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Kick off 15:00 (UK)

27 July 2019 Venue Clarence Park Attendance

Kick off 15:00 (UK)

St Albans City
1 - 0
Barnet Football Club

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Match Previews

Preview: St Albans City (A) - Pre-Season Friendly

27 July 2019

The Bees conclude their pre-season schedule with a visit to National League South side St Albans City this afternoon.

Darren Currie’s side go into the game off the back of a 3-2 defeat to an Arsenal XI on Wednesday night.

A first half hat-trick from Folarin Balogun gave the Gunners a three-goal advantage going into the break before Jack Barham and Charlee Adams pulled two back for the hosts in the second period.

A Look at the Opposition:

The Saints, who were formed in 1908, finished last season ninth in the National League South, six points off the top six.

After just missing out on the play-offs, the Saints will be looking to return to the National League next season for the first time since 2007.

St Albans faced the drop that year before slipping further down the ladder four years later, entering the Southern League Premier Division.

However, things soon began to look brighter and after beating Chesham United in the 2013-14 play-off final, they were back in the National League South.

St Albans finished 13th in their first season back and have stayed in the division ever since with promotion firmly in their sight.

The Bees will be travelling to Clarence Park this afternoon, a ground that has been home to the Saints for over 100 years.

Manager: Ian Allinson

Ian Allinson took charge of St Albans during the 2015-16 season and went on to secure a 10th placed finish at the end of that campaign.

However, his next two seasons at the helm would see the Saints narrowly miss out on a play-off spot.

Allinson began his managerial career at Baldock Town in 1989 before moving on to Stotfold three years later.

A short spell at Corby Town followed before he was back in the Stotfold dug-out in 1994 in a tenure that stretched to four years.

He then had two spells in charge of Barton Rovers either side of a year at Harlow Town before clinching the Boreham Wood job in 2004.

However, he returned to Stotfold for the third time a year later, but he was back at the Wood in 2008 until 2015, his final move before joining St Albans.

During his second spell at Boreham Wood, he guided them to play-off glory in the Isthmian League in 2010 and then again in the Conference South in his final year.

As a player, Allinson began his career at Colchester United before making a move to Arsenal in 1983.

Four years later, he joined Stoke City before spending a year with Luton Town ahead of a return to Colchester in 1988.

He hung up his boots whilst at Baldock Town as a player-manager in 1989.

Last Time Out:

The last time these two sides met was in a pre-season friendly back in 2015 with Barnet winning 3-2 on that occasion.

Michael Gash opened the scoring for the Bees with only 10 minutes on the clock before Simon Thomas equalised for the hosts.

The game was then turned on its head when Michael Malcom gave the Saints a 2-1 lead going into half-time.

However, the Bees hit back and won the game after second half goals from Shaun Batt and Jack Taylor sealed the win.

For ticket details, click here.

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Match Reports

Match Report | St Albans 1-0 Barnet

27 July 2019

Barnet have ended pre-season in defeat; losing 1-0 at National League South side St Albans City. Darren Foxley grabbed the decisive goal in the early stages against a youthful Bees team which included a start for 16-year-old Academy player Ronnie Edwards.

The hosts broke the deadlock and subsequently won the game nine minutes in as Foxley capped off a slick passing move with a neat curled effort into the far corner.

As the Bees began clicking into life after a slow start, Dan Sparkes had two chances in as many minutes to level the scoring. The first he flicked straight into the gloves of St Albans goalkeeper Dean Snedker. The following attack saw him played through with the winger poking wide of the mark on this occasion.

St Albans were still in the hunt for another goal as Callum Reynolds deflected Bobson Bawilng’s cross onto the post, either side of wayward efforts from the edge of the area.

Darren Currie’s side looked much improved at the start of the second half as they went in search of an equaliser. Antonis Vasiliou teed up half-time substitute Mo Bettamer but the latter’s strike was parried away to safety by Snedker.

And after a strong Bees penalty claim was waved away, Joey Iaciofano was inches away from tapping home a low cross at the far post for the hosts.

On the 65th minute Sam Merson tried his luck from the edge of the box but the son of the former Arsenal striker saw his shot flash wide of the far post.

Iaciofano came close again 15 minutes from time for St Albans, while at the other end substitute Roy Syla’s header failed to trouble Snedker in the closing stages.

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Ticket News

Ticket Details: St Albans City

26 July 2019

The Bees make the trip to Clarence Park this Saturday as they play their final pre-season game ahead of the 2019/20 season against St Albans City. You can find ticket details for the clash, below.

Ticket Details are as follows:

Adults: £10

Concessions: £5

Junior (Under 16): £3

Under 12: Free

The stadium is only a short walk from the St Albans City railway station and bus terminal. Turn left out of St Albans City station into Station Way and cross Hatfield Road into Clarence Park. Follow the path round to the right of the ground until you reach the main entrance.

Parking is available around the ground on local streets but please check parking restrictions. St Albans City station is a 5-minute walk away which has a large car park costing £2.50 on Saturdays.

You can buy your tickets online or on the day via the ticket office.


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