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Oxford City Preview: Clarets return to League action on Armistice Day

4 weeks ago By Matt Lee

Chelmsford City return to Vanarama National League South action this afternoon as Oxford City visit the Melbourne Community Stadium.

“Getting to the First Round Proper is a decent achievement for a club at our level but I’ve always said that the competition is not our Cup Final, getting out of this division is.” Rod Stringer

Last weekend the Clarets were knocked out the Emirates FA Cup with a two-nil defeat to Gateshead in the First Round Proper. Goals from Jordan Burrow and Danny Johnson were enough to prevent Chelmsford from progressing any further in the prestigious competition.

Oxford City, meanwhile, played out one of the biggest upsets of the Round as they won 1-0 at English Football League One side Colchester United.

But the defeat allows Rod Stringer’s side to turn their attention to the Vanarama National League, where they sit sixth - three points behind leaders Dartford - but with a game in hand.

City’s last outing in the League was a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Chippenham Town. Having been 2-0 down at half-time, Chris Dickson levelled with two minutes to go but a lapse in concentration allowed the hosts to sneak a late winner to retain all three points.

Oxford City currently find themselves second from bottom in the League table and have failed to win in their past eleven League fixtures, a spell that runs back to their 2-0 win over Hungerford in August. During their win drought, City were drummed by a 7-1 scoreline at Dartford.

Team news

Oxford City make the short trip to the Melbourne Community Stadium with a number of selection issues. Miles Welch-Hayes has returned to Bath City while City boss Mark Jones confirmed midweek that Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain would be returning to Marsh Lane on-loan until January. Reece Fleet remains unavailable for Saturday with a knee injury, whereas Christian Navarro could feature on Saturday afternoon.

City boss Rod Stringer has had his squad boosted by the return of a number of players. Lee Barnard returned from a slight neck injury to play against Gateshead last weekend, while Scott Davies and Kudus Oyenuga return to the squad following suspensions.

View from the Camp:

Speaking after Oxford City were drawn away to Notts County in the Emirates FA Cup Second Round Proper, City boss Mark Jones said:

“The draw on Monday night could have been a lot worse for us, Notts County is a really good place for us to go and play, so we’ll look forward to that in a couple of weeks time, but we must now focus on the league.

“We’ve got three big league games and an FA Trophy game before we can focus on the FA Cup again, so we want to try and keep up the momentum from Saturday and the confidence to put in some really good league performances and some important wins."

In the other camp, Chelmsford boss Rod Stringer labelled tomorrow’s match as important in terms of reacting to last weekend’s Cup exit.

“I was pleased with the lads’ performance and they went toe-to-toe with Gateshead all the way. If a couple of the chances that fell our way had been taken, we could have been looking at a replay here at the Melbourne Community Stadium. But we learn from it and move on.”

“Getting to the First Round Proper is a decent achievement for a club at our level but I’ve always said that the competition is not our Cup Final, getting out of this division is.”

Admission

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.

All members of the British Armed Forces will receive free admission to today’s match, please note services identification must be produced for security purposes.

Community Initiative:

The Clarets are proud to be welcoming two local primary schools to this afternoon’s match. The Club hopes Bishops Primary School and Boreham Primary School both enjoy the game. Chelmsford City Football Club will also be welcoming Writtle Minors U10s to the game today.

Social Media Coverage
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.

Updated 08:03 - 11 Nov 2017 by Matt Lee

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