St Albans City look to extend streak at Braintree

PUBLISHED: 08:00 28 August 2017

Action from St Albans clash with Concord (pic Robert Walkley)

Action from St Albans clash with Concord (pic Robert Walkley)

Robert Walkley

St Albans City boss Ian Allinson says he has never known a run like it in his 27 years of management.

A 2-1 win over Concord Rangers on Saturday made it six successive victories for City in the National League South and they will look to extend that run at Braintree on Bank Holiday Monday (3pm).

But Allinson knows the game is about fine margins and said: “I think it’s probably the best I’ve had as a manager in 27 years.

“It’s very difficult to win six games on the trot and say someone has beaten that so I’d have to say it probably is, but this football game never makes you sleep easy.

“We’ve had six results but could quite easily have come away with two or three draws and a defeat.

“I’m over the moon to have 18 points before the end of August is a fantastic achievement and the players have been absolutely magnificent.”

Second-half goals from David Noble and Charlie Walker cancelled out Steve Cawley’s opener for Concord and City had chances to extend their lead.

But they also needed Dean Snedker to make a good save late on and Allinson knows his men need to be ready from the start at Cressing Road.

He added: “I went there a few years ago and I think we lost 3-1 with Boreham Wood, but I watched them at East Thurrock and they were very good, one of the best sides I’ve seen.

“They lost 5-3 and how they lost I haven’t got a clue, they were very bright, good on the ball and have got some cracking players who move the ball quickly so it’s going to be a very, very tough game and if we’re not on our toes, if we start sloppy it’s going to be a tough day.”

Allinson added Queens Park Rangers youngster Kingsley Eshun to the squad at the weekend and says he will keep his eyes open for more players.

But he professed himself happy with his lot at this point, saying: “We’re happy with the squad, we’ve got 17, 18, but we’re going to need a bit of luck along the way.

“We’ve brought young Kingsley in from QPR, and he will give us a bit more in terms of pace going in behind teams.

“I’m happy with the squad, as I’ve said before. We’ve just got a couple of little niggles but hopefully they will be all right and fit for Monday.

“If somebody becomes available we will make a move. We made a move for a lad this week but didn’t get him, that’s part and parcel of football.

“Kingsley will come in for a month, but it could be one of those where we speak to Chris Ramsey at QPR and they let us have him for the rest of the season.

He’s different to what we’ve got, so will be a good addition going forward.”

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