St Albans City could be on the verge of something special says Ian Allinson – but between now and then there needs to be some “soul searching”.

City fought back three times to claim a 3-3 draw at Chippenham Town, a result that ended a sequence of three Vanarama National League South defeats on the bounce.

Zane Banton, Tom Bender and Rhys Murrell-Williamson got the goals but it was the three conceded that vexed the Saints boss, with all three coming from set-pieces.

And if St Albans are going to make their mark this year in what is a very open division, he is looking for the players to “grow up”, starting with the visit of Bognor Regis Town to Clarence Park on Saturday

He said: “Bognor have come up and had a great start. They have a good side when they get a full side out and if we approach it in the wrong mind we’ll be on the end of a defeat.

“That’s the one thing we have to try and teach these players. Every single game has to be approached correctly and that’s my job.

“They have to get the mentality that they have to work hard, because if they do that they’ll win games.

“If we go out with the mentality that they can just attack from the start and don’t have to do the ugly side of the game, then we’ll be on the end of defeat after defeat.

“The quality will come through if we work hard.

“I keep saying I really believe in this team but we’ve got a lot of growing up to do and a lot of soul searching to do because though the quality is there, we’re just missing something to take us to the next level.”

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