Chelmsford City manager, Rod Stringer, was fairly satisfied with his side’s performance as they picked up a useful National League South point from the long trip to Weston-Super-Mare.

Speaking after the tense, goalless encounter at the Woodspring Stadium, Stringer said: “It’s a long way to go. I think we went there and played well, to be honest. Defensively and in midfield we were quite sound. I don’t think we got enough quality in the box for the strikers,chelmsford though.

“They brought in three new signings this week, It made them quite a lot stronger. Having looked at them prior to that, we thought they were pretty gettable. But they brought the lad Rollin Menayese in from Cardiff City at the back, he had played for Wales at under 19’s level and he did quite well. They were clearly stronger. It was one of those days where we kept knocking on the door, especially in the second half, but unfortunately, we passed up the chances that we created.

“We didn’t seem to have the killer instinct. I felt that the wide players didn’t affect the game as I would have liked.
“If we had gone a goal up I think we would have gone on and won the game. But I was really pleased with the second half. It was a good game of football, not many chances either way, but we’ll take the point away from home and look forward to the next two games.

The Clarets boss admitted he would like to bolster his attack, but only if the right player became available to the club: “We need to be proactive. January is coming up, not that the transfer window affects us as such. But what is does do is alerts us to Football League clubs who are dropping players out. Sometimes those boys have to find a club slightly lower than the National League, the likes of ourselves.

“It’s all about keeping our finger on the pulse. Seeing if we can find someone who can come in and help us out. Obviously, we have Elliot Buchanan and Shaun Jeffers up there at the moment, which I still think is a good partnership. But overall, I think now that we’ve lost Billy Bricknell and Shamir Mullins, we need to bring someone in of their type.

Despite the stalemate seeing the Clarets winless run extended to seven league matches, Stringer believed the club were overall starting to move in the right direction; “We need to move on. People have to understand we still didn’t have Michael Spillane, Anthony Church, Danny Blanchett, Adam Bailey-Dennis or Max Porter. We had a few out that probably would have started the match. On top of that, we have just let Billy go because it was right for both Billy and the club. Then we lost Shamir, which again was the right business for the club and for Shamir.

“We are doing the right things as far as the football club. But we also have to realise that we can’t stand in a player’s way when good opportunities come up. Saying that, we don’t want to be a selling club, but a club the size of Chelmsford City is reliant on moving players on if it is going to give us a cash injection.

Stringer continued: “I am aware as the manager that first of all my club is the most important thing. My job is to get results, but I also understand that we need to have the finances as well. But hopefully, this will make us stronger as a squad, if the money is used wisely. That’s where we are at the moment. We are in transition.”


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