Magnificent seven as Cup Clarets run riot against Ramsgate
Chelmsford City progressed in the Emirates FA Cup with an astounding 7-0 victory over Ramsgate.
Michael Spillane and Thomas Hitchcock grabbed goals late in the first half while the second half saw a hat-trick from Christopher Dickson, and goals from Jim Stevenson and Anthony Church, secure the Clarets’ place in the next round.
Rod Stringer named a changed eleven for the Clarets’ Emirates FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round tie. Ashley Miller, Luke Daley, Anthony Furlonge, Michael West and Hitchcock all came into the starting eleven, leaving Daniel Green and Kudus Oyenuga on the substitute’s bench while Spillane made a brief return from injury to sit on the bench.
Today’s visitors arrived at the Melbourne Community Stadium sitting third-from-bottom in their respective lead but, under the guidance of former Claret Lloyd Blackman, Ramsgate attempted to cause a cup upset.
Chelmsford’s first clear-cut chance came with just five minutes on the clock. Dickson held the ball up well for Church but the latter’s drilled cross was directed wide by a City striker.
The visitors almost took a shock lead when Daniel Lawrence controlled Jake Mackenzie’s cross superbly, however Furlonge quickly dealt with the danger.
Moments later it was the hosts’ turn to come close to scoring, but this time the Clarets were denied as Scott Davies’ curling freekick was saved well by Luke Watkins.
Dickson came close to netting towards the end of the first half but Watkins was on-hand, once again, as he got down quickly to deny the City striker’s header. Watkins remained important in keeping the scores level as a few minutes later he held onto Hitchcock’s close range shot before Hitchcock saw his effort strike the bar.
The hosts were forced into an early chance on 32 minutes when Spillane had to replace the injured Ashley Miller, however Spillane happily returned to action and showed no sign of a remaining injury.
It looked like it was going to be a difficult afternoon for Dickson as he could not get enough behind Daley’s cross to score in an open-goal, little did he know what would happen in the second half.
Eight minutes after coming on as a substitute, Michael Spillane broke the deadlock with a driven volley from Michael West’s corner to make the chances count on the scoresheet.
The lead was doubled soon afterwards as Hitchcock latched onto a loose back pass before rounding Watkins and tapping into an empty net, suddenly sending the Clarets into the half-time interval with a two-goal advantage.
Having directed a header straight at Watkins early in the second-half, Dickson took full advantage of his next chance as he stroked home Hitchcock’s rebounded shot to give the Clarets a three-goal lead and all-but-guarantee their place in the next round.
Dickson almost created a fourth when he drove forward before laying-off to West, however complacency from the winger saw him squander the chance as a fourth goal went begging.
But the score did not remain 3-0 for long as Jim Stevenson scored the fourth on 57 minutes. Coming from another West corner, the midfielder latched onto a rebound and made no mistake as he extended the home side’s advantage.
The home fans had to wait two more minutes before Dickson grabbed his second - and Chelmsford’s fifth - goal of the afternoon as he neatly headed beyond Watkins.
Davies and West both came close to scoring a sixth goal but their long range efforts both went wide in quick succession. But on 69 minutes the sixth goal was scored as skipper Church rose highest from another set-piece.
Dickson’s hat-trick was sealed on 81 minutes as he calmly netted his third but the Clarets’ place in the Third Qualifying Round had been confirmed long before.
The visitors almost grabbed a late consolation goal for their valiant efforts but it was not to be as Sam Beasant’s low outstretched save denied the Rams.
1. Sam Beasant
2. Ashley Miller
3. Luke Daley
4. Mark Haines
5. Anthony Furlonge
6. Scott Davies
7. Michael West
8. Anthony Church
9. Thomas Hitchcock
10. Christopher Dickson
11. James Stevenson
12. Daniel Green (71’, on for Michael West)
14. Matthew Johnson
15. Kudus Oyenuga (70’, on for Thomas Hitchcock)
16. Michael Spillane (32’, on for Ashley Miller)
17. Jake Jessup
1. Luke Watkins
2. Joe Kane
3. Jake Mackenzie
4. George Crimmen
5. Luke Wheatley
6. Oliver Gray
7. Tom Chapman
8. Daniel Keyte
9. Rory Smith
10. Daniel Lawrence
11. Alfie Paxman
12. Jack Penny (58’, on for Daniel Keyte)
14. Jake Munday (85’, on for Oliver Gray)
15. Jacob Mensah
16. Tijam Jadama
17. Billy Munday
18. Bradley Torrance
21. James King
Chelmsford City: 28’ Anthony Church
Chelmsford City: None.
Chelmsford City: Michael Spillane (40’), Thomas Hitchcock (44’), Christopher Dickson (48’, 59’, 81’), James Stevenson (57’), Anthony Church (69’)
Half Time Score: Chelmsford City 2-0 Ramsgate
Full Time Score: Chelmsford City 7-0 Ramsgate
City Man of the Match: Scott Davies