Preview: Saints looking for seventh consecutive win at Weymouth
PUBLISHED: 10:21 06 December 2013 | UPDATED: 10:21 06 December 2013
St Albans City will be looking to "right a few wrongs" when they travel to Weymouth on Saturday.
Joint manager James Gray insisted last season’s 2-0 loss at the Bob Lucas Stadium was the worst City performance since he and Graham Golds took control of the side last November.
“It was the worst performance of the season down there; we didn’t have a shot on target and got hammered,” said Gray.
“It’s a chance to right a few wrongs so we’re looking forward to it.”
While the teams are separated by just two places and four points in the Calor Southern League table, their recent fortunes are a stark contrast.
Jake Richmond and Nick Bennett’s side bounced back from back-to-back defeats to register two good wins against Arlesey Town and Chippenham before getting thrashed 7-0 by Stourbridge in their last league outing.
“It’s probably the worse time to go there,” admitted Gray.
“They got walloped by Stourbridge so will be looking for a response against us.”
City, on the other hand, apart from two cup defeats, have not lost a game since September 28, including an 11-game unbeaten streak and will fancy themselves to win their seventh consecutive league game.
John Frendo, who has not scored since the 2-1 FA Trophy win over Chelmsford City, a drought for a player of his calibre, will have a chance to get back amongst the goals as Weymouth have conceded three or more goals in a game five times this season. And in James Comley, City have arguably the most in-form midfielder in the division.
Weymouth will be no pushovers, though. Mark Ford and Stewart Yetton have scored league eight goals this season for the Terras, who have won seven and draw two of their 15 games.
However, apart from Greg Ngoyi who is suspended, Saints will travel with a close to full strength side, which has meant three points for City more often than not.
• St Albans City is putting on a supporters’ coach to Weymouth for the Calor League Premier Division game on Saturday, December 7.
The coach will depart at 9.30am from the Clarence Park entrance to the ground. Since the coach has a limited number of seats available, anyone going should book as early as possible.
To reserve seats, call Ian Rogers on 07714 145862. The cost is £20.