Ian Allinson is eager to get one over his old employers when St Albans City take on Boreham Wood in the FA Cup on Saturday.

The Saints host their National League opponents at Clarence Park with a place in the first round proper up for grabs for the winner.

Having managed the Wood on two separate occasions, most recently between 2008-2015, Allinson knows better than most the quality City face.

He hopes filling the role of underdogs will suit his side as they look to advance in football’s oldest club knockout competition.

“They are a very, very good team and it is going to be a tough, tough game. It is a game that I am going to enjoy and relish trying to knock them out of the FA Cup,” Allinson said.

“It is great to go into the game with no pressure on it. If you look back to the Cambridge City game, they were underdogs and we had everything to lose.

“Against Boreham Wood, we are the underdogs and they are a team from the conference who are a very good side.”

While Allinson accepts Wood will fancy their chances of leaving St Albans as winners, he insists his side will do all they can to seal a famous victory.

“We have got to plan and prepare and we will leave no stone unturned in doing so,” he said.

“We will approach it professionally and we will have to see how we do on the day.

“They only need one or two players not to turn up and then we have half a chance if every single one of my players turn up and play to their maximum.”

City head into the game in confident mood after a 2-0 win over Bath City saw them move joint-top of the National League South on Saturday.

Against a side boasting a record of seven games on the spin without defeat, City were in command and came through early pressure to control proceedings.

A keenly contested first half looked to be ending goalless before a well-worked move allowed Rhys Murrell-Williamson to break the lead on 45 minutes.

Smart play on the edge of the box allowed City to send the winger clear and he bent a left-footed shot into the bottom corner.

Bath started the second half with renewed impetus and were close to levelling the scores on a number of occasions, most notably when a free-kick forced Dean Snedeker into a fine low stop.

The next goal was always likely to be decisive and it was City who managed to grab it through Charlie Walker on the hour.

They were in many ways gifted the goal as a routine ball forward skipped towards the left byline.

However, the Bath defender dwelt on the ball and allowed a simple pass across the face of goal to find Walker who tapped into an empty net.

The victory, which leaves the Saints second to Braintree Town on goal difference alone, pleased Allinson who praised a fine display from his side.

“We were more than comfortable after the first five or 10 minutes and controlled the game for long periods,” he said.

“The first goal was fantastic and we have had 14 or 15 passes before scoring.

“We have shown a lot of resolve today and shown how to defend and counter attack.”