Preview: City hoping to jump into play-off spots

City will be aiming to move into the play-off spots when they travel to Redditch on Saturday.

The Saints moved up into sixth following Monday’s win but fell a place 24 hours later after Stourbridge thumped seven past Frome Town.

Joint manager James Gray said it is imperative St Albans are on the coat-tails of the top six, if not in it, at the end of 2013.

“We didn’t have the life in us [on Monday against Bashley] but at the end of the game we won 2-0, so it’s a case of job done, move on,” he said.

“We tried to get the boys going but it didn’t happen; we’ll need to lift ourselves for Saturday. We’ve been on a good run in the league but we need to be better than we were [against Bashley] at Redditch.

“We need to get three points in every game – I’m never happy with a point – and be [in the play-off hunt] in January.”

Saturday is also a chance for the Saints to extend their unbeaten run in the league to nine games. Their last league defeat was back in September when they were beaten 2-1 by Stourbridge at Clarence Park.

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Redditch, who sit 13th in the league, head into the game on the back of a 3-1 win on Monday against Bideford after losing two straight games to Poole Town and Cambridge City.

Liam McDonald’s side have goals in them – most notably from Harvey Headley who is the league’s seventh top scorer with 11 – but their main problem has been at the back.

Redditch have conceded 52 goals in 23 games, good for the sixth worst goal difference in the division, so City’s strikers will be confident of finding the net.

John Frendo has scored three in the last two games and 10 in the league so far and should be joined by Mark Nwokeji up top, who has recovered from a slight hamstring injury.

Joint managers Gray and Graham Golds will also have Barnet loanee Jamal Lowe at their disposal as well as a full-strength squad that is not carrying many injuries.

• St Albans City is putting a supporters’ coach for the games against Redditch United and Hungerford Town.

The Redditch game is this Saturday (December 21). The coach will depart from Clarence Park at 10.30am. The cost is £15.

The following Saturday (December 28) City travel to Hungerford. The coach will depart Clarence Park at 11am. The cost is £10.

Coaches have limited seats so booking is essential. To reserve a seat contact Ian Rogers on 07714 145862.