Striker’s chance to become instant hero

NEW Chelmsford City striker Warren McBean wants to make himself an instant hero by netting on his home debut in the derby against Braintree Town on Easter Monday, kick-off 3pm at Melbourne Stadium, revealing his desire to make an impression on his team mates in the massive crunch fixture.

NEW Chelmsford City striker Warren McBean wants to make himself an instant hero by netting on his home debut in the derby against Braintree Town on Easter Monday, kick-off 3pm at Melbourne Stadium, revealing his desire to make an impression on his team mates in the massive crunch fixture.

McBean signed on loan for the rest of the season last week and scored on his debut on Saturday, ironically at former club Bromley, in the Clarets’ 3-3 draw.

Speaking ahead of this big game, he said: “I had a brief spell at Braintree myself and know how much of a massive game this is. I want to impress and work hard for my team mates to earn their respect that I can play with them at this level. I have goal targets of my own but the aim is to try and get Chelmsford into the Conference National whether I score or not.”

He was also full of praise for his new club and claimed there wasn’t much of a decision to make once he knew the Clarets were interested: “Chelmsford create a lot of chances so I want to continue to do well and maybe get to 20 or 25 goals.


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“My agent spoke very highly of Chelmsford and, having played against them, I knew a lot about the team. The club has always played good football, has good players and facilities. There is a high tempo with quick, strong players and it is a team looking to go forward in the future.”

Chelmsford are unbeaten since January 25 in the league, including seven wins and three draws. But they will be without central midfielder John Martin, who continues to nurse a calf strain, while Mark Haines is unlikely to take part in the middle of defence due to illness. Rob Edmans will be under observation before the match for his own knock though Ben Martin, who was rested as a precaution at Bromley, should be fit to play.

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Braintree are in fourth place and hot on the heels of the Clarets, who moved down a place after the weekend’s draw, albeit with a game in hand. Robbie Garvey’s men are notoriously difficult to beat on their travels, the Cressing Road outfit having lost just three of their 19 away games in the Blue Square South, while they continued to impress at home with a 1-0 win over sixth-placed rivals Welling United on Good Friday.

Head coach Glenn Pennyfather, who insists City’s preparations for the fixture will be no different to any other, added: “This is a big game and I’m sure the players and the supporters will be looking forward to it. There will be added spice as it’s a local derby and there will be a big crowd getting behind us. Both teams will have players who haven’t experienced this match before and their adrenaline will be flowing at kick-off.”

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