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St Albans City boss Graham Golds believes signings can provide balance in midfield
9:40am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in Local Sport
St Albans City joint manager Graham Golds believes the club’s recent signings can help them “win the battle” in midfield and fire them up the league table.
The Saints, who are 11th, have yet to find their best form in the Calor Premier Division and Golds feels the team have not had the right balance in midfield. But the return of Ram Marwa from Ebbsfleet United, six years after his last spell with the club, and the arrival of Leyton Orient youngster Harrison Georgiou on loan are expected to strengthen their quality in this position.
Speaking after their 2-0 win over Billericay Town, Golds said: “Ram picks up a lot of second balls and that is why we brought him in. It allows James Comley to play higher up the field.
“Ram has got experience but his positional sense is outstanding. He was in the right position to pick the ball up and get us going. He made a big difference and hopefully we can build on that now.
“Harrison played us in pre-season and he ran the show. He has great technical ability, is clever and a dangerous player. It obviously depends on our results and other players but I can definitely see him playing a part for us.”
Golds added: “We always look like scoring goals and the back four seems to be working better now so we just need to get it right in the middle.
“The middle of the park is such an important area and hopefully with Ram coming in we will be able to kick on. If you win the battle in the midfield you will probably win the game.
“We need to win the battle and we have not had it quite right yet. But with the new additions hopefully that will help us. We just need to put a few wins together and get a run going in the league.”
The Saints secured a home third qualifying round FA Cup tie against either Tonbridge Angels or Hayes and Yeading United after their weekend win over Billericay.
Mark Nwokeji opened the scoring with his fourth goal in the competition this season before John Frendo's free-kick sealed the victory.
“Billericay are quite a solid outfit with big lads in their team,” Golds said. “We got at their left-back for the first goal because we knew that they were vulnerable from wide areas. It is nice that we were able to capitalise on it for the opening goal. It was pleasing we were able to exploit what we had seen in the build-up.
“They still caused us problems because they were a threat from set-pieces but we dealt with what they had to offer. It was a pleasing performance and keeping the clean sheet was also a bonus.”
The Saints will start as underdogs against their Conference South opponents on Saturday, October 12 but their manager believes the hosts can prove more than a match for them.
Golds said: “It is a big game for us with all the prize money at stake. Potentially it could have been an easier draw for us but we're happy to be at home and we will fancy our chances against anyone. It could have been a team from the same level or lower but in the cup anything can happen. We will go into the game confident with the crowd behind us.
“We have a lot of lads who have played at that level before so we should be able to compete. We need to perform at our best and then we’ll be a match for them.”
St Albans resume action in the league this weekend when they make the long trip to Truro City on Saturday and the Saints boss hopes their cup win can spark a decent run in the league.
Golds said: “Now we just need to kick on and get on a little run starting at Truro. We will take confidence from the performance and result last weekend.
“Truro are struggling a little bit so far. We don't know too much about them, because they are so far away, but we need to go down there and take the game to them. If we can hit the levels I know we’re capable of then we will be a hard team to hold. We haven’t really found our levels but it is starting to come together.”
Meanwhile, St Albans City are holding a fans’ forum at 7.45pm in the Saints Bar on Thursday, October 10. The event is open to all supporters and you can submit a question to the owners or managers by contacting Ian Rogers via email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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