National League South: Ian Allinson expecting tough game for St Albans City despite Hampton & Richmond rebuild during the summer

PUBLISHED: 15:00 13 August 2018

Former St Albans City winger Rhys Murrell-Williamson will return to Clarence Park in a Hampton & Richmond Borough shirt. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Former St Albans City winger Rhys Murrell-Williamson will return to Clarence Park in a Hampton & Richmond Borough shirt. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

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Don’t underestimate the challenge ahead – that’s the stark warning for St Albans City ahead of their National League South game with Hampton & Richmond Borough.

Previous manager Alan Dowson left The Beveree in May for the job at Woking and took a fair few of the squad with him.

It left his replacement, Hendon legend Gary McCann, with a big re-building job, something that is still a work in progress as the new look Beavers, who include Rhys Murrell-Williamson in their ranks, continue to search for their first win of the new campaign.

But City boss Ian Allinson is still expecting another hard encounter at Clarence Park tomorrow (Tuesday).

He said: “They’ve had a massive change around in terms of management and when that comes, there is a turnaround in personnel.

“The previous regime has taken a fair number of their players so Gary McCann has a tough job in terms of rebuilding the side.

“But I know that he will work hard in everything he does and will leave no stone unturned in trying to get a result.

“They will be a tough nut to crack and if we don’t work hard on our game we won’t pick up maximum points.

“And we have to because every game is so important in this league.”

One injury doubt is Dave Diedhiou who missed the win at Weston-super-Mare with an injury picked up five days earlier in the Woking game.

He will have a late fitness test before Allinson names his side.

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