Rod Stringer: ‘I think most games are still competitive simply because teams want to finish as high up the table as they can’ - Chelmsford City v Bath City (Saturday 3pm) - Preview

By Brian Jeeves in Football

By Brian Jeeves

ROD STRINGER insisted that his Chelmsford City side wants to finish their National League South campaign with a flourish, despite having already clinched a play-off place.

Monday’s 3-1 victory over Welling United ensured a top-five finish for the Clarets. Nevertheless, Stringer wanted his side to take maximum points from their remaining two fixtures against Bath City and Hungerford Town.

Speaking ahead of Bath’s visit to the Melbourne Stadium, Stringer said: “It will be a decent game, they still have a chance to reach the play-off’s. We were pegged back by a late equaliser at their place, which was a shame because we had played well.

“They are a big, strong, organised team. I’m not sure where their heads are at the moment as there are a number of sides who believe they have a chance of a top-five finish. We are aware that they are going to fight for everything. We will have to put in a shift to earn the points.”

The Clarets chief insisted that every match is important to all club’s, regardless of where they are situated in the league table, adding: “I think most games are still competitive simply because teams want to finish as high up the table as they can. But we are at home, we want to finish the season strongly and would like to get third place ahead of Dartford if we can.

“We have to keep going out there, giving it everything we’ve got and see where it takes us.”

And Stringer hoped for another big crowd at the Melbourne Stadium, especially as his side had delivered the fan’s a play-off place: “The supporters have been fantastic, they have been with us all the way through, they’ve been our twelfth man.

“We still want to achieve promotion for them, I hope we can get a four-figure turn-out against Bath and that the fans will bring their friends and families along to back us as we try to achieve something very special over the next few weeks.”

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