St Albans aiming for another Conference scalp
PUBLISHED: 10:03 13 December 2013 | UPDATED: 10:03 13 December 2013
St Albans City will hope to add Cambridge United to the list of Conference scalps they have already taken this season when the two sides meet in the FA Trophy this Saturday at Clarence Park.
Joint managers Graham Golds and James Gray have seen their side knock off Tonbridge Angels twice and Chelmsford City in cup competitions. but in Cambridge, they face a tougher test as Richard Money’s side lead the Conference Premier.
Speaking to the Herts Ad ahead of the game, Golds said: “I think we have a squad capable of causing an upset.
“It will be a good test for our lads and it’ll show us where we are as a team.”
Golds admitted that confidence within the squad is high after breaking a club record for most consecutive away wins on Tuesday night - see inside for full story - and boasting a record that has just two losses since September 28.
One of the defeats was in the FA Cup at the hands of Mansfield Town. City were beaten 8-1 at Clarence Park on the day, with six of the goals coming in the last 20 minutes of the game, but Golds insisted the scoreline did not reflect the game and his players have the chance to “set the record straight.”
“Mansfield were a League Two side and we more than matched them for 70 minutes,” he said.
“Saturday is a chance to put the record straight. The result nowhere near reflected the game but it’s on record as an 8-1 win.
“It’s a chance to show how far we’ve come in a short space of time.”
He added: “I don’t know what sort of team Cambridge will bring but, now they’re out of the FA Cup, I expect it to be close to full-strength.”
Even if Money does not bring his best 11, City will still be heavy underdogs against one of the favourites to win the competition, a label Golds explained City are “relishing.”
“Apart from the Mansfield game, every time we’ve been the underdog – against Chelmsford and Tonbridge – we’ve come out on top.
“Not being the favourite suits us; we can get the ball down and relax without worrying about the pressures that come with being expected to win. The lads will be able to express themselves.”
One of the main talking points ahead of the game will be the absence of Richard Graham. The 31-year-old was sent off for an alleged elbow against Tonbridge, although video evidence, which appeared after the deadline for City to appeal the dismissal, proved he did nothing wrong.
But even without an integral part of the Saints’ midfield, Golds does not expect to change the formation.
“We won’t mess with it as it has worked well for us.”
Without Graham, City will be expected to plug either Chris Watters or Danny Green into midfield alongside James Comley, Ram Marwa and David Keenleyside.
Saturday’s game at Clarence Park kicks off at 3pm.
n James Comley has been selected as City’s November Player of the Month. It is the second month running he has won the accolade. Comley will be presented with the award prior to Saturday’s FA Trophy tie by Phill Spokes, CEO of allseven24, who is the sponsor of the November award.