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Saints boss James Gray expects side to get better during season
St Albans City joint manager James Gray believes the team will only improve over the course of the season.
The Saints have struggled for consistency in the opening weeks of the season but four points from their last two games means they are only one win off top spot.
Gray said: “We have picked up ten points from 18 without playing anywhere near our best. With the squad we’ve got I can only see us getting better.
“We need to get our best players on the pitch but we will need to improve.”
The Saints earned a 1-1 draw at Hitchin Town in the Southern Premier Division on Monday night.
John Frendo netted his first league goal for the Saints against his former club before Hitchin grabbed an equaliser.
Gray believes the goal was the least last year’s top scorer in the league deserved and expects their summer signing to flourish over the rest of the season.
The Saints boss said: “He has a lot of pressure on him this season and all the teams are trying to stop him scoring goals by double marking him.
“We have not been able to get support up there for him so far but I thought he did a great job. We were really pleased with his overall performance and hopefully he can go on a great run.”
Gray insists the point was progress for City after losing their previous away matches.
He said: “We have picked up a point away from home so that is progress, albeit only a little progress.
“We had to dig in against a good side so it was a decent point for us.”
The Saints left it late on Saturday as they snatched a 1-0 home win over Corby Town.
Chris Henry came off the bench and again proved the match winner as he netted an 88th minute goal.
There is a St Albans City team and supporters’ coach going to AFC Totton for the away game this Saturday. The coach will depart at 10.30am from the Clarence Park entrance to the ground.
Since the coach has only a limited number of seats available, anyone going should book as early as possible. To reserve a £15 seat, call Ian Rogers on 07714 145862.
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