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The Vanarama National League South

Preview: St Albans City

A look ahead to tomorrow afternoon’s game against St Albans City.


Next up for Slough Town is a return to Arbour Park with the aim to make it 21 games unbeaten at home against playoff hopefuls St Albans City, writes Freddie Gatrell.

St Albans have had a strong campaign overall, currently residing in 9th place and three points off the play-off places, on 63 points after 41 games played this season. Over those 41 matches, the Saints have a respectable record of 19 wins, 6 draws, and 16 losses. Despite their strong league position, the Hertfordshire-based outfit has had a difficult run in recent weeks, losing three of their last five games to Aveley, Braintree Town, and Truro City respectively. Their last two wins came against Weston-Super-Mare and the in-form Maidstone United at the beginning of March. This dip in form for the visitors may make tomorrow’s clash a fiery encounter, with both teams hoping to return to winning ways.

Our previous meeting against St. Albans back in October was a difficult clash with an Ibrahim Akanbi brace condemning the Rebels to a 3-2 loss, despite a second-half fightback thanks to goals from Josh Jackman and Daniel Bayliss.

After the departure of the previous manager, David Noble, to Wealdstone, Jon Meakes stepped into the managerial seat, subsequently taking over on a permanent basis at the end of February. Previously spending 12 years at Chesham United, Meakes has agreed a contract extending his stay at the Saints into next season, with aspirations of the playoffs still a firm aspiration for the remainder of the season.

The key man for the Saints will likely be Shaun Jeffers, who has proven to be prolific for St Albans all season, currently second in the top scorer table, with only Ollie Pearce scoring more. Jeffers has scored 25 league goals over the course of this campaign, with the 31-year-old’s last strike coming against Aveley from the penalty spot. In recent weeks, Jeffers has single-handedly won his side three points in a 2-0 victory over Weston-Super-Mare, with the forward netting both goals. Having joined the Saints back in the 2020-21 season he has proven to be a consistent goal-scorer, as he has throughout his entire career. Beginning his career with Coventry City progressing from the under 18 side to the first team, a period of loans and transfers saw him feature for the likes of Peterborough United, Cambridge United, Coventry City, and Yeovil Town. A forward with vast experience in the game, he will be the main threat for the visitors and will have to be closely marshalled throughout tomorrow’s clash to prevent him from improving his goal tally any further.

Tomorrow’s game will take place at Arbour Park at 3 pm on Easter Monday. For fans unable to make the match, live updates will be available on all club social media channels, as well as live radio commentary courtesy of Rebels Radio.


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