St Albans put perfect start on line in tough Bank Holiday weekend double

St Albans Zane Banton leaves the Poole defence in a spin (pic Leigh Page)

St Albans Zane Banton leaves the Poole defence in a spin (pic Leigh Page) - Credit: Archant

St Albans City will put their 100 per cent record on the line when they host Concord Rangers in National League South on Saturday.

Saints made it five wins from five with a 1-0 success at Poole Town at the weekend, but manager Ian Allinson knows they face a tough test over the Bank Holiday weekend, with a trip to Braintree to follow on Monday.

He said: “There are very small margins and we’ve got five tough games coming up now. You look at it and think let’s try and win as many as we can, but you see the spell we went through last year, I never expected us to go 10 games without winning a game.

“That’s football, we’ll take it and I’ll enjoy it while it’s there, but we know Concord at home and Braintree away is going to be really, really tough and if we’re not on our games we will get punished.”

Rhys Murrell-Williamson’s third goal in three games was enough to bank the points at Poole, but Allinson was left to sweat a little bit in the second half.

“I’m pleased, the players have been excellent and we’ve kept clean sheets and created chances,” he added.

“We should have put the game to bed long before the final whistle, we’ve hung on, picked the three points up and lets take it into the weekend.”

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Saints were grateful for a clear midweek spell to clear up a few slight injuries and give players a chance to rest after a busy start to the new campaign.

And Allinson has done his homework on this weekend’s opposition, adding: “From the first day back on July 1, we’ve not stopped in terms of training, playing, training, playing and we’ve just had our fifth game in 14 days and go into the weekend where we’ve got another two games in three days.

“We’ve had them both watched this season and both are playing very, very well. Concord at Wealdstone, after the first 25 minutes they bossed it in the second half, and Braintree at East Thurrock, they were an excellent side and I was shocked how well they actually played, they should have come away with a victory and got undone by some defensive frailties late on.

“But they’ve gone and won again at Hampton so both are going to be tough games. If we’re not on our toes and not right and don’t prepare properly we will struggle to pick up any points.”