Preview: Maidenhead United vs St Albans City

Lee Chappell celebrates his hat-trick against Maidenhead United on September 13. Picture: Bob Walkle

Lee Chappell celebrates his hat-trick against Maidenhead United on September 13. Picture: Bob Walkley - Credit: Archant

St Albans City will be looking to complete their first clean sweep when they meet Maidenhead United at York Road on Saturday.

Lee Chappell scored a hat-trick from left-back in the first Vanarama Conference South clash between the teams on September 13. Steve Wales scored the other goal as the Saints won 4-1, their biggest league win of the season.

Saturday offers the Saints the first chance to register home and away wins over the same opponent in the league.

“It would be nice to get a double,” admitted joint manager James Gray. “I haven’t got a problem with what we’ve got. It depends on how we turn up on the day. I feel the squad is strong and when we work like we did [against Concord Rangers] then our ability will always come through.

“If we can work as we did [against Concord] and Gosport Borough then there are not many side who have the quality we do. But it’s difficult to get the boys in the mentality to do it week in, week out and the keep the quality. We don’t want to be a team that kicks long balls and his just big and physical. We want to try to get the balance right between keeping a clean sheet and attacking with free-flowing football.

“Maidenhead presents us with another opportunity for three points and another three points closer to where we need to be.”

Gray and Graham Golds could stick with the same starting line-up that beat Concord against Maidenhead, utilising a front three and Sam Corcoran in behind. However, James Comley’s fitness could play a major factor. If the captain is fit, it’s difficult to leave him out of the side, which could mean the defensive midfield partnership of James Kaloczi and Omar Beckles, which was superb, could be broken.

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St Albans’ other opportunities to register clean sweeps come at home against Basingstoke Town (February 14), Wealdstone (Feb 28), Weston-super-Mare (Mar 14) and Staines Town (Mar 28) and away at Concord (Mar 7), Bishop’s Stortford (Apr 4) and Gosport (Apr 11).