The Clarets began the League campaign with a 0-0 draw against recently-relegated outfit Torquay United, although City shaded the game and looked the most likely to come out as victors.
Dartford were forced to come from behind as they beat Bath City 1-2. Adam Mann gave the hosts a tenth minute lead but the Darts restored parity when Elliot Bradbrook stroked home in first half added time. Delano Sam Yorke put the visitors ahead three minutes from time, slotting home from the penalty spot moments after Bradbrook had blazed over from twelve yards.
City have proved a ‘bogey’ team for the Kent outfit in recent years, with the Darts seeking to end an 18-year hoodo of being unable to defeat the Clarets at Princes Park.
Last season saw Dartford come close to ending the unwanted record, although the Clarets were awarded a clear-cut penalty late on which Kudus Oyenuga fired home before Taylor Miles scored directly from a corner deep into second half added time.
The Clarets will be keen to put an end to Adam Flanagan and Jamie Coyles’ Dartford side’s winning start to the League, as well as maintaining a winning record over our rivals that stretches back to May 1 2000.
Dartford boast former City striker Kudus Oyenuga within their attacking ranks. The former Claret scored twelve goals in all competitions from 39 appearances for Chelmsford last term.
Jazzi Barnum-Bobb becomes available for the Clarets after serving his suspension. Shaun Batt, Jonny Giles, Jordan Chiedozie and Michael Spillane remain doubtful.
From the camps:
Chelmsford boss Rod Stringer is looking forward to what is set to be another entertaining Essex-Kent derby at Princes Park.
“It’s going to be another tough game, away to Dartford.” he said. “We’ll get the lads to look after themselves from now [Saturday afternoon] until then, get them in ice baths and doing what they need to do.
“We’ve enjoyed going over to Dartford over the past few years so let's hope for the same on Tuesday.”
Darts co-manager Adam Flanagan recently praised his goalkeeper Deren Ibrahim, he said: “Deren is someone we rate quite highly. I think he’d hold his hands up and say his levels of performance weren’t where he’s shown to be and he probably did need to come out of the team.
“But he’s very passionate about the club, he’s very eager to get back to the levels he’s set and we’re hopeful we’ll get the very best out of him.”
Turnstiles open from 18:00pm BST.
Admission prices at Princes Park are as follows:
Adults £14, Concessions £9, 13 to 17-year-olds £5, U12s £2.
Social Media Coverage:
Chelmsford City will provide coverage of the game on the usual Social Media channels, including Twitter and Instagram.
A post-match report and interview will be found on the Club Website and Clarets TV following the match.