A happy Mark Hawkes spoke of his delight as his Chelmsford side held the runaway league leaders Ebbsfleet United to a 0-0 draw in the Vanarama National League South at Melbourne Stadium.
The Clarets resisted numerous Fleet attacks to gain a hard-earnt point against very tough opposition.
The visitors had the ball in the back of the net early on as Danny Haynes passed across goal but the oncoming Jordan Parkes was seen as offside and the goal didn’t count.
Fleet, later in the first half, then hit the crossbar as Barnsley loan goalkeeper pushed a fierce Danny Kedwell freekick onto the crossbar with a fingertip save to keep the Clarets in the game.
“It’s a great point for us today. With the side, not the players we put in, the side we had to pick we had to change from last week.”
“We rode our luck a little bit towards the end but the work rate and the work ethic and commitment kept our shape.”
City were forced into a substitution inside the first ten minutes as Mark Haines was forced off with a head injury. It’s was just Haines’ luck as he returned from an injury to play against the Fleet having missed out on the last three matches for the Clarets.
“It’s hard because we’ve worked Thursday on it and we played a game for 20-25 minutes on Thursday with the shape and the personnel we wanted to play today and within minutes its gone pear-shaped.”
The Clarets have been troubled a lot so far this season with the side being dampened with plenty of injuries as the Clarets’ top scorer Billy Bricknell, who was injured in the derby win over Concord Rangers, Luke Daley, Mark Haines and Tomi Adeloye have all been forced to take breaks from football with injuries.
But, the Clarets boss is hopeful about Billy Bricknell returning to the team very soon, possibly the next home match against Truro City on Saturday 7th November.
“Billy’s done one week of training, he’s going to do another night in the gym and have another X-Ray on Wednesday to see how it’s healed and if it’s healed up ok he’ll be back training on Thursday. I think he’ll be missing one more week and then he’ll be available for selection.”
Next up for City is a long trip to Bath City who sit just above Chelmsford in the league table in sixth place.
“I expect a very difficult game, it’s hard travelling to Bath. It’s a long journey to sit on the coach for four hours.”
“They won six out of six at the start of the season but haven’t for five games at the moment but it’ll be a very difficult game.”
“We’ll go up there, we’ve kept what I think is the best team in the division at bay – twice – and if we can do it against this team we can do it against other teams.”