TT Match Preview: Chelmsford City by Jack Mckechnie

The Match Preview ‘Opposition Interview’ series begins again for 2018-19, as TT caught up with Chelmsford City fan Jack Mckechnie before Saturday’s opener at Melbourne Park:

 

Before we talk about your team, tell us a bit about yourself and how long have you supported Chelmsford?

I’m Jack, I am 20 years old originally from Harold Wood and have supported Chelmsford City since January 2011.

How has pre-season gone and how do you think Chelmsford will do in 2018-19?

Pre-season has gone well IMO with 4 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat. We were able to keep our better players from last season and have made some very good additions to the team. This season I do think we will get to the play-offs again but if we can start well there is no reason at this stage why we can’t win the league.

Which Chelmsford players should we be looking out for this Saturday?

Scott Fenwick. Joined us in March and was IMO our best player in April, I believe he should be playing in the National League very least. He also made national news in April for scoring a hat-trick of penalties in two consecutive matches.

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Have you got the right man in charge and what tactics does he employ?

Yes we do. I believe Rod Stringer is the best manager in the National League South, his record says as much. Our tactics depend on the opponent really, we scouted Torquay against Dorchester and we will look at how best to beat you next week.

What’s your owners like and are they ambitious for the future of the club?

We are currently in the process of a takeover by Betsi Ltd, the people who own the Chelmsford City Racecourse. From what, albeit limited, info I know they want to make the club sustainable rather than throw money at the team for the sake of it. We want to progress, obviously, but not if it will be damaging to the club further down the line.

What is Melbourne Stadium like and how is the atmosphere on match days?

We call Melbourne Park “The Gulag”. Personally, I’m not a massive fan of the ground. It’s an athletics stadium but we do have the best food van in the league and our clubhouse is one of the best. I also think our main stand is one of the best in the VNS. The atmosphere is average, we have quite vocal fans and at least we try to make the best of it.

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The Yellow Army will be there in numbers, any bars/pubs near the ground you’d recommend?

Not near the ground per se. The Railway Tavern and The Plough (both outside the station) are both decent pubs. I would recommend them and then get a bus or a cab to Melbourne.

What’s the standard of football like in the NLS and which clubs do you expect to be challenging at the top?

The standard can be quite good. A fair few players in this league could play higher but can’t commit to the travelling. Some clubs will play long ball and ugly football but others will try to play it on the deck.
I expect the Top 7 to be Chelmsford, Torquay, Billericay, Welling, Woking, Bath and St Albans.

I appreciate the optimism! What do you make of TUFCs drop to the NLS and do you think clubs will see us as a  big scalp?

I believe that Torquay’s drop is justified as you have been below expectations for years. You won’t walk the league like some of your fans reckon. Due to your professional status people will more than likely put more effort in against you. Very rarely do teams bounce straight back up, I think Braintree were the only ones to do so in my time following Chelmsford.

And finally Saturday will be an interesting encounter as we enter the NLS for the first time, what is your prediction?

I will say Chelmsford 2-1 Torquay.
I think we’ll start the season with a point (rather than a-plomb) and go for a 1-1 draw. Thanks for answering our questions Jack. Dom
Jack M

 


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