Preview: Tudors raring to go for action-packed bank holiday weekend

Jamie Slabber was the match-winner for Hemel Town against Concord Rangers. Picture (c) Terry Rickeard

Jamie Slabber was the match-winner for Hemel Town against Concord Rangers. Picture (c) Terry Rickeard

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Hemel Town FC are gearing up for a busy bank holiday weekend as they prepare to host Maidenhead United on Saturday, before travelling to local rivals St Albans City on Monday.

The Tudors go into the weekend on the back of four wins from their opening five National League South fixtures of the campaign – including a thumping 3-0 victory over Concord Rangers in their latest outing.

Jamie Slabber was the match-winner for Hemel Town against Concord Rangers. Picture (c) Terry Rickeard

Jamie Slabber was the match-winner for Hemel Town against Concord Rangers. Picture (c) Terry Rickeard

Maidenhead, on the other hand, are winless in their last three matches after triumphing in both of their opening two league fixtures, while St Albans are struggling with just one point from five games.

The Tudors go into both matches as favourites, but Hemel manager Dean Brennan knows that his side will need to be on top of their game if they are to pick up maximum points.

“Maidenhead are a very well-drilled team and are very well-organised,” said Brennan. “They all know their roles within the team and their organisation is superb.

“They are a physical, hard-working team so we will have to be at our best if we are going to beat them on Saturday.”

All in all it’s going to be a fantastic week for us with two different tests, so we are really looking forward to the games.

Hemel Town FC manager Dean Brennan

Looking ahead at the clash with fierce rivals St Albans, Brennan continued: “It’s the derby on Monday and anything can happen in a derby.

“All in all it’s going to be a fantastic week for us with two different tests, so we are really looking forward to the games.”

Despite their flying start, Hemel have been struggling with injuries in the first few games of the season, and Brennan confirmed that four players will miss Saturday’s game.

“It’s probably too early for Frendo or Asafu-Adjaye to come back, but what we will do is organise a practice game in the next few weeks so that they can get some match time,” he said.

“Mo Shariff is probably about another week away, and Michael Richens is banned but everyone else is OK – things are looking bright.”