Clarets travel to Hemel Hempstead keen to end winless away record

Rod Stringer’s Chelmsford City head to Hemel Hempstead on Saturday looking to end a torrid run of form on the road.

The Clarets are yet to claim a win from four Vanarama National League South fixtures away from home.

Registering losses to Concord Rangers, Weymouth and Maidstone United, Stringer’s side have just one point from away matches – a 1-1 draw with Havant & Waterlooville.

City can head into this fixture full of confidence though after a promising 1-1 draw with Billericay Town. The Clarets had led through Anthony Church’s header; Moses Emmanuel levelled a minute after Louis Ramsay had been sent off for the visitors.

Hemel Hempstead, under the guidance of Sammy Moore, were beaten 2-0 by Slough Town on Tuesday night.

Team news

Michael Spillane could be in the starting eleven for a second consecutive match after returning in Monday’s 1-1 draw. The defender completed a full ninety minutes in the Essex derby despite having missed the previous four matches.

The Clarets have no fresh injury concerns.

Hemel Hempstead goalkeeper Sam Beasant did not feature in Tuesday’s match at Slough Town. The former Clarets shot-stopper has been a mainstay in Hemel’s side since making the move across from Concord Rangers this summer; however, he was not used in the loss at Arbour Park.

The Tudors also have former Chelmsford City defender Craig Braham-Barrett among their ranks. The 31-year-old made 48 appearances during his spell with the club back in 2017-18.

Manager’s view

Speaking to BBC Essex, Clarets boss Rod Stringer said he anticipates a tough encounter against Sammy Moore’s side.

“We know what Hemel will be about,” he said. “He [Sammy Moore] did a great job at Concord and he’s started off with some good results this season.

“We have to be mindful but, as I say most weeks, it’s another game and we have to try and work on what our strengths are. If we can find much information out about Hemel, then we will try to see where we can win the game with that information.”

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