Chelmsford City manager, Rod Stringer, was delighted with the three National League South points his side earned at lowly Margate, but was slightly frustrated that the Clarets didn’t win by a larger margin at Hartsdown Park.
Speaking after goals from Shaun Jeffers (penalty) and Josh Hill had earned City a 2-0 success on the road, Stringer said: “It was a tough game but we knew it was going to be tough. Margate are fighting for their lives and have brought in seven or eight new players over the past week or so, and they started off really well.
“My biggest frustration is that we’ve not taken a few more of our chances. We should have been home and hosed by half-time. I counter at least five decent opportunities, including when we were awarded the penalty. We need to display more of a cutting edge and finish sides off.
“The second half was much the same, however, I’m going to give Margate the respect they deserve because they stuck at it. Once Josh headed the second goal, Margate thought it was a bit too much for them. But at 1-0 they gave themselves a chance.”
Stringer continued: “I’ve been around this level for a long time, you learn that at 1-0 these games are never won. They had a lot of pace and endeavour about them. I said to the boys before the match, to take the game away from them we will need to make sure that we are ‘at it’ because, with so many changes, Margate would probably be a bit off the cuff and possessed the sort of pace that can hurt you at times.
“You only need one ball over the top to give someone half a chance and all of a sudden you are chasing the game. They did have a good chance to level the score, but we got away with it.”
But the Clarets chief was pleased with the grit and determination his team display in what was a potentially tricky fixture, adding: “I’ve got to give our team credit. Margate is always a tough place to get to, especially with players coming from work, so to go out there and get a 2-0 win was excellent. At this stage of the season it’s all about the points again, just like it was against Concord Rangers on Saturday.
“It wasn’t one of our prettiest performances, although we were quite fluent at times and played some nice football. But it’s all about the points. This has set us up nicely for big games with Hemel Hempstead Town and Maidenhead United over the weekend. If we can get something from both of those games we are right back in the title race”