Clarets to battle with Bath for FA Cup spot again
Chelmsford City will tussle with Bath City for a place in the Emirates First Round Proper on Monday night following a 0-0 draw at Twerton Park.
The Romans made an impressive start to the game as they threatened down the left wing, however Andy Watkins’ early cross was shepherded out of play well by Craig Braham-Barrett.
Bath’s tricky winger was involved in the early action once again as he cut inside on the edge-of-the-box, however his shot was dealt with well by Sam Beasant and the Clarets remained unscathed.
A small matter of millimetres separated the Clarets and the lead on thirteen minutes. Braham-Barrett skipped past Nick McCootie before delivering an inviting cross towards the far-post, however Dickson’s run was unable to connect.
Nat Jarvis’ downward header almost met McCootie’s run on 18 minutes and the Romans were almost left rueing their missed chance as Chris Dickson’s pull-back to Anthony Church was cleared off the line moments later.
The Clarets then came close to scoring again as Dickson slid the ball to Barnard who squeezed his way past a Bath defender before striking against the bar, Scott Davies then slipped as he tried to shoot from the rebound and Matt Johnson was left shooting well-wide.
Chelmsford continued to create more chances following their slow start and Dickson should have arguably squared the ball to Barnard but instead opted to shoot with his shot being held easily by Luke Southwood.
Barnard found himself through-on-goal as the half creeped to an end as he latched onto Dickson’s header through, however he lost composure at the last moment and blazed a shot well over the bar.
The hosts had a perfect chance to take the lead when Watkins latched onto Anthony Straker’s cross and weaved into the box before being dragged down by Elliot Omozusi. Jack Compton stepped up to take the spot-kick but was unable to score from the spot as Beasant dived to high right and punched the ball clear.
Ten minutes later and Southwood denied the Clarets from scoring as Daniel Green’s direct freekick was headed goalward by Church, but held well by the young goalkeeper.
Dickson once again had a great chance to take the lead when he ran onto Johnson’s through-ball, however he was unable to poke the ball past Southwood before a defender cleared the danger.
Green squeezed into space out on the right wing before delivering a cross into the box, however it was over-hit and the chance was wasted. But a minute later the Clarets had another attacked stopped for offside after substitutes Tom Hitchcock and Kudus Oyenuga had linked up well but Dickson was ruled offside.
Both sides went searching for an opener and Jarvis should have opened the scoring but he was unable to connect with Watkins’ drilled cross after beating Omozusi.
Tom Smith almost found the net late on in his home debut for the Romans but his curling effort was always going over after stepping inside.
But, as time grew old, both sides began to settle for a replay and either Chelmsford City or Bath City will have their place in the Emirates FA Cup First Round Proper confirmed on Monday night.