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Braintree Town Preview (League): Clarets hope to start 2018 with a win

5 months ago By Matt Lee

Chelmsford City aim to kick-off 2018 with a win as when Braintree Town travel to the Melbourne Community Stadium on New Year’s Day (3pm).

“To me it’s half-time, if we can get a win at our place then that will be fantastic but we have to make sure we do not drop points at home.” Rod Stringer

The Clarets travelled to Cressing Road stadium on Tuesday for the first Essex Derby since the Iron won the Conference South in 2011, however Bradley Quinton’s side came from behind twice to salvage a point at home.

Michael Spillane’s stunning volley on six minutes gave the visitors the lead however former City striker Phil Roberts equalised four minutes later. Kudus Oyenuga stepped up to score from the penalty spot after being fouled in the second half, but Marcel Barrington rose off the bench to grab a point from the jaws of death.

Rod Stringer’s men will be keen to see a large following of Chelmsford supporters at the Melbourne Community Stadium after 455 travelled to Cressing Road, with hopes of another 1000+ attendance high.

Team news

Lee Barnard returned from injury to come off the substitutes bench at Braintree Town, however Matt Johnson was forced off late in the first half due to a knock to his calf.

View from the Camp:

Speaking to ClaretsTV following the 2-2 draw, City boss Rod Stringer said:

“At 2-1 I’m looking at the minutes ticking over and I thought we would get over the line, but this is how the League is - everyone can beat everybody - everybody at the top is as good as one another and the ones at the bottom are not far off the ones at the top.

“It’s a tough division.

“A real credit to the supporters, they were excellent. I’m more gutted that I could not give them the win, they have not won here since they got promoted and it would have been nice to bring the supporters back here and gave them that to go away with.

“Being segregated I thought they were amazing. The players do really respect everything they have done for them and they were disappointed that we could not get over the line.

“To me it’s half-time, if we can get a win at our place then that will be fantastic but we have to make sure we do not drop points at home.”

Meanwhile, Iron boss Bradley Quinton said the two sides were evenly poised ahead of their New Year’s Day meeting.

Speaking to the Braintree & Witham Times, he said: “The positivity of how we finished, how we played, the substitutions we made will have put us in good stead.

“We just had one thing in mind - that was to get something from the game of football. I’m pleased with how it finished and I’m buzzing now for next week and the game at Chelmsford.

“I think it’s set itself up for more of the same at Chelmsford.

“We know what these games are all about and it will be the same at Melbourne Park.”

Admission

Admission prices are as follows for Monday’s match at the Melbourne Community Stadium:

Adults £13, Concessions £9, Young Adults (aged 12 to 17) £5, Under 11s Free.

Social Media Coverage
Chelmsford City will provide live minute-by-minute coverage of the game on Twitter (@OfficialClarets, #CHEvBRA) as well as live audio commentary on Radio Clarets. Post-match reports, highlights and interviews will be found on the Club Website and ClaretsTV following the match.

Updated 15:52 - 31 Dec 2017 by Matt Lee

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