The League’s top two sides meet in an early encounter at Melbourne Community Stadium as both sides look to maintain their 100% winning record.
Ian Allinson’s St Albans City side make the short trip down to Essex as the Saints aim to continue their fine start to the League against Rod Stringer’s Chelmsford.
But, after impressive wins at Welling United and Bath City, the Clarets will be no pushover as they look to continue their own 100% winning start in the League.
The Saints opened their League campaign with a 3-2 win at Oxford City before defeating Wealdstone 2-1 at Clarence Park. More recently, however, a 3-1 victory against Weston-super-Mare saw the Saints rise to the top of the League, above the Clarets on goals scored.
The two sides have history of having entertaining matches following the events of last season. The Clarets’ 3-1 defeat at Clarence Park last term was left marred by multiple controversial decisions that saw City denied two goals, while at the return fixture in Chelmsford the Clarets were left ruing missed chances as Louie Theophanous scored an 83rd-minute equaliser.
Rod Stringer is expected to name an unchanged team for the fourth consecutive match, however the City boss will have plenty to ponder after Lee Barnard’s impressive performances from the bench have led to goals for the Clarets in the last two matches.
The Clarets may make changes, however, as Stringer revealed that there were a few knocks taken in the 2-1 win at Bath City on Saturday.
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Speaking in the lead-up to the game, Stringer said: “St Albans will be organised tonight. They have a lot of players who could hurt us on the counter but we know Ian Allinson’s team.
“We like to think that the Melbourne Community Stadium is a fortress and I’m sure tonight will be a great game. We want to get one over them after this time last year when we did not get the result we deserved at their ground. I’ve got no fear with the squad that I’ve got.”