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Saffron Walden Town
Chelmsford City FC
Tue 4 Jul 19:45 - Pre-season Full time Attendance 221

Clarets ease to opening friendly victory

Chelmsford City began their pre-season campaign with a comfortable 7-0 victory at Saffron Walden Town.

The Clarets got the game rolling straight away, limiting their hosts to a handful of chances of before taking the lead on three minutes. Michael Spillane rose highest in a crowded box to power a header past Neil O'Sullivan.

Five minutes later City had their second goal as Kudos Oyenuga knocked the ball past O'Sullivan after Michael West excellently won the ball from Perry Moody on the edge-of-the-box.

The Clarets had to wait slightly longer for their third goal but it eventually came just before the half-hour mark, with Oyenuga grabbing his second by heading home a right-wing cross from Luke Daley.

A much-changed City side began the second half, but the second set of Chelmsford players started just as quickly as in the first half as Kane Haysman put the Clarets four ahead. The tricky winger looked up from just inside the box and sent a low driven shot beyond O'Sullivan.

Eleven minutes later and City had their fifth. Chris Dickson was hauled down in the area and whistler Ryan Smith awarded the Clarets a penalty. Lee Barnard stepped up and calmly sent the Bloods' 'keeper the wrong way.

Jim Stevenson provided the Clarets' sixth as he tapped home from close range after a superb driven run from defender Chris Bush, before Dickson finally got the goal he had been so desperately trying to get - scoring City's seventh as he headed home a West cross.

Next up for the Clarets is a trip to Brentwood Town on Saturday as City continue their busy pre-season schedule.

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