Robbie Willmott: ’We will be fully focused on St Albans City’ - Chelmsford City v St Albans City - Preview
By Brian Jeeves
CHELMSFORD City’s creative midfielder, Robbie Willmott, insisted that the Clarets were now fully focused on ensuring at least a play-off place following their Buildbase FA Trophy third round replay exit.
Speaking after the Tranmere defeat at the Melbourne Stadium, Willmott, who has assisted no less than twenty-one goals this campaign, said: “We said after the Tranmere Rovers game that it would have been good to have stayed in the FA Trophy, but if it’s between the Trophy or promotion from the National League South, then we are always going to choose progress in the league.
“It was partly a distraction from the bread and butter but it’s over now so we will be fully focused on St Albans City.”
The 26-year-old was quick to point out that City had come up against a very good team in the shape of the Birkenhead outfit, adding: “Saturday was a bit better than Wednesday’s replay. However, we have shown that we can compete at a higher level against sides like Tranmere, who are going to be up there this season competing for the National League title. They clearly shouldn’t be a non-league club, they should be a Football League club, that’s what they are.
“But we will take the performances. We have had to work really hard. The work rate, heart and team spirit that we showed over the two games has been brilliant.”
Willmott continued: “Obviously, the boys are a bit down at the moment because we lost in that manner. They only had about six chances and they put four away. But the gaffer is upbeat, we will pick ourselves up. We will take everything into Saturday and hopefully pick up the three points.”
Looking forward to today’s huge clash, the former Newport County, Cambridge United and Luton Town man stated: “St Albans is a massive game. We are in the play-off places but we want to try to catch Dartford and Ebbsfleet United. Maidenhead United could slip up, you never know what might happen. Anyone can beat anyone and we want to make sure we take full advantage of any slip the other contenders might have.
“We will put the Trophy to bed now and set our sights on the St Albans game here at the Melbourne Stadium. There are not too many games left this season, but we will take every game as it comes and try to keep ourselves in the mix come the end of the campaign.”