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PREVIEW: Slough Town (A)

1 week ago By Matt Lee

Chelmsford City head to Slough Town looking to extend their unbeaten run today (3pm).

“This League is very tough, let alone the month we’ve just come off, and we now have another big month ahead.” Rod Stringer, Manager

The Clarets are on a winning run of four consecutive matches, beating Billericay Town, Hemel Hempstead, Billericay again and Hampton & Richmond Borough on their journey up the League standings.

Chelmsford’s last defeat came back in December as City fell to a 2-0 defeat at Bath City; however, an impressive run of form has allowed them to move up to fourth in the League, with just goal difference separating Chelmsford from third-placed Bath City, following just one defeat in six matches.

City and Slough met in the League back in September. The newly promoted Rebels left the Melbourne Community Stadium with the three points following a 1-0 win and a performance that was the definition of a smash-and-grab. Chris Flood capitalised on City’s inability to score from a plethora of chances by scoring the only goal of the game with twenty minutes left to play.

Team News:
City defender Joe Anderson could return to the matchday squad after enduring cryotherapy following a knock taken in the 1-0 victory at Billericay Town; an injury which ruled him out of the Hampton & Richmond Borough win.

Talismanic strike partnership Rhys Murphy and Scott Fenwick could combine once more, while several City players are likely to return to the squad after being rested for last Monday’s Essex Senior Cup Quarter Final tie with Coggeshall Town.

Meanwhile, Slough Town will be without James Dobson after the tricky midfielder completed a move to Sutton United on Thursday evening; however, the Rebels have moved quickly to re-sign former player Matthew Lench.

Scott Davies, a former City midfielder who regularly featured for the Clarets last season, could feature for the Rebels.

View from the Camp:
After progressing in the BBC Essex Senior Cup on Monday night, City boss Rod Stringer said:

“Cup football is all about getting into the next round. It was never going to be 5-0 or 6-0 because they [Coggeshall Town] are too good a side for that. They were a threat all night.”

The Gaffer then turned his attention towards Saturday’s trip to Arbour Park:

“We didn’t train on Tuesday, we went back in on Thursday to assess the situation with the injuries and the fatigued players. But who knows [what to expect from Slough], it’s a very tough League.

“This League is very tough, let alone the month we’ve just come off, and we now have another big month ahead.”

Admission:
Admission for City’s trip to Arbour Park is as follows:

  • Adult (18-64) - £13
  • Concession (65+) - £9
  • Student (16-17, Student) - £5
  • Child (5-15) - £3 (12-year-old and under must be accompanied by an Adult)
  • Infant (0-4) – Free

Social Media:
Chelmsford City will provide live minute-by-minute coverage of the game on Twitter (@OfficialClarets, #SLOvCHE) 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 12:44 - 12 Jan 2019 by Steve Parker

Where next?

BBC Essex Senior Cup Semi Final AFC Hornchurch at home Monday February 4th 7.30pm.
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