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Clarets look to end winless run against Bath City on Saturday

Having won both of their previous games, Chelmsford City look to continue their winning run by defeating Bath City on Saturday afternoon.

An opening day victory over Gloucester City put City on their way before Lee Barnard’s 82nd-minute penalty at Welling United secured successive victories.

It’s a different story for tomorrow’s hosts, however, with Gary Owers’ side heading into the fixture without any points on the League table despite playing two of the League’s newest members in their opening games.

The Romans opened their League campaign away to Bognor Regis, where they were beaten 3-2. Next up City hosted the first Somerset derby of the season, but Owers’ side were comfortably beaten 5-2 by Chippenham Town.

Team news

The hosts have not elected to play Nick McCootie since the striker picked up a knock during pre-season against Bristol Rovers, however they hope he will make a return on Saturday. Jack Compton is in line to make to his debut for the Romans but the club still await international clearance. The hosts may make wholesale changes to the squad that played on Tuesday night following the 5-2 home Somerset derby to Chippenham Town.

Max Porter remains out for the Clarets after injuring his toe during pre-season, while Shaun Batt remains in line to make his first-team debut for Chelmsford.

View from the two camps

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s long trip to Bath, City boss Rod Stringer said: “Bath is always a tough place to go. As long as we can get the coach to the go the right way unlike last time [when the Clarets turned up fifteen minutes before kick-off] and if we can play anything like we did tonight then we’ll be fine.

“We know they are big and strong and that they have signed some really good players and they’ll be another team that’s in and around it. We go there on Saturday with six points from six, confidence and we’ll make it very tough for Bath.”

Meanwhile Bath boss Gary Owers said to the Bath Chronicle the Romans supporters should expect wholesale changes after labelling his side’s 5-2 derby defeat “shambolic and embarrassing”

The City boss said: “There’ll be changes, I’m not having that now,” Owers said. “We came off the pitch at half-time at Bognor having to score three goals to win a game, and we came off the pitch again tonight the same.

“We’ve got a chance on Saturday, at home, against a good team to just go and compete. I’ll worry about Truro after that.”

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