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Derry looks to FA Cup to kick-start season
12:23pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in Local Sport
CHELMSFORD City are creating enough chances to win games according to young loanee Gillingham front man Tom Derry.
Derry has targeted this Saturday’s FA Cup Second Qualifying Round tie at Biggleswade Town (3pm kick-off) as the ideal “turning point” for the Clarets’ season after a stuttering start in the Skrill Conference South.
Dean Holdsworth’s side lost 2-0 at Dorchester Town last weekend on the back of a previously promising midweek win by the same scoreline at title contenders Ebbsfleet United.
Tom believes the quality they exhibited in that win has always been there, and he wants to contribute to the score sheet again after converting in the final stages at Stonebridge Road.
“At Ebbsfleet we knew we simply had to get a result,” he explained, after Chelmsford recorded their second victory of the campaign.
“In the first half we played well then Rob Edmans scored his header and we knew we just needed to see the game out. Then I scored what was my first game in men’s football and we were buzzing.
“At Dorchester we thought we’d continue that form. Dean ordered us not to be complacent – and we weren’t – we just conceded early and couldn’t get a hold of the game.
“At the start of the season it was all about defending while we were scoring enough to compete, now we’ve stopped scoring and we’re still conceding. We’re creating enough chances, now we need to take them.”
City turn their attentions to knockout cup action this Saturday against Calor Gas Southern League Premier Division outfit Biggleswade, who emerged past Wingate & Finchley 4-3 in a replay after a previous 0-0 draw at the last stage.
Chelmsford are natural favourites, although Derry is well aware of the potential for an upset if they drop their guard.
He continued: “It’s going to be a tough game – especially as we’re away from home – but we’ll be as up for it as they will.
“If we can get a win it’ll breed extra confidence within the dressing room and it could be the turning point in our season.
“Confidence definitely isn’t a problem because we realise the potential and talent we have available. We’ve got a good squad and a good team. With a few tweaks, and a couple of wins on the spin, we’ll get there.”
Tom’s efforts in a Clarets shirt to date have already been recognised through a Supporters Club Player of the Month award and the accolade of Man of the Match for his displays in a friendly against Tottenham Hotspur and in the Skrill South against Concord Rangers in August.
He currently trains with his regular Gillingham youth and reserve team mates for four weekdays out of five, as well as linking up with the Clarets for two evenings a week.
He admits he was unsure about his summer loan move to Chelmsford at first, but claimed: “All us young Gills were put up for loan and I wasn’t certain exactly what would be involved, but this standard is better than it gets credit for.
“Dean came to watch our friendly against New York Cosmos and put in an approach, and we’ve taken it from there.
“Playing in the Conference South is much better than reserve team football because it’s more physical and it means a lot more. It’s been nice to play more regularly and the fans have been very supportive.”
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