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Gateshead Preview: Clarets make long trip north

9 months ago By Matt Lee

Chelmsford City aim to reach the Emirates FA Cup Second Round when they travel to Gateshead on Saturday (3pm).

“This club has had some great times in the FA Cup over the years. The fans love the competition and we are desperate to bring more success to the club.” Rod Stringer

The Clarets confirmed their spot in the First Round Proper with a 1-0 win over Bath City in a replay at the Melbourne Community Stadium after drawing 0-0 in Somerset.

Mike West’s strike, midway through the first half, ensured City’s progression to the First Round for the first time in five years.

Chelmsford’s last outing saw the Clarets come from two-nil behind to beat AFC Hornchurch 3-2 in the BBC Essex Senior Cup, while three days earlier Rod Stringer’s side were beaten 3-2 by a 89th minute after coming from 2-0 behind at Chippenham Town in the Vanarama National League South.

Team News:

City boss Rod Stringer has a full squad to choose from for the trip to Gateshead, while Jonny Giles and Anthony Church remain sidelined due to knee injuries.

The hosts have a full squad apart from defender Jamal Fyfield who remains out due to injury.

View from the two camps:

Gateshead boss Steve Watson stated he is weary of the Clarets’ threat, but is confident that his Vanarama National League side will overcome the challenge.

“They are a good side, we have done our homework.

“Your home form is key and away results are a bit of a bonus,” said said Watson. “There are enough games in this decision without taking the game to a replay.

“We want to win the game on Saturday but they will be saying the same thing.

“It is a competition that the North East embraces.”

Stringer also had plenty to say ahead of the trip North, speaking to The National League prior to departure on Friday.

“Gateshead will be thinking exactly the same thing as us, it’s all about getting through to the next round.

“This club has had some great times in the FA Cup over the years. The fans love the competition and we are desperate to bring more success to the club.

“As a manager it’s something you want to have to on your CV, the players the same. We will travel there with a chance if we play like I know we can.”

Social Media Coverage:

You can follow live uninterrupted audio coverage of the Clarets’ match on Radio Clarets, listen in from 2.45pm for full match coverage. There will also be live minute-by-minute text updates on the Club’s Twitter account (@OfficialClarets), as well as behind-the-scenes footage on the Club’s Instagram account (@chelmsfordcityfc). We’ll have match highlights and post-match interviews on YouTube (ClaretsTV) following the game.

Updated 06:14 - 4 Nov 2017 by Matt Lee

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