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Rod Stringer on Torquay United test

By Matt Lee

The Clarets boss expects a tough test in Devon but is hopeful of a strong travelling contingency from Chelmsford supporters.

“ I'm sure whatever happens on he day it will be a good game.” Rod Stringer, Manager

City embark on their travels to the League leaders on Friday afternoon as they stay overnight before taking on the Seagulls at Plainmoor.

However, the Clarets boss says that trips like this weekend's to Torquay are ones that supporters should "love to go to."

"To me, if you're a fan and follow this club then you'd love to go to Torquay.

If people want to call themselves supporters then they should get on the coach or the train and support us Saturday.

"They are top of the League, we're sat there and thereabouts. as far as I'm concerned that's what you look at.

"You don't save yourselves for East Thurrock or Hungerford away, you make sure when the fixtures come out that you pencil Torquay United away into your diary.

"So for me, I'd like to see us go there in the numbers. We are giving the supporters enough ammunition to use as an excuse for their partners or wives."

Both teams have won five of their previous six League fixtures, with the Gulls slipping to a 3-2 defeat at Bath City while Chelmsford City were beaten by Slough Town.

Therefore, with Gary Johnson's side just four points above third-placed City, Clarets boss Rod Stringer is hopeful of returning to Essex with maximum points but is wary of a tough test.

"We'll be down there on Friday, doing all the right preparation. I just hope we can get a result down there.

"Gary Johnson is probably the most experienced manager in this division, I have a lot of respect for him. The club is probably the biggest in this division, they're full-time with a wonderful budget.

"We'll got there as what we are and I'm sure whatever happens on he day it will be a good game."

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