City prepare to face Ipswich

CHELMSFORD City will run the rule over a number of additional trialists before pre-season is over, according to head coach Glenn Pennyfather as he prepares his squad for the visit of a side from Roy Keane's Coca-Cola Championship club Ipswich Town to Melbourne, kick-off 7:45pm.

CHELMSFORD City will run the rule over a number of additional trialists before pre-season is over, according to head coach Glenn Pennyfather as he prepares his squad for tonight's visit from Roy Keane's Coca-Cola Championship club Ipswich Town to Melbourne, kick-off 7:45pm.

City's final home friendly is one of their most attractive, with a decent crowd anticipated for the arrival of the Suffolk outfit, and Pennyfather is keen to make the most of what playing time left before starting the Blue Square South campaign at home to Bath City on August 8.

“We will be looking at players all the time, right up to the last week of pre-season, and we'll be taking a look at a couple more in the Ipswich game,” he claimed.

“The players we've signed already, though, are bedding down nicely for a new team and they're getting used to the system we will be playing. This game, then the ones on Saturday and Monday, will give us more knowledge of them to work with.”


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Precautions are likely to be taken on a number of those secured individuals against Town, however, with a number of players carrying slight knocks sustained in Saturday's 2-1 win at Canvey Island. Ollie Berquez is definitely out for a number of weeks with a broken bone in his foot but Simon Glover (neck), Ben Martin (back), Anthony Cook (knee) and Danny Hockton (knee) will be constantly monitored in the immediate future to ensure their minor injuries don't become more serious.

Last season, three first teamers featured for Ipswich as they were held to a 2-2 draw in City's first home warm-up game. Town's youthful side included Billy Clarke, Matt Richards and Dean Bowditch amongst their numbers and they contributed to an entertaining game which saw the lead swing in both directions before a total of four goals were eventually split evenly between the teams. Clarke and Bowditch netted for Town while Bertie Brayley and Danny Webb scored for the hosts.

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