Chelmsford City manager, Rod Stringer, was delighted with his side, particularly in the opening half, as they picked up three vital National League South points with a 2-0 victory over fellow play-off contenders, Hampton & Richmond Borough, at the Beveree Stadium.

Speaking after the match, the Clarets chief said: “It was a really good win. Last week Ebbsfleet United struggled against Hampton. You could see why they’ve got an extremely high work rate.

“The pitch isn’t the best there and in the early stages, we couldn’t get hold of the ball. But with our first break forward we took the lead, and from then on we played well and never really looked back. For forty minutes we were extremely good, the work rate was exceptional.

Stringer continued: “It was pretty even after half-time. Hampton came alive, although they didn’t really create any clear cut chances. But they kept having a go. They matched us in the second half. The difference between the teams was that we had already scored the two goals.

“It was a massive three points. If we are going to cement a place in the play-off’s, we needed to put further daylight between ourselves and the chasing pack. We have a decent cushion with five games to go. It wasn’t a must-win game but it was certainly one we couldn’t afford to lose.”

The Clarets boss again insisted that it’s all about the points as his side approach the final hurdle of the campaign, adding: “Looking back, the second half wasn’t as fluent as the first, but the result was all that mattered. We are delighted with the three points. It’s all about continuing to grind out results now, but we are in strong position.”


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