Chelmsford City manager, Rod Stringer, was delighted with his charges as the Clarets returned to National League South winning ways with a 2-0 victory over a good Truro City side at the Melbourne Stadium.

Second half goals from Elliot Buchanan and Shaun Jeffers ensured City maximum points and Stringer was quick to admit that his side had to work hard for their success: “Truro proved to be a decent side to be fair, he said. “They played a 3-5-2 formation, which I thought was quite brave away from home as some teams would have come and played with one up top.

“There are no easy games in this league and Truro proved to be no different. They might be in the bottom half of the table, but the truth of the matter is that they gave us a stiff test, they are a good side.”

Stringer explained that his side had to adjust after a tough start to the match, adding: “Although we were in the game in the first twenty minutes, we wasn’t as fluent as we would have liked to have been. However, the players adapted to it with Ashley Miller coming in on the right side of a defensive three while Danny Blanchett moved out to play as a wing-back. Danny gave us a big more of a natural left foot balance, he did very well.

“Truro’s holding midfield player had been causing us a real problem. It was difficult to get into the game as they were pushing us back all the time. However, once we adapted, the switch literally flicked. Out wide players got into the game and we got a lot more of the ball in attacking positions.

“Once we’d got a foothold, I thought we should have come in at the break a couple of goals to the good. But we spoke at half-time about remaining patient. We believed that if we kept up the work rate we would create chances, and that is exactly what we did.”

The Clarets chief was delighted that his side were able to eventually break down a well organised Truro side: “Elliott and Shaun capitalised to give us the advantage and we had a few other opportunities too, he said. “But I was pleased, they were good goals. I was pleased that Elliott got on the scoresheet after another assist from Robbie Willmott and good work from Anthony Church. After that, Robbie was unplayable, they just couldn’t handle him. He was back to his old self.

“But overall, the team was excellent. Defensively we did our jobs, we were ok, we looked alright. It was a good performance, one that has given us a little bit of a tonic ahead of next week’s FA Trophy tie at Tranmere Rovers.”


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