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Saints targeting financial boost with FA Cup victory
St Albans City joint manager Graham Golds insists their FA Cup third qualifying round tie against Tonbridge Angels this Saturday is “massive financially” for the club.
The Saints can move one step closer to the first round if they can topple their Conference South opponents this weekend with £7,500 up for grabs to the winner.
Golds, whose side travel to Bedford Town in the league tonight, said: “The FA Cup is massive financially for the club with £7,500 going to the winners. We want to kick on and try to get a result against them. We will go into the game with confidence.”
Tonbridge have struggled this season in the league and Golds believes the Saints have enough players with Conference South experience to bridge the divisional gap.
He said: “When you look through the squad we have players who have been at that level before like Ben Martin and Ram Marwa. I think if we can perform and apply ourselves them we will cause them problems.
“James [Gray] has watched them and they are a big, strong side. But if we can match them physically then we know we’ve got the quality to unlock them. We just need to make sure we’re in the game when it opens up.”
The Saints were in rampant form on Saturday as they thrashed hosts Truro City 7-3. It was the highest away tally for St Albans in 27 years and set a club record after seven different players got on the scoresheet.
Golds said: “We were pleased with the performance and to have seven goals and seven different scorers was amazing in itself.
“We started the game really well which is what we’ve been struggling to do in previous games.
“Our finishing on the day was outstanding and we played some good football. We won the first half 3-0 and even after they scored three times in the second half we still won it 4-3.
“We are starting to score more goals which is encouraging. There were some great goals and Elliot Bailey took his outstandingly well.”
The Saints boss added: “We brought John Frendo in this summer but you can’t just can’t rely on one player for goals because they could be suspended or injured. We are scoring from all over the park which is a real positive.
“It was a bizarre game because they took all their chances and we scored from all of our attacks. I thought in the first 20 minutes we controlled the game and the first-half performance was outstanding.
“In the second half they came back into it and we had to weather a bit of pressure. But to go away and score seven we have to be happy with that.”
The Saints got off to a superb start as Chris Watters fired the visitors in front. James Kaloczi marked his return to the side by netting his first goal for the club. Darren Locke also got on the scoresheet for the first time as a Saints player to put them in control.
But two second-half goals from Truro brought them back into the game before St Albans wrapped up the win. A stunning strike from Lee Chappell restored their cushion before Bailey added the fifth with a composed finish.
Truro found the net again before Chris Henry and Frendo rounded off an extraordinary afternoon of football.
Golds said: “We got what we were looking for. We said to the players that it was a long six hour journey back from Truro and it would feel even longer if we didn’t get the three points. So that was essentially our team talk to them.”
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