Chelmsford City City manager, Rod Stringer, insisted that his side will be fully focused ahead of their Essex Senior Cup semi-final clash with Ryman League Division One North outfit, Heybridge Swifts, at the Melbourne Stadium.

Speaking ahead of the match, the Clarets boss said: “It’s another game at the end of the day. We will move the squad around but will go out there and give it our best shot, just as we do in any competitive fixture.

“We want to get ourselves into a final, It would be great for the club. It’s been awhile since Chelmsford City were last in the Essex Senior Cup final. It’s a good cup, with some big clubs competing for it, including Southend United and Colchester United. We have given this competition a lot of time, the club would dearly like to bring it back to the Melbourne Stadium for the supporters.”

Stringer explained that his side’s preparation for the tie was much the same as that for a League, FA Cup or Trophy tie, adding: “We certainly won’t be taking Heybridge Swifts for granted. We have had them watched, just as we do every other opponent. They are a good side and we know they will give us a tough test.

“A Chelmsford v East Thurrock United final would be great, an all-National League South final. However, we are fully aware that we will have to give everything against Heybridge and earn the right to go through. They will come here and make it extremely difficult for us. There are no ‘gimmies’ in football and we have to respect that.”

Stringer continued: “We don’t want to be going into the league match at Dartford next Saturday having been knocked out of the Essex Senior Cup. We need to make sure we are very good, put the tie to bed and carry some confidence forward to Princes Park next Saturday.”


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