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Chelmsford City FC
Bath City
M West (50')
Full time
Mon 16 Oct 19:30 - Cup

Clarets progress in Emirates FA Cup

Chelmsford City navigated a tricky home replay with Bath City to reach the Emirates FA Cup First Round Proper.

Mike West scored the eventual winner as he latched onto a low cross from Danny Green to drive a driven shot beyond Luke Southwood into the far corner.

The Chelmsford Chief was forced to make one change to the side that drew at Twerton Park at the weekend due to injury as Chris Dickson sat out, while Scott Davies and Max Porter also sat on the bench as Kudus Oyenuga and Jim Stevenson were both granted starts.

With both sides finding out their eventual destination prior to the game, neither side appeared to fancy the trip to the North as opposite numbers Sam Beasant and Luke Southwood were rarely threatened in the opening stages.

Anthony Church’s bundled shot was cleared off the line by the visitors, and the Romans then had a chance of their own as they burst forward on the counter and a low Andy Watkins cross was turned over the crossbar by Craig Braham-Barrett.

Then, with just thirteen minutes on the clock, the Clarets were forced into an early change as Church was left on the floor following a tackle. Leaving the Management Team no choice but to swap the midfielder with Scott Davies.

Chelmsford came forth once again but their inaccuracy cost them as Green shot well over before West then forced Southwood into a low save midway through the first half. Nat Jarvis’ downward header caused havoc in the Clarets’ box as he directed Jack Compton’s freekick across goal, however a Roman was unable to get the conclusive touch.

Green once again threatened as Chelmsford looked most likely to score down the left wing, with the winger beating Amankwaah to the loose ball before poking agonisingly wide.

However the home side eventually took control of the game when a loose cross from the right wing dribbled across the pitch to West who instinctively snuck inside and nestled a shot into the far corner.

Straker almost drew the Romans level however his poked effort went wide moments before Watkins fluffed his chance and shot wide in-front of an open goal.

The Clarets almost doubled their lead with twelve minutes left as Green’s cross was delicately passed back across goal by West, but the visitors were on-hand to clear the danger.

As time began to run-out the Romans changed to an attacking style of play with the introduction of substitute George Rigg, however the Somerset side could not grab a late equaliser as Chelmsford progressed to the First Round Proper for the first time since 2012.

Key moments

50:00
Goal Michael West scores for Chelmsford City FC

Highlights

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81:00 Sub On
Matthew Johnson is substituted on for Chelmsford City FC
81:00 Sub Off
Daniel Green is substituted off for Chelmsford City FC
58:00 Yellow Card
Lee Barnard is yellow carded for Chelmsford City FC
50:00 Goal 1 - 0
Michael West scores for Chelmsford City FC
End of period 1
17:00 Sub On
Scott Davies is substituted on for Chelmsford City FC
17:00 Sub Off
Anthony Church is substituted off for Chelmsford City FC
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As it happened

  • Chelmsford City FC
  • Bath City
  • 0
  • Scott Davies Sub On 17:00'
  • Anthony Church Sub Off 17:00'
  • Michael West Goal 50:00'
  • Lee Barnard Yellow Card 58:00'
  • Matthew Johnson Sub On 81:00'
  • Daniel Green Sub Off 81:00'

Team selection

Beasant, Sam Beasant, Sam
Omozusi, Elliot Omozusi, Elliot
Smith, Chris Smith, Chris
Spillane, Michael Spillane, Michael
Braham Barrett, Craig Braham Barrett, Craig
Stevenson, James Stevenson, James
Church, Anthony Church, Anthony
Green, Daniel Green, Daniel
West, Michael West, Michael
Oyenuga, Kudus Oyenuga, Kudus
Barnard, Lee Barnard, Lee

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