Following Monday’s win over Wealdstone, City will be hoping to pick up a home victory against a stuttering Chelmsford side. Rod Stringer’s men went through a purple patch in front of goal fairly recently, netting 19 in four league matches (one of them a 4-4 draw with Hemel Hempstead when they came back from 3-0 down and led 4-3 until the dying stages), but have drawn three of their last four. The defeat in this run was a crushing 4-0 at Poole Town, but they remain in fourth spot in the league, nine points ahead of ninth placed City. Read more
Gary Owers’ men climbed into the top half thanks to Andy Watkins’ close range header at Wealdstone on Monday, their first league win in two months. Resolute defending in the second half earned a seventh league win of the campaign, four of them by the odd goal. Tyler Harvey played 90 minutes on his return to the club and will be hoping to continue where he left off in terms of his last appearance at Twerton, where he memorably netted from 50 yards at home to Weston-super-Mare. City’s only confirmed absentee is Frankie Artus, who’ll be serving a one-match ban.
The aforementioned Weston game was played five days before City last travelled to Chelmsford. Harvey was on target again, but it was only a consolation in a deserved 3-1 defeat. The Romans have lost on their last three trips to the Melbourne Stadium, but fare better in Somerset - the Clarets haven’t won at Twerton since 2004.