“We’ll go there where another three points are up for grabs. Whether it means more for them to beat me or more to me to beat them, I just want our boys to go and show what they today and we should be OK.”
The Iron’s tenure in the Vanarama National League means that the original Essex Derby has failed to take place in the League since February 2011, however last term the two sides met in the BBC Essex Senior Cup Quarter-Finals at the Melbourne Community Stadium.
Having been relegated from Non League’s top-flight last season the Iron will be keen to return at the first attempt, however it is clear how competitive this season’s League will be as Chelmsford City, Braintree Town and three other sides sat joint-top on Christmas Day.
Brad Quinton’s side sit below the Clarets only on goal-difference. The Iron have scored the second most amount of goals in the League this season (43) however Rod Stringer’s Clarets have the best defensive record in the League having conceded only seventeen times.
On Saturday the Iron travelled to top side Dartford looking to break clear at the top of the table, but our Essex neighbours were forced to come from 1-0 behind to draw at Princes Park. Meanwhile the Clarets moved joint-top of the League with a resounding and comfortable 4-1 victory over play-off chasing Welling United.
Rod Stringer will be boosted by the potential return of Lee Barnard and Jonny Giles, with both contending for places within the matchday squad. Scott Davies remains in contention for the squad despite being substituted in the second half following a knock.
The Iron will be boosted by the recent return of Jonathan Muleba and Luke Allen, both came back from injury and featured against Dartford on Saturday.
View from the Camp:
Speaking to ClaretsTV after Saturday’s 4-1 win over Welling United, City boss Rod Stringer said:
“We’ll go there where another three points are up for grabs. Whether it means more for them to beat me or more to me to beat them, I just want our boys to go and show what they today and we should be OK.
“As far as I am concerned I like Braintree as a club. I was over there the other week watching a game and they are a decent side. They are not up there because they have been lucky.
“Brad is a good lad, he is an honest man and knows what he wants to get out of his teams and he will get them set-up to be difficult against us. This will give us a great bounce, I’m hoping that we can continue this onto Tuesday.
“Christmas is a funny old time. A lot of it boils down to how the players look after themselves because there is a lot of eating to be done, sweets and drink. I’m not going there to argue with Braintree as I still get on with a lot of people there but they know that my team will come to try and win the game and I hope that is what we will do.”
Important supporter information:
Tuesday’s visit to Cressing Road will be segregated. Chelmsford City supporters must enter the ground via turnstiles 7 and 8. The car park at Cressing Road will be closed 30 minutes prior to kick-off following advice from Essex Police, those wishing to use the car park will pay a flat rate of £2.
Supporters will not be allowed access to the Clubhouse at Cressing Road, Braintree Town Football Club have suggested visiting The Pub which is 500 yards from the Ground.
Admission prices are as follows for Saturday’s match at Cressing Road:
Adults £14, Concessions £10, Under 18s £5.
Social Media Coverage
Updated 12:24 - 25 Dec 2017 by Matt Lee
Chelmsford City will provide live minute-by-minute coverage of the game on Twitter (@OfficialClarets, #BRAvCHE) 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.