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Billericay Town’s Glenn Poole desperate to set up derby tie against Chelmsford City
GLENN Poole says Billericay are fired up to dump “disrespectful” St Albans out of the FA Trophy tonight and set-up a mouth-watering clash with derby rivals Chelmsford in the next round.
The midfielder hit a brace – one a last-minute equaliser – to earn Town a 3-3 draw at Clarence Park on Saturday and a replay at New Lodge this evening for the right to face the now managerless Clarets at Melbourne Park.
Chelmsford parted company with manager Dean Holdsworth at the weekend following a disappointing start to the season, and Poole said he had little sympathy for the “mob up the road”.
He said: “The league table does not lie – they are not doing well enough.
“Chelmsford have been challenging in that division for a few seasons now so they need to be doing better.
“I don’t know Dean Holdsworth, but it was not working out for him, and when you see them losing 6-0 at home you know something is wrong.
“Hopefully we can now come through our match and set up a good looking game with them in the next round.”
Billericay were already looking to avenge a galling FA Cup exit at the hands of St Albans in September, but Poole revealed they already had an extra incentive following the weekend’s clash.
He said: “When they scored their third goal I heard one of their players say ‘curtains’, which I found a bit disrespectful. I made sure all our players knew about it afterwards.
“We wanted to beat them anyway, and things like that just act as a bigger motivation.”
St Albans will be praying tonight’s game does not go to extra-time with their huge FA Cup match with League Two Mansfield Town on Saturday.
And they’ll be weakened tonight with the loss of their main striker John Frendo, who was on target against Billericay on Saturday, but is suspended tonight.
Poole said: “We deserved a replay. I think they had three chances on Saturday and scored all three.
“I’m sure they’ll have one eye on their big game on Saturday, but we feel we can beat them anyway.”
Poole’s double on Saturday took his tally to six goals in the last seven games, and he’s feels he’s now back to something like his best form after taking a break from the game completely in September after losing the hunger to play.
He said: “I’m in a different place now and, as far as I’m concerned, my season really started when I came back at the start of October. Getting the goals is good because that’s always been a big part of my game, but I’m pleased with my form in general at the moment.”