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Hungerford Preview: Clarets return to League action at home

11 months ago By Matt Lee

Chelmsford City return to Vanarama National League South action tomorrow (3pm) as Hungerford Town visit the Melbourne Community Stadium.

“We just need to get some wins under our belt, score some goals and keep some clean sheets and we’ll start climbing the League again. ” Rod Stringer

The Clarets were knocked out of the Buildbase FA Trophy with a 2-1 home replay defeat and City boss Rod Stringer will be hoping to bounce back immediately by earning three points in the League against Hungerford.

Chelmsford were the first to score on Wednesday night, with Mike West diverting home Chris Dickson’s drilled cross. However two yellow cards in four minutes for Craig Braham-Barrett saw the hosts down to ten-men and the visitors levelled from the spot following the wing-back’s dismissal.

Then, nine minutes into the second half, Abobaker Eisa controlled well from Daniel Green’s header before poking past Sam Beasant. Chelmsford City tried to get a late equaliser but their efforts were not rewarded as the Clarets were knocked out the Buildbase FA Trophy.

Tomorrow’s opponents were also knocked out of the Buildbase FA Trophy, falling to a 2-0 home defeat to Billericay Town.

On paper the Clarets are favourites to win, with the Crusaders having won just once in the League since August 23rd, a 3-0 win at struggling Whitehawk. However the Berkshire-based side will not be an easy win for City, with Rod Stringer missing a number of players due to suspension and injury.

Team news

Michael Spillane could return to the squad after serving his one-game suspension.

Lee Barnard is a doubt for the fixture, having not featured since the 0-2 away win at Whitehawk, while Elliot Omozusi is another doubt due to injury. Recent loan signing Bagasan Graham is in contention for a place in the team following his temporary return to the Clarets.

Joint-manager Jon Boardman wishes to travel to Chelmsford tomorrow however he may be restricted through injury, having recently been referred for surgery on a groin issue. The Crusaders also face a number of other injuries however the Birkshire-based side signed defender Matt Williams last night.

View from the City Camp:

Speaking following Wednesday’s exit in the Buildbase FA Trophy, City boss Rod Stringer hoped that his side would bounce-back in the League tomorrow.

“We are really depleted,” Stringer said. “We’ve got lots of injuries, suspensions and illnesses that I’m barely putting a team out.

“We just need to get some wins under our belt, score some goals and keep some clean sheets and we’ll start climbing the League again.

“We’ve got a reasonable sized squad here but everything is being pushed to the limit.

“We have to look where we are numbers wise, see who is fit and go again on Saturday.


Admission prices are as follows for Saturday’s match at the Melbourne Community Stadium.

Adult- £13, Concessions (Age 65 & Students) – £9.00, Young Adults (Age 12 to 17) – £5.00, Children (11 & under) FREE, Family (Two adults and two children) – £25.00


Parking at the Melbourne Community Stadium is at a first come first served basis. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Parking is available in the surrounding roads however Chelmsford City Football Club asks supporters consider our neighbours when parking away from the Melbourne Community Stadium.

Social Media Coverage
Chelmsford City will provide live minute-by-minute coverage of the game at the Melbourne Community Stadium on Twitter (@OfficialClarets) as well as live audio commentary on Radio Clarets. A match report, highlights and interviews will be found on the Club Website and ClaretsTV following the match.

Updated 09:31 - 2 Dec 2017 by Matt Lee

Where next?

Goalden Goals and Half-time Draw Winners: Saturday 2nd December 2017 THE CLARETS confirm winners of half-time draw and Goalden goals for Hungerford Game
Clarets Bag experienced winger Chelmsford City can confirm the loan signing of Bagasan Graham from Ebbsfleet United.


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