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Chelmsford City
East Thurrock United
R Murphy (43')
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Chelmsford City 1-0 East Thurrock United


The Clarets hold on to secure all 3 points against Essex rivals, East Thurrock United.

Chelmsford were victorious over East Thurrock United, thanks to a late goal in the first half from striker, Rhys Murphy; his 22nd goal of the season.

There were very few chances in the first half, with Rhys Murphy and Sam Higgins looking the most likely to break the deadlock for both sides.

City started brightly after Rhys Murphy was played in behind the East Thurrock United defence, however, Steve Sheehan produced a great sliding tackle to prevent the striker from shooting at goal.

Chris Whelpdale then headed wide for City before Jonny Giles also saw an effort from outside the box go over the bar.

Both sides had goals ruled out for offside, with Rhys Murphy first being flagged offside after being played through by Chris Whelpdale and finishing past Jack Giddens, followed by East Thurrock’s Danny Harris crossing in for Sam Higgins, who was unmarked and headed past McDonald. Celebrations for both were premature.

Adrian Cascaval came close to giving Chelmsford the lead after heading just wide at the back post through a Jonny Giles corner, before Higgins came close for the visitors, fizzing a shot just wide of the post, leaving Nathan McDonald rooted to his spot.

East Thurrock had penalty shouts waved away by the referee in the 38th minute after Sam Higgins went down in the box after a Rocks free-kick into the Chelmsford penalty area.

Chelmsford City took the lead through Rhys Murphy in the 43rd minute. City won a corner and Jonny Giles whipped in a cross and the ball found its way to Mickey Spillane, whose effort was deflected and Rhys Murphy was the first to react to tap the ball in at close range.

East Thurrock should have equalised early on in the second half after Steve Sheehan somehow put the ball over with an open goal in front of him in the 50th minute.

Chelmsford had two good opportunities to double their lead with Jonny Giles hitting the crossbar through a free-kick in the 65th minute and Rhys Murphy shooting over from close range after some excellent skill to beat his men on the 70th.

East Thurrock started putting more pressure on towards the end, getting lots of balls into the box. Nathan McDonald was forced into action in the 84th minute, having to twice punch the ball clear before Tom Wraight cleared off the line.

Chris Whelpdale almost sealed the win late on after he cut inside onto his left-foot, but saw his effort go just wide. Chelmsford were able to hold firm and claim all 3 points.

Attendance: 1,358

Man of the Match: Jonny Giles


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Key moments

Goal Rhys Murphy scores for Chelmsford City

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90:00 +5:00 Player of the Match
Jonny Giles is awarded player of the match for Chelmsford City
90:00 +5:00 Yellow Card
Sam Higgins is yellow carded for East Thurrock United
90:00 +3:00 Yellow Card
Steve Sheehan is yellow carded for East Thurrock United
88:00 Sub On
Taylor Miles is substituted on for Chelmsford City
88:00 Sub Off
Rhys Murphy is substituted off for Chelmsford City
82:00 Sub Off
Sam Ashford is substituted off for East Thurrock United
82:00 Sub On
Shaun Batt is substituted on for East Thurrock United
79:00 Sub Off
Adrian Cascaval is substituted off for Chelmsford City
79:00 Sub On
Aaron Cosgrave is substituted on for Chelmsford City
74:00 Sub Off
Reece Prestedge is substituted off for East Thurrock United
74:00 Sub On
Jon Nzengo is substituted on for East Thurrock United
66:00 Yellow Card
Jordan Chiedozie is yellow carded for Chelmsford City
64:00 Yellow Card
Ben Marlow is yellow carded for East Thurrock United
62:00 Sub Off
Scott Fenwick is substituted off for Chelmsford City
62:00 Sub On
Jordan Chiedozie is substituted on for Chelmsford City
52:00 Yellow Card
Max Porter is yellow carded for Chelmsford City
End of period 1
43:00 Goal 1 - 0
Rhys Murphy scores for Chelmsford City
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Chelmsford City
  • East Thurrock United
  • 0
  • Rhys Murphy Goal 43:00'
  • Max Porter Yellow Card 52:00'
  • Jordan Chiedozie Sub On 62:00'
  • Scott Fenwick Sub Off 62:00'
  • Ben Marlow Yellow Card 64:00'
  • Jordan Chiedozie Yellow Card 66:00'
  • Jon Nzengo Sub On 74:00'
  • Reece Prestedge Sub Off 74:00'
  • Adrian Cascaval Sub Off 79:00'
  • Aaron Cosgrave Sub On 79:00'
  • Shaun Batt Sub On 82:00'
  • Sam Ashford Sub Off 82:00'
  • Taylor Miles Sub On 88:00'
  • Rhys Murphy Sub Off 88:00'
  • Steve Sheehan Yellow Card 90:00 +3:00'
  • Sam Higgins Yellow Card 90:00 +5:00'

Team selection

McDonald, Nathan McDonald, Nathan
Omozusi, Elliot Omozusi, Elliot
Spillane, Mickey Spillane, Mickey
Giles, Jonny Giles, Jonny
Cascaval, Adrian Cascaval, Adrian
Wraight, Tom Wraight, Tom
Whelpdale, Chris Whelpdale, Chris
Church, Anthony Church, Anthony
Murphy, Rhys Murphy, Rhys
Fenwick, Scott Fenwick, Scott
Porter, Max Porter, Max
East Thurrock United
  • 1. Jack Giddens
  • 2. Lee Burns
  • 3. Ibrahim Sori-Dialio
  • 4. Ben Marlow
  • 5. Ryan Scott
  • 6. Steve Sheehan
  • 7. Danny Harris
  • 8. Reece Prestedge
  • 9. Sam Higgins
  • 10. Alex Osborn
  • 11. Sam Ashford
  • 12. Shaun Batt
  • 13. Jon Nzengo
  • 14. Yasar Oguz

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Torquay United 42 88
2. Woking 42 78
3. Welling United 42 76
4. Chelmsford City 42 72
5. Bath City 42 71
6. Concord Rangers 42 70
7. Wealdstone 42 66

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