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Weymouth Preview: Clarets return to Cup action

1 year ago By Matt Lee

Chelmsford City return to Emirates FA Cup action tomorrow afternoon (3pm, kick-off) as Weymouth visit the Melbourne Community Stadium.

“We know we’re not firing on all cylinders at the moment but if we were losing games, I’d worry more.” Rod Stringer

The Clarets reached the Third Qualifying Round with a comfortable 7-0 win over Ramsgate two weeks ago but were held to a 0-0 draw in the Vanarama National League South at Poole Town last Saturday.

The Terras earned their place in this stage of the competition after defeating Vanarama National League South side Chippenham Town 2-0 after winning 5-0 at Odd Down in the First Qualifying Round.

Meanwhile Weymouth, who sit ninth in the Evo-Stik League Southern, scored an added-time penalty to defeat Basingstoke Town 3-2 in the League during the week after a 2-0 defeat to Hereford United.

Team news

Chelmsford City could be without striker Shaun Batt and Elliott Omozusi as they both remain doubtful, while Ashley Miller and Lee Barnard are in contention for selection. Max Porter could also make a long-awaited return after an injury in pre-season.

Weymouth’s Sean Stewart returns to the Terras squad while Ben Thomson endured the win over Basingstoke without any damage after a recent hamstring issue. Striker Harry McGrath is also expected to be in the squad for the trip to Chelmsford.

View from the Camps:

Speaking ahead of the Clarets’ Emirates FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round match, City boss Rod Stringer said:

“The game at Poole last Saturday was nip and tuck without either side creating any clear chances.

“We know we’re not firing on all cylinders at the moment but if we were losing games, I’d worry more.”

Meanwhile, Weymouth Assistant Manager Paul Maitland - speaking to the Dorset Echo - revealed that he expects a tactical battle between the two sides tomorrow afternoon.

“We’ve watched them play and they’ve watched us play. Tactically it will be a game of cat and mouse. We’ll go there and give it our best shot.

“We showed on Tuesday we never give up and we’re going to need that. Someone’s got to have a bit of a run in the FA Cup, so why not us? It’s a difficult game and we’ll have to be very good to get something out of it.”


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.

Social Media Coverage
Chelmsford City will provide live minute-by-minute coverage of the game on Twitter (@OfficialClarets) 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 17:38 - 29 Sep 2017 by Matt Lee

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