Are City short up top?

Last night’s 1-1 draw at Hampton & Richmond Borough left many Clarets fans frustrated at a lack of firepower up front, which may have otherwise seen the game off and secured Rod Striner’s side all three points. So do Chelmsford need some new striking options?

Let’s take a look at some of the arguments for each side:

The Arguments For

  • After 9 games, only 2 sides outside the relegation zone have scored fewer goals than City (the lowest of all being last night’s opponents with a modest return of just 8).
  • Of our 12 goals, 3 of those have come from the penalty spot
  • We’ve scored just 4 times at home in 4 games, compared to 8 goals on our travels
  • We’ve not scored more than 2 goals in a game so far this season
  • On average, the club’s strikers are managing around 1 goal every 3 games, with the exception of Shaun Batt who’s yet to find the net in his 3 appearances.

The Arguments Against

  • Only 2 non-strikers have found the net this (Davies and Johnson, once each). Does the problem therefore lie further back?
  • A strong defence is just as important as potent strikers. City have the best defence (just 4 goals conceded) by some distance in the whole division.
  • The right combination has yet to be found. The quality is there but new partnerships take time.
  • The supply from midfield is not there – there is no Robbie Willmott equivalent in the side

It has to be said the arguments “for” provide some hard facts that are difficult to ignore. That said, there is more to this than just statistics and numbers. To use one of the single most annoying cliches in football; a new team does need time to gel and the side does like a Willmott-esque creative midfielder to supply the front line.

However, there’s no denying that the forwards are getting the opportunities in games and simply just failing to convert their chances, something which can’t simply be ignored. One particular disappointing has to be the slow start of Shaun Batt, brought to the club as the Supporters Club’s “Twelfth Man” and yet to make any real impact. The former Barnet, Leyton Orient and Millwall man has struggled to nail down a regular spot in the team and when on the pitch has seldom shown the ability to impact games as much as Clarets fans had hoped.

It’s not easy to pick up 20-goal-a-season strikers at the best of times, but with the season so young, that task is near-on impossible and it is highly unlikely that there will be anyone available at present, without the club having to spend big bucks that it simply does not have to spend at present.

For the time being at least, it looks like we will have to make do with the current line up and hope that our forwards start finding the net more consistently than they have managed so far this campaign.

It’s far too early in the season to panic and let’s not forget that we are still top of the table for the time being, so a little patience and the usual Clarets support will hopefully spur the team back to winning ways this weekend as we welcome Weston-Super-Mare to Melbourne Stadium. Consequently, the Seagulls put 5 past Wealdstone last night. Make of that what you will…