Preview: Saints welcome Hitchin Town

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St Albans City FC’s game against Hitchin Town will go ahead despite overnight rain.

Tonight’s game, which kicks off at Clarence Park at 7.45pm, is the second meeting of the teams in the Calor Southern League this season - they played out a 1-1 draw at Top Field back in September.

On the night it was former Hitchin frontman John Frendo who was on target for Saints; his first for the club which sparked a run of goals, including a four-goal haul at Truro City. St Albans couldn’t grab all the points, though, as Michael Noone scored a long-range effort to level the scores.

Since then the teams have had differing fortunes.

The Canaries have picked up five points from six games with club’s press officer admitting the side is missing Frendo’s clinical finishing - Hitchin has one of the worst scoring records in the league having netted 14 times in 11 games. Hitchin cannot be overlooked though. Robbie Burns and Michael King have both scored four in the last six games and in Callum Donnelly they have a tenacious midfielder who will fight for the ball for 90 minutes.

And withouth the distraction of cup games - Mark Burke’s side has exited the FA Cup, the FA Trophy and the Red Insure Cup - Hitchin are fully focused on the league campaign.

Saints, on the other hand, have a perfect record in all cup competitions this season, reaching the first round proper of the FA Cup, the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy and the second round of the Red Insure Cup, in which they have been drawn at home against Beaconsfield SYCOB.

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City’s last league game was a 2-2 draw with league leaders Hemel Hempstead, although the Tudors were thoroughly beaten for 90 minutes and needed an injury-time equaliser to snatch a point.

Despite a fantastic showing against Hemel. it will be City’s cup form that will give them the confidence to win tonight’s contest. A 2-0 win on Saturday against Chatham set up a tie with Mansfield Town in the FA Cup and the players will be riding that high into the game.