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Chelmsford City
Chippenham Town
C Dickson (44' Pen), E Omozusi (78')
Full time
Sat 3 Feb 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - National League South Attendance 727

Clarets at the double to end winless run

Chelmsford City ended a run of six league games without a win as they won 2-0 at home to Chippenham Town in the Vanarama National League South.

A Christopher Dickson penalty put the Clarets ahead just before half time, while Elliot Omozusi scored his first goal for Chelmsford from a corner to secure the victory and a welcome clean sheet.

"I'm delighted to get the win", said a relieved Rod Stringer to ClaretsTV. "We've had a really bad January in the league and it has been tough. As much as we've dropped points, we've had the energy to keep going here today and the boys have bought into that. Overall I thought we were outstanding."

Shaun Batt earned a free kick in the 18th-minute on the right side of the 18-yard box after he was taken out by Curtis McDonald. The Chelmsford faithful were demanded a red card for the Chippenham Town centre-back but referee Aji Ajibola only produced the yellow.

Chippenham Town (H) 03/02/2018 (Vanarama National League South)
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The Clarets thought they'd broken the deadlock in the 23rd-minute as captain Anthony Church poked home from a deep free kick but Ajibola ruled it out for a foul inside the box.

Dickson should have scored some five minutes later. A combination with Batt gave him a golden opportunity to shoot inside the six-yard box but he scuffed it.

Andy Sandell struck the woodwork for Town in the 32nd-minute, as his curling free kick from 20-yards left Jake Jessup motionless.

The Clarets earned a penalty just before half time, when Batt dispossessed McDonald on the edge of the box who then brought down the striker. McDonald was sent off for his second yellow card and Dickson buried the subsequent spot-kick for his 15th goal of the season.

City went in at the break leading for the first time since their last Vanarama National League South win at Welling United on 23 December. With the advantage on the score line and numbers on the pitch, The Clarets were looking good to finally break a bad run of form.

The Bluebirds were on the offense early in the second half, winning a free kick just outside the 18-yard-box and James Guthrie forced a smart save from Jessup.

Thompson made a good save in the 55th-minute from Michael Spillane, as the left-back opted to shoot rather than cross from the left side of the penalty area.

Chippenham captain Greg Tindle and Batt got into a scuffle after the former deemed the Clarets' striker to have gone down too easily and proceeded to yell at him, prompting players from both sides to pull the fracas apart. Ajibola defused the flare up and neither player was carded.

Dickson almost doubled Chelmsford's lead with an inventive strike in the 60th-minute, flicking Taylor Miles' cross just wide with his heel.

Chippenham nearly equalised through Scott Twine, who emulated Dickson's creative effort with is own back heel flick from close-range but it went over the bar.

The Clarets doubled their lead to almost guarantee victory in the 77th-minute, when Elliot Omozusi headed in from Miles' corner to claim his first goal for Chelmsford.

Jessup - who replaced 19-year-old on-loan Watford goalkeeper, Nathan Gartside - was resolute in goal for City all game and preserved his clean sheet with another great save in the 86th-minute as Twine smashed a shot towards his near post.

Substitute Scott Davies almost netted a screamer in the 93rd-minute, smashing a deflected shot from outside the penalty area.

Chelmsford City:

1. Jake Jessup
2. Cameron James
3.Craig Braham-Barrett
4. Taylor Miles
5. Michael Spillane
6. Elliot Omozusi
7. Jonathan Giles
8. Anthony Church (captain)
9. Shaun Batt
10. Christopher Dickson
11. Bagasan Graham

Substitutes:

12. Kudus Oyenuga (79' on for Shaun Batt)
14. Matthew Johnson
15. Daniel Green (85' on for Bagasan Graham)
16. Scott Davies (89' on for Christopher Dickson)
17. Mark Haines

Chippenham Town:

1. Jared Thompson
2. Dan Bowman
3. Curtis McDonald
4. Michael Jones
5. Greg Tindle (captain)
14. Darren Mullings
16. Scott Twine
8. Matt Smith
18. Nick McCootie
10. Andy Sandell
11. James Guthre

Substitutes:

12. Rob Patten (46' on for Andy Sandell)
9. Jake Jackson
17. Gary Horgan
19. Josh Smile (81' on for Nick McCootie)
17. Jason Matthews

Goal scorers:
Chelmsford City: Christopher Dickson (43' pen), Elliot Omozusi (78')
Chippenham Town: None.

Yellow cards:
Chelmsford City: Bagasan Graham (8'), Shaun Batt (60').
Chippenham Town: Nick McCootie (22'), Curtis McDonald (19',43')

Red cards:
Chelmsford City: None.
Chippenham Town: Curtis McDonald (43')

Half Time: Chelmsford City 1-0 Chippenham Town
Full Time: Chelmsford City 2-0 Chippenham Town

Officials:

Referee: Aji Ajibola
Assistant: Christopher Myatt
Assistant: Christopher Bodell

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Key moments

44:00
Scored Penalty Christopher Dickson scores a penalty for Chelmsford City
78:00
Goal Elliot Omozusi scores for Chelmsford City

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89:00 Sub On
Scott Davies is substituted on for Chelmsford City
89:00 Sub Off
Christopher Dickson is substituted off for Chelmsford City
85:00 Sub On
Daniel Green is substituted on for Chelmsford City
85:00 Sub Off
Bagasan Graham is substituted off for Chelmsford City
79:00 Sub On
Kudus Oyenuga is substituted on for Chelmsford City
79:00 Sub Off
Shaun Batt is substituted off for Chelmsford City
78:00 Goal 2 - 0
Elliot Omozusi scores for Chelmsford City
60:00 Yellow Card
Shaun Batt is yellow carded for Chelmsford City
End of period 1
44:00 Scored Penalty 1 - 0
Christopher Dickson scores a penalty for Chelmsford City
8:00 Yellow Card
Bagasan Graham is yellow carded for Chelmsford City
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As it happened

  • Chelmsford City
  • Chippenham Town
  • 0
  • Bagasan Graham Yellow Card 8:00'
  • Christopher Dickson Scored Penalty 44:00'
  • Shaun Batt Yellow Card 60:00'
  • Elliot Omozusi Goal 78:00'
  • Kudus Oyenuga Sub On 79:00'
  • Shaun Batt Sub Off 79:00'
  • Daniel Green Sub On 85:00'
  • Bagasan Graham Sub Off 85:00'
  • Scott Davies Sub On 89:00'
  • Christopher Dickson Sub Off 89:00'

Team selection

Jessup, Jake Jessup, Jake
James, Cameron James, Cameron
Omozusi, Elliot Omozusi, Elliot
Giles, Jonny Giles, Jonny
Spillane, Michael Spillane, Michael
Braham Barrett, Craig Braham Barrett, Craig
Graham, Bagasan Graham, Bagasan
Miles, Taylor Miles, Taylor
Dickson, Christopher Dickson, Christopher
Batt, Shaun Batt, Shaun
Church, Anthony Church, Anthony

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