No nerves for St Albans City ahead of massive Havant & Waterlooville clash

Michael Thalassitis' header made it 2-0. Picture: BOB WALKLEY

Michael Thalassitis' header made it 2-0. Picture: BOB WALKLEY - Credit: Archant

Ian Allinson has no concerns about his side’s mentality as they prepare to face arguably their biggest test of the season against Havant & Waterlooville.

Tuesday’s night draw with Hemel Hempstead Town moved Saints out of the bottom three for the first time since the middle of December.

And the team that replaced them in the drop zone just happen to be tomorrow’s (Saturday) visitors to Clarence Park.

But despite the change in mentality that could bring, the City gaffer does not think it will affect his players.

He said: “When I came in I didn’t feel that the team or myself or anyone were under any kind of pressure because of the situation we were in.

“Now it’s about how we will react not being in the bottom three. The players have got to remain totally positive and I’ll certainly be trying to win the game. Hopefully we can push on and do that.

“I don’t think there’ll be any nerves. We’ve got some big players in there who’ve been in situations like this before.

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“We’ve just to take the game to Havant and if we do that we’ll get three points and be another step nearer to where we need to be.”

There will be late decisions made on both Ben Martin and Charlie MacDonald, both of whom missed the draw at Hemel through injury.

James Kaloczi, who made his first start in his second spell at Vauxhall Road, remains in the squad.

Kick-off is at 3pm and a big, boisterous crowd is expected.

Vanarama National League South (bottom):

17. Bath City 44

18. Margate 44

19. St Albans City 42

20. Havant & Waterlooville 42

21. Hayes & Yeading United 42

22. Basingstoke Town 31

Saturday, April 16 fixtures:

Bath City v Eastbourne Borough

Bishop’s Stortford v Margate

Hayes & Yeading United v Concord Rangers

St Albans City v Havant & Waterlooville