Berquez is relishing clash with Clarets

Gazette: Maldon and Tipree's Berquez looks forward to welcoming former team Maldon and Tipree's Berquez looks forward to welcoming former team

OLLIE Berquez is relishing the prospect of facing former club Chelmsford City.

The midfielder and his Maldon and Tiptree team-mates play the Clarets in their opening pre-season friendly, on Saturday.

It promises to be a challenging start for Terry Spillane’s side, as they test themselves against the Conference South side.

And Berquez, who played more than 250 games for home-town club Chelmsford, has special reason to look forward to the Park Drive encounter (kick-off 3pm).

“Chelmsford are my old club and I’ve got great memories of my time with them,” said the 34-year-old, who started his career on the books at Ipswich Town and also played for Dagenham and Redbridge.

“We had some great success, winning a couple of promotions, including a league title, and also the Essex Senior Cup. I loved it there and am proud to be among their top appearance-makers.

“They’re also my home-town club.

“I grew up there, so it was always a real pleasure to pull on the shirt.

“It’ll be good to come up against them at the weekend.

“They’ve still got some very good players and will bring a strong side.

“It’s going to be a tough start to pre-season but good to kick-off with a tough test.”

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