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Stringer `Delighted` To Have Achieved Top Five Spot

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Chelmsford City manager Rod Stringer was delighted that his side had achieved their goal of a place in the Vanarama National League South play-off’s following a 3-1 victory over a much-improved Welling United side at the Melbourne Stadium on Easter Monday.

Stringer said: “I thought we played well. We were doing really well up until they took the lead. We’d created a lot of decent chances, on another day we might well have been three goals to the good before they took the lead.

“I must admit, it wasn’t in the script for Welling to go ahead, especially as we were dominating the match. All of a sudden we had a bit of a battle on our hands and had to get going.”

The Clarets chief explained how the team responded to his half-time pep talk, adding: “I was disappointed that we couldn’t find the killer instinct during the opening half and I let the players know that at the break. I told them that we needed to be better and how important the game was. We needed to be clinical as well as pleasing on the eye.

“The players reacted to the team talk straight away, scoring two quick goals. Our aggression towards the game had improved and we played some really good stuff. Welling changed their shape, which gave us a problem. But we were much better, I was pleased with the reaction.

“Shaun Jeffers came off the bench to score a great goal capping off a positive display and victory against a well-organised side with some good players.

And Stringer urged his side to complete a successful campaign by performing well in the play-offs: “We set out at the start of the season to reach the play-offs and win the Essex Senior Cup, We’ve achieved both of those targets which is fantastic. We now need to push on and go one better come the extra games”.

(Brian Jeeves)

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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