Chelmsford City manager, Rod Stringer, was absolutely delight with the news that the Clarets would be travelling to much-fancied Tranmere Rovers in the Buildbase FA Trophy third round.
Speaking after the draw was made at FA headquarters at Wembley Stadium, Stringer said: “It’s terrific news getting Tranmere Rovers away. The players all want to be a part of it.
“I think for us and the supporters it’s a great draw. I don’t know too much about Chelmsford’s history, but I do know that it has been a while since we have been able to achieve something like this.
“The Trophy is a competition that at this stage is mainly teams from the top division in the National League, with one or two lower ranked teams thrown in. It has been a little bit of a milestone for us to get this far.
Stringer hoped that the Clarets Trophy form had made up for an earlier than anticipated FA Cup exit, adding: “We compete in two big national knockout competitions and unfortunately we went out of the FA Cup here to Dartford, which was a big disappointment for us. We are trying to make up for that and get the best we can for the club.”
Nevertheless, Stringer thought a trip to Tranmere was a mouthwatering prospect for the Clarets: “The fact is Tranmere Rovers are a massive club. Merseyside and Birkenhead are great footballing areas to go and play. The people are knowledgeable about the game.
“Prenton Park is a fantastic stadium, it will be an occasion for our players and supporters to savour. It is important that the supporters continue to back us in big numbers and encourage their friends to come and follow us too.
Stringer once again urged the Clarets supporters to continue the fantastic backing that has been evident throughout the campaign and insisted that his side had a chance to put down another marker in the north-west, saying: “I know Tranmere is a long and perhaps expensive trip for the fans. But this is a highlight in the club’s history book that can’t always be repeated. We need everyone to make the trip, and indeed, back us whenever and wherever they can.
“We know it is going to be tough. They have a proper set-up it is run like a Football League club. It is going to be a wonderful occasion for us. I’m certainly going to enjoy it. I know what I’ve got in my squad, they will perhaps start favourites but we shouldn’t be written off.”