CHELMSFORD City have the opportunity to spring another knockout cup upset when they travel to face former Football League side Hereford United in the FA Trophy this Saturday and manager Glenn Pennyfather says his players are “full of heart” as they venture into the last 32.
Following the club’s extended exploits in the FA Cup this season, Pennyfather is planning more joy in the Trophy - a competition he’s highlighted in the past as one which the Clarets have a realistic chance of success in.
They’ll be the underdogs when they take on Martin Foyle’s team, who were in League Two as recently as last season, but Glenn is optimistic about his team’s chances of conjuring up another surprise result.
"They're a full time, professional side and we'll be looking forward to pitting our wits against them,” he explained.
“It's not going to be easy, we know that. But we'll go there full of heart and hopefully we can put on a performance again. The FA Trophy is a competition we'd like to do well in.
"We're into the last 32, we'll have a look at how our walking wounded are and hopefully we can go to Hereford, on a very big pitch, and put on a bit of a show."
He has several players’ fitness to monitor before making a final decision on his starting 11.
For Monday night’s game in the last round at home to Hampton & Richmond Borough he was without central midfielders David Bridges and David Rainford, while striker Jamie Slabber was injured during the warm-up after he took a knock the previous Saturday which he didn't recover from in time. There will also be other faces who require fitness tests.
"Up until a week or so ago we were in all four competitions we entered at the start of the season in December - and we still remain in three of those,” Glenn continued.
“We know the price of that, whether it's player injuries or suspensions, plus the physical and mental toll put upon them.
"You also get behind with league games, which we have been in recent years with our FA Cup runs, and you hope that momentum can carry you through."
Meanwhile, admission prices have been publicised in advance for the tie. Adults (21+) will pay £10, concessions (15-20) £5 and 14s and under £2. A date has also been set for any potential replay, which would be at Melbourne on Monday 17th December at 7:30pm.