Palmer: We're going all out for Woking win

CHELMSFORD City’s players are thinking about nothing other than victory on Saturday when they host champions Woking at home.

Left-back Aiden Palmer has also pointed out his team mates are desperate to get Glenn Pennyfather’s side promoted so they can become “legends” at Melbourne Stadium.

The Clarets will have one eye on Basingstoke Town’s result at Welling United, as they look to secure a two-legged play-off semi-final against Dartford.

City entertain the Cards in their own last game, knowing a victory would give them the best possible chance of qualification.

Dover Athletic are also lurking as rank outsiders in seventh and Palmer believes the point from a 1-1 draw at Eastleigh last weekend could be precious.

“We needed to win that game and we were all over them at times,” said the former Leyton Orient youngster.

“The point could come in handy and it might be crucial at the end of the season. Now we face Woking and it’s going to be tough.

“They’re the champions already, but they’re not going to put a weak team out because they’ve played us twice and not beaten us yet.

“If we’d have beaten Salisbury then this would all be a lot simpler but we didn’t, so we have to go out there and give it our all as we need to win.

“We’ll be in the play-offs on Saturday and we’re going to win them because we want to make ourselves legends at the club.”

Palmer linked-up with Chelmsford in June and has only missed one Essex Senior Cup game in all competitions.

He’s been part of one of the club’s most settled defences for many years and was among the front runners in the recent Player of the Year vote. He said: “I want to play in every single game.

“To be the best you can be, you have to play and train as much as you can.

“I feel like I’ve not been playing my best recently, and that goes for the whole team, as we’ve lacked a bit of confidence.

“I don’t expect to play in every game, as we have other players who can play at left-back, but I work very hard. We have some great defenders with Football League experience and Players of the Year and we all talk.

“I’m pleased I’ve scored four goals so far, as I targeted two at the start of the season.

“One of the real highlights of my season so far was when I scored against AFC Telford in the FA Cup and getting as far as we did against Macclesfield Town was a great achievement.”

Aiden predominantly made his name at Orient between 2004 and 2009, appearing in 47 games, mostly in Football League One.

He went on loan to Dagenham & Redbridge for several matches before joining Bishop’s Stortford for 2009/10 and was reunited with ex-Orient boss Martin Ling in January of that season at Cambridge United in the Conference National. That was prior to rejoining Stortford and earning a trial with Watford last season.

He recalled: “I was at Orient from the age of nine. Back at the start it was just fun, but I got offered a contract quickly when I was old enough and when you play in the YTS it becomes more serious as it’s then your job too.

“That’s where I learned my trade and there’s no better feeling than doing something you love every day. Right now my priority is getting Chelmsford promoted.”

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