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PREVIEW: Eastbourne Borough (A)

By Chris Berry

Chelmsford City travel to East Sussex to take on Eastbourne Borough on Saturday 9th March (3pm KO)

“I think that we need to concentrate on ourselves. That's what we've been doing recently and we've been succeeding with it. ” Chris Whelpdale, Midfielder

City take on Eastbourne Borough at Priory Lane as they look to bounce back from Tuesday's postponement disappointment at Torquay United.

Referee, James Durkin, deemed Torquay's Plainmoor pitch unplayable during a 6:10pm pitch inspection, leaving both Club's having to rearrange the fixture for a second time.

In the reverse fixture between the two sides in November, the Clarets ran out 3-2 winners, thanks to goals from Scott Fenwick (2) and skipper, Anthony Church. City found themselves 3-1 up at half-time, however, Eastbourne could have nicked an unlikely draw after scoring again late on in the second half, but Chelmsford held on for all 3 points.

Chelmsford travel to Eastbourne in good form, but will look to get back to winning ways after two consecutive draws with Gloucester City and Concord Rangers.

Team News:

Defender, Joe Anderson (knee), is still doubtful for this weekend.

Midfielder, Tom Wraight (face), is back in contention after missing the game against Concord Rangers.

View from the Camp:

Manager, Rod Stringer, caught up with ClaretsTV this week:

"It'll be a tough game. It's always awkward down there with the 3G, although it's a decent pitch.

"The new Gaffer (Mark McGhee) has come in, he's very experienced and I should imagine he'll have them well organised.

"We're expecting that we're going to have to try and break them down. I think they'll probably try to counter attack us.

Winger and National League South Player of the Month, Chris Whelpdale, also spoke with ClaretsTV to preview this weekend's fixture:

"It'll be tough" he said. "They've got a new manager down there now and the players will be looking to impress.

"I think that we need to concentrate on ourselves. That's what we've been doing recently and we've been succeeding with it.

"If we keep doing what we've been doing in the last month, then we'll be fine."

You can watch the full interview's with Rod Stringer and Chris Whelpdale here and here.

View on the Opposition:

The Sports currently sit 15th in the National League South. They're 9 points ahead of the relegation places, however, they have not won in their last 5 games, losing 3 and drawing 2.

New striker signing, Joshua Bingham, is available for selection following international clearance.

Midfielder, Samuel Howes, will be unavailable for the Sports as he serves a 3 match suspension.

Currently at the helm is Mark McGhee, who was appointed as Caretaker manager in February, replacing Jamie Howell.

The Scottish, former professional footballer, last managed Barnet between 2017-18 and has coached at International level with his national team as an assistant to Gordon Strachan between 2013-15.

McGhee spoke to the Eastbourne Herald this week:

“I’m not actually a manager who majors on clean sheets" he said. "I think the instinct of all players and managers is to go out and get on the front foot – but in the situation we are in, we will take that result as something to build on.

“I’ve come in with an open mind and it is for each player to convince me that he’s earning the shirt; and they are doing that.

You can read and watch Mark's interview on the Eastbourne Herald website here.

Clarets on Tour:

Our Supporters' Club will be running a coach on Saturday. The coach provider will be with Romans and they will be leaving the Melbourne Community Stadium at 10:45am and 11:00am from the County Hotel.

Prices are £20 for adults and £10 for under 18's. If you would like to book a place on the coach, please call and/or text David Ramsey-Smith on 07455 914923 or send a tweet to @CCSC_Coach on Twitter.


Admission on the day is as follows:

  • Adults - £13
  • Under 18's - £1

Social Media:

Chelmsford City will be providing live minute-by-minute coverage of the game on Twitter (@OfficialClarets, #EABvCHE) as well as live audio commentary on Radio Clarets.
Post-match reports, highlights and interviews will be found on the Club Website and Clarets TV following the match.

Updated 20:38 - 9 Mar 2019 by Steve Parker

Where next?

Chris Whelpdale scoops Player of the Month award Chris Whelpdale is the Vanarama National League South Player of the Month for February 2019.
Rod Stringer: "I think the boys are very hungry to get going" Manager, Rod Stringer, caught up with ClaretsTV to preview this weekend's fixture away to Eastbourne Borough.


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