Confidence is king in football as it is in life and Tom Bender says getting that back will help St Albans City climb up the National League South table.

Saints remain rooted to the foot of the table but there was enough in the second-half performance in the 1-1 draw with Chelmsford to suggest the good times could return soon enough.

And while the long-serving defender said there hasn’t been a crisis meeting between the squad, he is convinced that belief in themselves has been the main reason for this season’s woes.

He said: “There have been times where little things haven’t gone our way and just like winning is a habit, losing is a habit.

“Some people’s confidence can go and that can spread through the team and we need everyone to want the ball.”

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