Chelmsford City manager Rod Stringer was delighted to see his side snap up a clutch of opportunities as National League South strugglers Gosport Borough were swept aside by five goals to one at the Melbourne Stadium.

Speaking after the match the Clarets chief said: “We made hard work of it in the first half. The blustery conditions didn’t particularly help either side, but I thought Gosport struggled more with it during the second half when we had the wind behind us. The pitch was quite bobbly too, which made things even more difficult. Sometimes you have to adapt to the pitch, We weren’t able to play exactly as we would have liked, but the outcome was perfect for us.

“To be fair to them, they have come here fighting for their lives and have had a great start with the early goal. We were struggling at that stage, to be honest. We were without Bagasan Graham, Danny Blanchett had to come in, that gave us a natural full-back. Perhaps that meant we didn’t get out as much as we could have in the early part of the game. We were going from back to front too quickly.”

Stringer added: “We made a brave decision at the break to take Mark Haines off and go with a four-four-two, and we never looked back after that. I was delighted to see Kane Haysman bag a couple of goals, while Louie Theophanous and Chris Dickson were also on target. I think when we went with two up top instead of three we seemed to look so much better.

“We were able to get Kane and Robbie Willmott playing as natural wide players, it opened the game up for us. In fairness, Ross Fitzsimons has made a great save at 3-1, but after that, we’ve added a couple and perhaps could have scored a couple more as well. It was great to see the players getting into the positions and taking the chances, something we’ve threatened to do lately.

“For me, it was a really pleasing performance, although the scoreline perhaps masks just how hard we really had to work. I was pleased with the Chelmsford crowd too. 952 turned up for us, a decent gate. Hopefully, they were happy with what they saw and will continue their terrific support as the season draws to its conclusion. It’s been a good day at the office.”


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