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Inconsistency Costing Clarets

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Chelmsford City manager Rod Stringer was encouraged by his side’s desire and character in their 1-1 draw with Bath City in the Vanarama National League South on Saturday, but felt inconsistency was costing them points.

“The way we ended is the way we should start and finish games, it’s as simple as that. I know we’ve got players who are good enough to play in this division and win you games, but there’s just too much inconsistency with desire or character.

Stringer relied on substitutes Lee Barnard, Michael West and goalscorer Tom Hitchcock to retrieve a point and believed without those decisions the Clarets would have lost to the Romans.

“I’m massively happy for Hitchy. He was going to play on Tuesday at Colchester, but he went down with a virus. It was a big decision to go with Shaun Batt, but he wasn’t really fit enough so I went with Hitchy and he came on and caused them problems.

“All the subs have worked well today so maybe I need to go back to the drawing board. Some of the boys may have had too long in the team and I need to move it about. I just want to see desire and lots of running and passion and I got that in the end and that’s why we got a point. I think if we hadn’t of changed it we lose the game.

Stringer was dealt a blow before kick-off with goalkeeper Sam Beasant picking up a groin injury.

“At 2:40pm our goalkeeper’s pulled his groin, so we’ve had to go with him but we were very reluctant to pass the ball back to him and that was an issue that we’ve just had to deal with it. To be fair to Beasant he’s strapped it up and taken loads of pain killers. He’s helped us get a point and I’ve got to be happy with that”.

Dan Deakins

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