Ten-man Clarets exit FA Trophy
Chelmsford City exited the Buildbase FA Trophy with a 2-1 defeat at home to Wealdstone.
Mike West’s clever flick from close range gave the hosts the lead but, seven minutes later, the hosts were reduced to ten men as Craig Braham-Barrett received a second yellow in four minutes and Daniel Green levelled from the spot after the wing-back was penalised for hand-ball.
Abobaker Eisa put the Stones ahead early in the second half when he controlled a sharp cross before netting from close range.
The opening stages saw the visitors dominate with chances galore, however Bobby Wilkinson’s side failed to convert any. Having run half the length of the pitch, Abobaker Eisa slid a shot into the side netting from close range. Then Mustaga Tiryaki headed low into Sam Beasant’s hands as he connected with a left-wing cross from Ciaron Brown.
But, following the visitors’ period of dominance, the Clarets took the lead after a superb attacking move. Chris Dickson showed tremendous fight to win the ball back on the right-wing, drilled the ball across the face-of-goal and West deflected the ball beyond Jonathan North at the near post.
However the drama was not yet over. Craig Braham-Barrett controversially received a yellow card after 26 minutes for simulation when he was tripped inside the area, then four minutes later he received a second yellow for deliberate hand-ball on the goal-line. And Green stepped up for the Stones when they were awarded a penalty, driving a low shot to right of Beasant.
The visitors attempted to have their numerical advantage greater when they crowded the referee following Ashley Miller’s foul, however whistler Ian Fissended refused to be deceived and brandished only a yellow card.
Wealdstone had one last chance to take the lead late in the first half when a corner was poorly cleared, however it fell to Sam Cox and dribbled comfortably wide for the Clarets.
Chelmsford started the second half brightly and twice came close to restoring their lead. West had a driven shot deflected agonisingly wide and then the hosts had a goal-line scramble hastily cleared.
Wilkinson’s men finally capitalised on their man advantage after 54 minutes. The Clarets were caught out in defence and a dinked cross to Eisa was controlled with his chest before stabbing beyond Beasant.
Rod Stringer made two changes as he searched for an equaliser, replacing Chris Dickson and Daniel Green with Shaun Batt and Scott Davies.
Green almost grabbed a third for the visitors but his weak curling shot was held comfortably by Beasant.
Stringer’s final throw of the dice for a leveller was the introduction of Kudus Oyenuga after 78 minutes, with the Clarets now playing with three outright strikers.
Batt came close when he cut-inside from the left wing before firing at goal, however his curling effort was held well by North.
The visitors then made their own change as the Clarets pressed, with Mustafa Tiryaki being replaced by Harry Goodger with seven minutes left for Chelmsford to get an equaliser.
But the Clarets were unable to replicate scenes from the original tie on Saturday, with Wealdstone holding on with all their might to progress to the next round at the expense of Chelmsford City.
1. Sam Beasant
2. Ashley Miller
3. Craig Braham Barrett
4. Max Porter
5. Christopher Smith
6. Mark Haines
7. Daniel Green
8. Matthew Johnson
9. Thomas Hitchcock
10. Christopher Dickson
11. Michael West
12. Shaun Batt (67’, on for Chris Dickson)
14. Kudus Oyenuga (79’, on for Thomas Hitchcock)
15. Scott Davies (56’, on for Daniel Green)
16. Luke Daley
17. Jake Jessup
1. Jonathan North
2. Edward Oshodi
3. Ciaron Brown
4. Taofiq Olomewewew
5. Matthew Day
6. Samuel Cox
7. Ryan Sellers
8. Jerome Okimo
9. Mustafa Tiryaki
10. Daniel Green
11. Abobaker Eisa
12. Harry Goodger (83’, on for Mustafa Tiryaki)
14. Daniel Fitchett
15. Luke Williams
16. Ricky Wellard
17. Matthew Whichelow
Chelmsford City: Mike West (24’)
Wealdstone: Daniel Green (31’, pen), Abobaker Eisa (54’)
Chelmsford City: Craig Braham-Barrett (26’, 30’), Ashley Miller (40’)
Wealdstone: Sam Cox (36’)
Chelmsford City: Craig Braham-Barrett (30’)
Half Time Score: Chelmsford City 1-1 Wealdstone
Full Time Score: Chelmsford City 1-2 Wealdstone
City Man of the Match: TBA