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Chelmsford City
Bath City
M Spillane (85' Sent Off, 42'), L Theophanous (76'), Unknown (59' OG)
Full time
Sat 22 Apr 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - National League South Attendance 1,185

Ten-Men City Hold On For Maximum Points

Chelmsford City came from one-nil behind to beat Bath City 3-1 at the Melbourne Community Stadium.

Marvin McCootie gave the visitors the lead against the run-of-play on 13 minutes, seeing his initial shot saved before the ball smashed into his shin and beyond Ross Fitzsimons.

Chelmsford defender Michael Spillane scored his second goal in as many games in the 42nd minute, capitalising on a defensive mistake to equalise before the break.

Axel Andresson’s own-goal on the hour-mark put the home side ahead, directing Louie Theophanous’ wayward shot into the goal.

The City striker furthered the hosts’ lead after rounding Max O’Leary, before the Clarets were reduced to ten-men following a late tackle from Spillane.

The home side held much of the possession in the opening encounters, but the physicality of Bath’s Marvin Morgan proved a problem to handle.

Chelmsford came close when Theophanous controlled well on the by-line, but his drilled cross was cleared away by Chas Hemmings.

Shaun Jeffers provided an engine for the Clarets up-front, chasing down every ball that went in his direction, and his determination created the reward as he won a corner. However, the corner was headed out to Daley, who returned the pass to Jeffers who dragged his shot wide.

Bath almost doubled their advantage just before 20 minutes but an incredible one-handed save from Ross Fitzsimons denied Morgan’s free-header.

Robbie Willmott became the first City player to enter the book as Church impeded a Bath player, but the winger kicked the ball away and was penalised for his actions.

The Clarets came close to equalising on 33 minutes when Luke Daley fizzed a cross into the box, but the delivery evaded the runs of Chris Dickson, Louie Theophanous and Jeffers.

Willmott continued his form by causing trouble with his in-swinging crosses, but neither Chris Dickson nor Josh Hill could score – with the latter having his header cleared off the line.

The home side eventually converted one of their chances, three minutes before the half-time interval. Michael Spillane read a defensive error, took advantage of it and sent the Romans’ keeper the wrong way with an instinctive striker’s finish.

The Clarets took the lead for the first time in the afternoon as Theophanous’ wayward shot was diverted in by Skipper Andresson beyond his own goalkeeper on 59 minutes.

The visitors almost restored parity when a cross from the right wing smacked against the post, but Fitzsimons quickly brought an end to the danger.

But City extended their lead with fifteen minutes remaining. The Clarets broke with the ball seconds after the visitors had a penalty claim, and Theophanous rounded ‘keeper O’Leary before firing high into the goal.

The hosts already had a firm grasp on the three points but the task was made marginally more difficult when Spillane was given his marching orders. The City striker lunged into a tackle on Andy Watkins and Whistler Lloyd Wood sent him for an early shower.

Despite the sending off, the Clarets remained in control and successfully held on to secure the three points.

Chelmsford City:
1. Ross Fitzsimons
2. Josh Hill
3. Luke Daley
4. Max Cornhill
5. Chris Bush
6. Michael Spillane
7. Robbie Willmott
8. Anthony Church
9. Louie Theophanous
10. Chris Dickson
11. Shaun Jeffers

Substitutes:
12. Elliott Buchanan (84’, off for Chris Dickson)
14. Kane Haysman (66’, off for Shaun Jeffers)
15. Ashley Miller
16. Mark Haines (84’, off for Josh Hill)
18. Daniel Blanchett

Bath City:
1. Max O’Leary
2. Jack Batten
3. Mile Welch-Hayes
4. Chas Hemmings
5. Axel Andresson ©
6. Frankie Artus
7. Andy Watkins
8. Billy Murphy
9. Nick McCootie
10. Marvin Morgan
11. Naby Diallo

Substitutes:
12. Josh Hutchinson
14. Shaquille Hunter (75', on for Billy Murphy)
15. Lee Marshall
16. Jim Rollo

Yellow Cards:
Chelmsford City: 23’ Robbie Willmott.
Bath City: 49’ Axel Andresson.

Red Cards:
Chelmsford City: 85’ Michael Spillane.
Bath City: None.

Goalscorers:
Chelmsford City: Michael Spillane (42’), Axel Andresson (59’ OG), Louie Theophanous (76’).
Bath City: Marvin McCootie (13’).

Half-Time Score: Chelmsford City 1-1 Bath City
Full-Time Score: Chelmsford City 3-1 Bath City

Attendance: 1185

Man of the Match: Robbie Willmott

Referee: Lloyd Wood, assisted by Sean Kilbourn and Darren Knox.

Key moments

42:00
Goal Michael Spillane scores for Chelmsford City
59:00
Own Goal Own goal conceded by Bath City
76:00
Goal Louie Theophanous scores for Chelmsford City
85:00
Red Card Michael Spillane is sent off for Chelmsford City

Highlights

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85:00 Red Card 3 - 0
Michael Spillane is sent off for Chelmsford City
84:00 Sub Off
Christopher Dickson is substituted off for Chelmsford City
84:00 Sub Off
Josh Hill is substituted off for Chelmsford City
84:00 Sub On
Elliott Buchanan is substituted on for Chelmsford City
84:00 Sub On
Mark Haines is substituted on for Chelmsford City
76:00 Goal 3 - 0
Louie Theophanous scores for Chelmsford City
66:00 Sub Off
Shaun Jeffers is substituted off for Chelmsford City
66:00 Sub On
Kane Haysman is substituted on for Chelmsford City
59:00 Own Goal 2 - 0
Own goal conceded by Bath City
End of period 1
42:00 Goal 1 - 0
Michael Spillane scores for Chelmsford City
23:00 Yellow Card
Robbie Willmott is yellow carded for Chelmsford City
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Chelmsford City
  • Bath City
  • 0
  • Robbie Willmott Yellow Card 23:00'
  • Michael Spillane Goal 42:00'
  • Own Goal 59:00'
  • Shaun Jeffers Sub Off 66:00'
  • Kane Haysman Sub On 66:00'
  • Louie Theophanous Goal 76:00'
  • Christopher Dickson Sub Off 84:00'
  • Josh Hill Sub Off 84:00'
  • Elliott Buchanan Sub On 84:00'
  • Mark Haines Sub On 84:00'
  • Michael Spillane Red Card 85:00'

Team selection

Fitzsimons, Ross Fitzsimons, Ross
Hill, Josh Hill, Josh
Bush, Christopher Bush, Christopher
Spillane, Michael Spillane, Michael
Daley, Luke Daley, Luke
Church, Anthony Church, Anthony
Cornhill, Max Cornhill, Max
Willmott, Robbie Willmott, Robbie
Theophanous, Louie Theophanous, Louie
Dickson, Christopher Dickson, Christopher
Jeffers, Shaun Jeffers, Shaun

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Maidenhead United 42 98
2. Ebbsfleet United 42 96
3. Dartford 42 84
4. Chelmsford City 42 82
5. Poole Town 42 71
6. Hungerford Town 42 70
7. Hampton & Richmond Borough 42 69

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