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Chelmsford City
Hungerford Town FC
M Spillane (6')
Full time
Sat 2 Dec 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - National League South Attendance 644

Late Hungerford equaliser frustrates Clarets

Chelmsford City were left rueing multiple missed chances as Hungerford scored a late goal to salvage a point in Essex.

The hosts took the lead after six minutes of the first half when Michael Spillane converted Chris Dickson’s header which struck the bar.

The Clarets continued to dominate the early stages but could not further their lead. Green’s fierce connection to Graham’s cross was dramatically blocked on the edge-of-the-box, then Hitchcock spun a shot agonisingly wide from Spillane’s knock-down.

Hungerford came close to levelling when a visiting player had their header beyond Beasant, only to have Green smash the ball away off-the-line. Then Clark came close, cutting inside before firing a shot into Beasant’s hands.

Hungerford Town (H) 02/12/2017 (Vanarama National League South)
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City edged themselves into a dominating position towards the end of the half, however the closest they came was when Hitchcock glanced a searching cross wide of the left post.

The second half started brightly for the hosts, but Green was unable to capitalise on some poor defending when he struck into the side netting from just a few yards out. Hungerford then came close when a teasing left-wing cross found its way into the box, however City got a vital touch and cleared the danger away.

Chelmsford continued to search for a second goal to consolidate their position however they were unable to convert their numerous chances. Dickson’s decision to pass inside to West proved a waste, then Miller’s strong shot was blocked from close range. Hungerford continued to press also, however, with the visitors looking most likely to score from a set-piece.

Substitute Assombalonga was deemed offside moments after he came on, however his shot hardly troubled Beauchamp as it dribbled wide anyway. The visitors came close twice late-on, however Beasant did well to save a low effort to his right before then palming a fierce shot over for a corner.

With five minutes left on the clock, the visitors finally equalised. Chelmsford were caught sleeping in defence and a drilled cross was rifled home by Meechan as Hungerford salvaged a late point.

Chelmsford City:
1. Sam Beasant
2. Ashley Miller
3. Craig Braham Barrett
4. Scott Davies
5. Michael Spillane
6. Christopher Smith
7. Daniel Green
8. Matthew Johnson
9. Thomas Hitchcock
10. Christopher Dickson
11. Bagasan Graham

Substitutes:
12. Michael West (56', on for Thomas Hitchcock)
14. Max Porter (81', on for Scott Davies)
15. Mark Haines
16. Shaun Batt
17. Christian Assombalonga (76', on for Bagasan Graham)

Hungerford Town:
1. Marcus Beauchamp
2. Rhys Tyler
3. Paul Stonehouse
4. James Rusby
5. Matt Williams
6. Richie Whittingham
7. James Clark
8. Anton Rodgers
9. Tom Meechan
10. Luke Hopper
11. Louie Soares

Substitutes:
12. Nicholas Bignall (56', on for Louie Soares)
14. Conor Lynch
15. Alex Fragata
16. Dan Bailey (77', on for Richie Whittingham)
17. Kallum Thomas (88', on for Rhys Tyler)

Goalscorers:
Chelmsford City: Michael Spillane (6’).
Hungerford Town: Tom Meechan (86').

Yellow Cards:
Chelmsford City: Christian Assombalonga (90+3')
Hungerford Town: None.

Red Cards:
Chelmsford City: None.
Hungerford Town: None

Half Time Score: Chelmsford City 1-1 Hungerford Town
Full Time Score: Chelmsford City 1-2 Hungerford Town

Attendance: 644
City Man of the Match: Bagasan Graham

Key moments

6:00
Goal Michael Spillane scores for Chelmsford City

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90:00 +3:00 Yellow Card
Chris Assombalonga is yellow carded for Chelmsford City
81:00 Sub On
Max Porter is substituted on for Chelmsford City
81:00 Sub Off
Scott Davies is substituted off for Chelmsford City
76:00 Sub On
Chris Assombalonga is substituted on for Chelmsford City
76:00 Sub Off
Bagasan Graham is substituted off for Chelmsford City
56:00 Sub On
Michael West is substituted on for Chelmsford City
56:00 Sub Off
Thomas Hitchcock is substituted off for Chelmsford City
End of period 1
6:00 Goal 1 - 0
Michael Spillane scores for Chelmsford City
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As it happened

  • Chelmsford City
  • Hungerford Town FC
  • 0
  • Michael Spillane Goal 6:00'
  • Michael West Sub On 56:00'
  • Thomas Hitchcock Sub Off 56:00'
  • Chris Assombalonga Sub On 76:00'
  • Bagasan Graham Sub Off 76:00'
  • Max Porter Sub On 81:00'
  • Scott Davies Sub Off 81:00'
  • Chris Assombalonga Yellow Card 90:00 +3:00'

Team selection

Beasant, Sam Beasant, Sam
Miller, Ashley Miller, Ashley
Spillane, Michael Spillane, Michael
Graham, Bagasan Graham, Bagasan
Smith, Chris Smith, Chris
Braham Barrett, Craig Braham Barrett, Craig
Green, Daniel Green, Daniel
Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Matthew
Dickson, Christopher Dickson, Christopher
Hitchcock, Thomas Hitchcock, Thomas
Davies, Scott Davies, Scott

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