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Chelmsford City – Season Preview 2019/2020

Chelmsford City

2018/19 Season

National South: 4th

F.A Cup: 2nd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round

County Cup: Runners Up

League Top Scorer: Rhys Murphy (23 goals) / Average Attendance: 936

Chelmsford City reached the playoffs for the third season in a row last season and once again will be tagged as one of the potential candidates for promotion. The Clarets will have to go again, but this time without top scorer Rhys Murphy who netted 23 goals in 2018/2019 and swept up at the club’s annual awards. The Essex will hope a number of attacking players can replace the goals lost by Murphy’s depearture. Sam Higgins often top scored for East Thurrock United and with their relegation he has returned to Chelmsford City after an eight-year absence. Another face returning to the Melbourne Stadium is Shaun Jeffers from Brackley Town, the 27-year-old recorded 24 goals in 52 games during the 2016/2017 with the Clarets, and Andy Fennell will make the step up from the Eastern Counties League Division One South to the National South, the former Coggeshall United forward netted 33 times last term and used to be part of Chelmsford City’s youth setup. Creativity could come from Jamaican winger Jamar Loza who had been on Stringer’s radar for some time. Loza played on loan at Woking last term scoring seven goals in just nine appearances and has four international caps for Jamaica. Carl Pentney arrives from Maidenhead United to replace goalkeeper, Nathan McDonald.  Alex Osborn already appeared for Chelmsford City a dozen times back in 2011/12 during a loan spell, the 25-year-old joins from East Thurrock United. Left back, Frazer Shaw was at Concord Rangers last term making 34 appearances, he’ll now be part of Rod Stringer’s squad.  Ollie Muldoon played 42 times for Maidstone United over the last two years, the midfielder moves to the Clarets and has also represented Gillingham in the past. Manager, Rod Stringer also had a clear out releasing a number of players including former Dart, Jordan Chiedozie, however midfielder Chez Isaac was retained.

The Manager – Rod Stringer

When Rod Stringer took over three years ago, Chelmsford City had spent the previous three seasons outside of the playoffs. Joining from rivals Bishop’s Stortford he has turned the Clarets into promotion contenders finishing in the playoffs each time. He has a proven track record of getting teams challenging for promotion winning the Isthmian Division One North with Aveley, then taking them to the Isthmian Premier League playoffs. Stringer moved to Braintree Town and in his only season at Cressing Road he won the Isthmian Premier League. A spell at Bishop’s Stortford wasn’t as successful as previous roles, but Stringer has brought optimism and consistency back to the Essex club.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 37 / Chelmsford City wins: 56 / Draws: 21

Last Six Meetings

18.02.2017 Chelmsford City 2 Dartford 1
07.08.2018 Dartford 1 Chelmsford City 0
10.02.2018 Dartford 1 Chelmsford City 2
21.10.2017 Chelmsford City 1 Dartford 0
07.05.2017 Dartford 1 Chelmsford City 2
03.05.2017 Chelmsford City 0 Dartford 0

Facts

Dartford have won one of their last eight matches against Chelmsford City. Elliot Bradbrook scored the winner at Princes Park last season.

Chelmsford City have lost just three of their last nineteen games versus Dartford in all competitions.

Last Ten Years

 

 

Next Meetings

Monday 12 August 2019 at Melbourne Stadium

Saturday 14 March 2020 at Princes Park

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