Chelmsford City manager, Rod Stringer, was pleased with his side’s performance as the Clarets returned to National League South winning ways with a resounding 4-0 success over his former club, Bishop’s Stortford.

Goals from Max Cornhill, Elliott Buchanan, Robbie Willmott and Matt Young ensured City their first win in eight league matches, and speaking after the match, Stringer said: “Bishop’s Stortford came with an extra man in midfield trying to frustrate and make it harder for us. But after we grabbed the early goal the game opened up for us. We got a second but perhaps could have had one or two more before the break.

“I thought we were very sure of ourselves in the second half, We were on the front foot and Robbie Willmott was unplayable. It was a very good performance, a clean sheet, three points on the board which is all that matters. We push on from this, but I was very pleased with the overall display, I thought we were outstanding.

“It was great to get back amongst the goals and especially having four different goalscorers. Elliott Buchanan must have been a favourite with the bookies to score against his old club, that’s always the way. Then, of course, Robbie Willmott did the same. It was nice that they have all chipped in. Kane Haysman had an exceptional debut, he did very well for us. In fairness, I thought that their goalkeeper had a fair game as well.

Stringer continued: “It was an enjoyable game. We always looked in control but respected Bishop’s Stortford massively. We knew if anything they might lack a bit of quality but would work hard and that proved to be the case. However, they didn’t have enough at the top end to hurt us.

“It was a good game of football, a good run out for us. But as I’ve said to the players, it is only half-time because we have got to go there next week and do it all over again.”

The Clarets were roared on by a bumper Melbourne Stadium crowd of 1,014, and Stringer was quick to acknowledge the part the supporters can play in helping City build a successful platform for the future: “People use the term ‘sleeping giant’ but the volume of support we are getting just shows you that this club can be vibrant if we can string results together for them and show that there is ambition there.

“They understand that we are not going to win every game, they know we are going to concede goals and perhaps won’t take our opportunities when they come. The Chelmsford City fans also understand that if we can get this going it will be a great journey for everyone involved with the football club.

“Everybody can contribute in one way or another at the club. We are all supporters. We just need to keep doing the positive things and the supporters will keep coming back. For so many people to come along on Boxing Day, when they have family time and so much else to do around the Christmas holiday is brilliant.

“Boxing Day football perhaps isn’t as fashionable as it used to be so to get a crowd of more than a thousand is a huge compliment to everybody at the club. I’m over the moon with that.”


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