“It’s tough competition here, only the strong survive and I’ve said that from day one. ”
The Clarets failed to record a League win throughout September but progressed to the Fourth Qualifying Round of the Emirates FA Cup, where they will travel to Bath City, after defeating Weymouth Town 2-1 last weekend.
Chris Dickson continued his goalscoring form in the prestigious competition by netting from the spot just before the hour-mark, the experienced striker displayed his ability 22 minutes later by curling a sublime shot in from 25-yards out. Harry Baker scored a late consolation goal for the visitors but it was too little too late for the lower league opposition.
It was a different story for Jamie Howell’s Borough side, however, as they exited the Emirates FA Cup with a 2-0 defeat to Bognor Regis Town.
The Sports’ have lost three times in the League so far - to Braintree Town, Havant & Waterlooville and Dartford - but the Sussex pioneered their way up the table in recent matches thanks to an improved run of form with five wins and four draws to their name.
Chelmsford are currently undergoing a slump in results compared to their Cup form. Rod Stringer’s side have failed to win in the League throughout September - drawing four times and losing once - however they remain just three points behind early League leaders Truro City.
The Clarets could see Elliott Omozusi return to action however Shaun Batt remains unavailable, meanwhile Ashley Miller and Lee Barnard confirmed their return from injury as they made substitute appearances in the Emirates FA Cup last weekend. Max Porter remains available for selection after a long-awaited return from injury.
View from the Camp:
“There are no easy games in this division,” said City boss Rod Stringer ahead of the game. “We’ve just got keep working hard.
“Once we get some of the players really up to peak fitness, a lot of the injuries are cleaning up now, we’ll have a headache. It’s tough competition here, only the strong survive and I’ve said that from day one.
“If we can just get that cutting edge right then I think we’ll be really good this year but I’m not going to say the concerns are not there as we do need to score when we are on top.”
Admission prices are as follows for Saturday’s match at the Melbourne Community Stadium:
Adults £13, Concessions £9, 12-17 year-olds £5, Under 11s Free.
Social Media Coverage
Updated 09:30 - 6 Oct 2017 by Matt Lee
Chelmsford City will provide live minute-by-minute coverage of the game on Twitter (@OfficialClarets, #CHEvEAS) 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.