Rod Stringer expects another tough examination of his Chelmsford City side when they travel to fellow National League South play-off contenders Hemel Hempstead Town on Saturday.

Seeking ahead of the match, Stringer said: “As ever, it will be a tough contest. Hemel has a decent side and have recruited one or two on loan from Ebbsfleet United and Maidstone United. They will be naturally good players for them. They are also in good form, so like I said, it will be difficult, but we go there with our tails up after picking up six points from the games with Concord Rangers and Margate.”chelmsford

The Tudors went down 1-0 at the hands of Oxford City last time out, nevertheless, Stringer believed their hosts still possessed some real quality, adding: “We will certainly go there wanting to play our own game. Hopefully, that will be enough for us to come away with another win to keep us in the hunt. However, I know their manager, Dean Brennan, his sides play football, although they surprised up at the Melbourne Stadium by going a little more direct.

“The players Dean has there now are what I’d call ‘Sheringham’s’, they are creative. Ben Greenhalgh and Ben Driver are terrific footballers, they also have the boy Matt Saunders in midfield. They are a good outfit.
Stringer added: “I understand Ebbsfleet found it quite difficult when they went there a few weeks ago, by all accounts it sounded as if Hemel were the better side. Plus it is still fresh in our minds how well they performed at our place in that epic 4-4 draw back in October.

“We have to be mindful of all that, as well as building on what we have been doing. We are in good form ourselves, we don’t want to lose sight of that. It’s another case of doing enough on the day.”

The Clarets travel to Vauxhall Road without the suspended Anthony Church, but his hopeful that Elliott Buchanan will be back in contention after pulling up during the win over Concord and missing the midweek trip to Margate.


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