Saints to continue with one man up front for time being says frustrated Ian Allinson

Rhys Murrell-Williamson in action against Welling United. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Rhys Murrell-Williamson in action against Welling United. Picture: LEIGH PAGE - Credit: Archant

St Albans City manager Ian Allinson has hinted at a change in formation – but says it is unlikely to be to a two-man strike force.

Saturday’s 2-1 reverse to Welling United was the third league defeat in a row for City, a run which has seen the former Vanarama National League South leaders drop to seventh.

And there has been noises made by supporters who would like to see Allinson switch from the lone striker to two up front, a system that served Saints well in their 2-1 loss at Dartford last week.

Allinson admitted “we might have to look at different shapes, different ideas” but feels with the personnel currently at the club, the way they line up is still the best way forward.

He said: “It would be nice but what you’ve got to look at is the system we’ve played at home has been great.

“With the personnel we’ve got, the shape has worked well for us bar the last few games.

“But if we [go to two strikers] we’ll have to change the way we play. At the moment we’re playing through the midfield.

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“If we’ve got two up front you have to get the ball to them and it would isolate the likes of David Noble and Solomon Sambou who are quite comfortable on the ball.

“It’s difficult, I understand the frustrations and nobody feels the frustration more than me.

“But we’ve got to believe in what we’re doing.

“The shape wasn’t the reason we got beat [against Welling]. We got beat because we haven’t defended well enough for the whole 90 minutes.”

One of the features during the disappointing run has been the profligacy in front of goal.

Saints have had plenty of opportunities and attempts at goal but the net hasn’t bulged as regularly as Allinson would like.

“It’s not something that has crept up on us,” he said. “We’ve created chances in every game we’ve played but we’ve not been clinical enough.

“The return on goals per game isn’t good enough.

“That’s what we have to improve and if the personnel here isn’t good enough, then we’ll have to bring in players who are.

“But I trust the players here. They will score goals at this level and have done before.

“The season will even itself out at the end of the year.”

Their next chance to stop the rot comes at Chippenham Town on Saturday.