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Stringer Hopes Bath Have Blown A Big Chance

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Rod Stringer, the Chelmsford City manager, plans to punish Bath City for not making the most of their home advantage on Saturday afternoon.

The two sides go again tonight following Saturday’s goalless draw at Twerton Park but the Clarets boss wants his side to do in the replay what the Romans couldn’t at the weekend.

Jerry Gill’s men make the long midweek trip but Stringer was quick to admit that his team got lucky in Somerset.

“It’s a replay, and I’d rather take that than not be in the FA Cup at all! I’m pleased we’re in the hat,” the manager told the club’s YouTube channel.

“You have to give credit to Bath as they made it difficult. We rode our luck with the penalty, I think it was a penalty if I’m being honest but they didn’t take that chance.

“We need to make the most the of the home advantage on Monday that they didn’t on Saturday.”

Stringer backed striker Lee Barnard who fluffed his lines when one-on-one in the second half.

“Bath caused us problems, so we changed things and changed the shape and the players got a bit more personal,” he said.

“Lee scores that nine times out of ten, he’s had a great career but we needed to break the deadlock.

“Bath will look at us and think they can get the job done on Monday no doubt but we’ll make it a cup final and we’ll see what happens.”

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