Strap yourself in, it’s going to be a bumpy ride is manager Ian Allinson’s warning for fans and players of St Albans City as they prepare for the two biggest games of their season.

A 2-1 defeat to Dartford on Saturday kept them second from bottom in the National League South and in the relegation places with eight games to go.

It is still incredibly tight at the bottom, with six other teams within three points of City, but the next two matches are against the two sides directly above them.

That sequence starts with a trip to Braintree Town on Saturday and Allinson knows, with time running out, that all the players are going to have to stand up and be counted.

He said: “We’ve got to be looking to get something from every game we’ve got left.

“We’ve got four games at home where we have to target maximum points. That will be difficult as our home form hasn’t been great.”

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