St Albans City looking to unleash killer instinct ahead of Wealdstone visit

PUBLISHED: 06:30 13 November 2015

Louie Theophanous drives into the Grimsby half during Saints' FA Cup tie. Photo: LEIGH PAGE

Louie Theophanous drives into the Grimsby half during Saints' FA Cup tie. Photo: LEIGH PAGE

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St Albans City head into this weekend's game with Wealdstone knowing that they must start to climb the Vanarama National League South.

John Kyriacou has signed dual-registration forms with Cambridge City. Picture: Bob WalkleyJohn Kyriacou has signed dual-registration forms with Cambridge City. Picture: Bob Walkley

And joint-manager Jimmy Gray believes they need to be more prolific up-front.

He said: “I thought at times at Grimsby we moved the ball quite nicely but again we’re lacking a killer instict.

“[Louie] Theophanous has scored again but there wasn’t too much in and around that. We’re lacking goals and creativity in and around the final third and it is a bit disappointing for us.

“There’s plenty to work on and Wealdstone is not going to be easy, they’re on a decent run.

“We’re finding it tough. The league doesn’t lie and we are where we are but it’s difficult to match teams in our league.”

Gray also thinks it could be time to turn to youth.

“Finances are tough. We’re not blessed with masses of money and players with experience that score goals are very expensive at any level,” he said.

“It’s going to be difficult and maybe we have to unearth some younger talent.

“But I’m not going to go over-the-top, I’ve got some good players.

“There’s plenty to look at and it’s our job to get it right.”

Wealdstone, like St Albans, suffered a first round exit from the FA Cup on Saturday losing 6-2 to League One side Colchester United.

However the Middlesex side led 2-1 just before half-time and City should be wary.

Wealdstone sit 17th, four places and five points ahead of Saints.

They are undefeated in the last seven league games and in their last National South outing they saw off leaders Ebbsfleet United.

Right back John Kyriacou has signed dual-registration forms with Southern Premier Division side Cambridge City.

The 28-year-old made his debut in the Red Insure Cup at St Neots on Tuesday night, converting the third spot-kick as Cambridge won 3-2 on penalties.

He was on the bench as St Albans went out of the FA Cup at Blundell Park last Saturday and because of the terms of the agreement, will remain available for selection at Clarence Park.

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