be relegated, they’ve said that all season. And if things stay the same, we will be.

“But we’ve got no fear. All we can do is win three or four of our games and put pressure on the teams around us.”

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He admitted that this was a gritty success but was delighted, as he has been for the last few weeks, about his side’s determination and hunger.

He said: “I thought we started flat. I was disappointed with the goal and gave us a mountain to climb.

“But the lads did great to come back, especially in the last 20 minutes when Sam Corcoran came on, we looked a much better side.

“I was happy we came from a goal behind. The wind played a major part and the pitch was a bit bobbly. I just felt we started a bit sloppy.

“Full credit to the players.”

The win sets up a mouth-watering local derby on Monday against Hemel Hempstead Town.

And it is one the boss is looking forward too.

He said: “We’ve got to go there with confidence that we’ve shown over the last four games. We’ve got a fighting spirit now where everyone thinks we’re going to win games.”