Clarets won't take Concord for granted

Chelmsford City vs Concord Rangers, Tuesday 31st March 2009, , Kick-Off 7:45pm, Essex Senior Cup supported by B.B.C. Essex Final.Essex Senior Cup finalChelmsford City v Concord RangersThe London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Stadium, 7.

Essex Senior Cup final

Chelmsford City v Concord Rangers

The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Stadium, 7.45pm

CHELMSFORD City will pay full respect to their Ryman League Division One North opponents, Concord Rangers, at Victoria Road tonight for the Essex Senior Cup Final, but no player intends to add another runners-up medal to their mantle piece according to Head Coach Glenn Pennyfather.


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Last season the Clarets reached the last hurdle and were beaten by Southend United at Roots Hall where a single first-half goal from Hungarian defender Zoltan Liptak clinched the trophy for the Shrimpers in front of a bumper 2,991 attendance.

Now Pennyfather believes the frustration of that loss will spur the players on this time around, claiming: “It was disappointing not to win last season as we had good support there and I felt we produced a good display.

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“From the start of this year's Essex Senior Cup we said we were going to go one better and win it. It's a difficult competition to win but we've beaten some decent teams to get this far.”

Chelmsford have hit a patch of poor form in the run-up to the game against former Essex Senior League champions Concord, though Pennyfather is glad of some relief from the pressure of the Blue Square South campaign with the hope a night of cup glory could kick-start their season. “This will be a good game for everybody and it will create the feel good factor we need to generate right now,” he continued. “We had a great time last year and we're determined to put-in a good performance to get a good win which would lift our confidence.”

Rangers are a win away from a play-off spot in their own division with a game in hand.

Sam Sloma is cup tied for the Clarets having already appeared in the competition for Grays Athletic, while midfielder Jamie Hand is ineligible as a recent signing, though the rest of the usual squad is available for selection and Pennyfather anticipates the return of a couple of prominent faces after injury, revealing: “We hope to have Wardy fit for the game and it will be great to welcome Jeff Minton back after his thigh injury. He played with that injury for a few weeks before he missed a game because of it and it will be good to have his assured presence back in the team.”

Billericay's former Premier League official Andy D'Urso will be acting as Referee for the game, with Lloyd Wood from Dagenham and Adam Crysell from Braintree filling the two Assistant Referee positions.

Wickford-based John Hopkins will fulfil the role of Fourth Official. Admission through the turnstiles on the night will be priced at �8 for adults and �4 for concessions, with an extra �2 payable for a seat in the Main Stand.

Under 16s can also gain admission for just �1 if accompanied by an adult.

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