PREVIEW: Weston-super-Mare travel to St Albans City in search of first win of the season

PUBLISHED: 14:59 11 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:53 11 August 2017

Clarence Park.

Clarence Park.

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Weston-super-Mare face a tough task away at St Albans City tomorrow (Saturday), having lost their opening two National League South matches under new manager Marc McGregor.

The Seagulls lost narrowly on the opening day to Poole Town, before they travelled to Hungerford Town, suffering a convincing 2-0 defeat.

It was not the start McGregor would have wanted, having taken over the reigns from departing boss Scott Bartlett, and Weston will be without their manager for the second match in a row, as he embarks on a coaching course in Holland.

The Seagulls’ form is a stark contrast to the one of their latest opponents, with the Saints having won their past two matches.

On the opening day, they defeated Oxford City 3-2 and on Tuesday night, they secured a 2-1 win at home to Wealdstone.

And it does not bode well for the Seagulls as the Saints have won five of the past six league matches between the two sides and were victorious in both matches last season.

Despite slipping to a 3-0 defeat on the penultimate day of last season, it was in fact Clarence Park where the Seagulls mathematically secured National League South safety after flirting with relegation.

The Saints have made a number of additions to their squad over the summer – much like Weston.

They have added Harold Joseph and Percy Kiangebeni from Enfield Town, as well as Layne Eadie from Harrow Borough to sure up their back line.

As well as this, they secured the permanent signing of talented midfielder Zane Banton, from League Two side Luton Town, after a successful loan spell last season.

They also added a goalkeeper from League Two side Cambridge City. Dean Snedker has played for England at under-19 level.

Manager Ian Allinson has been at the club since 2016 and is hoping his young squad will show their talent throughout the campaign.

As for Weston, they may still be without influential midfielder Jacob Cane who limped off injured in the opening match at The Woodspring Stadium.

But they have boosted their midfield with versatile loan signing Archie Collins, who joined the club ahead of Monday’s match.

There won’t be much time for the squad to rest as following the match on Saturday, the Seagulls then host Gloucester City on Tuesday night.

It will be the first match of the season under the floodlights for Weston and kick off will be at 7.45pm.

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