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Chelmsford City v Maidenhead United preview
11:34am Friday 22nd March 2013 in Sport
CHELMSFORD City are optimistic that a promotion to allow Premier League and Championship season ticket holders into Saturday’s game for nothing will help to boost the crowd at Melbourne Stadium when the Clarets take on Maidenhead United in the Blue Square Bet South, kick-off 3pm.
Chairman Mansell Wallace has confirmed that supporters from the top two tiers are welcome to visit and watch their local club upon presentation of their season ticket at the turnstiles.
Fresh from a 6-0 win over Farnborough, City want the points to put distance between themselves and the teams from sixth downwards, and Mansell hopes any newcomers will opt to attend Clarets’ games more often.
“It’s an international weekend so there are no Premier League or Championship matches,” he said. “We’re inviting fans to experience football at our level, maybe for the first time, because non-league football has a lot to offer.
"It would be brilliant if we could add some new faces on the terraces to join our excellent fans and give us that final, important boost towards the end of the campaign.”
Manager Glenn Pennyfather could welcome wide man Anthony Cook back into the fold on Saturday.
“Cookie will be back, so that’ll give us another option there for sure,” he explained. “Our injury problems are starting to alleviate themselves a bit. Two games ago at Bath our bench consisted of our two young lads, Chris Duffy our physio and goalkeeper Danzelle. It’s tough when you’ve got no change.”
“But on Monday night I had Jamie Slabber and Donovan Simmonds back. It was great to see Donovan return after his long-term injury - and I’ve got a few options again. I’d like everybody to be available.
"I hope we’ve now come through our inconsistent bad patch and we can push on again and gradually get everybody back fit.”
Maidenhead were once considered as outsiders for a play-off berth, although they’ve tumbled and now have a relegation battle on their hands as they look over their shoulders.
They did, however, beat Chelmsford in the New Year with a late free kick to win 2-1, and Pennyfather will be taking them very seriously.
He added: “We’ve done our homework because we know they’re a good side. We got beaten by a rocket free kick not so long ago and Maidenhead are always a tough side to play against.
"They’re very athletic, well drilled and well organised. But we’re full of confidence after Monday night’s result.”