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J Rees (66')
Sat 29 Apr 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - National League South Attendance 420

Clarets Prepare For Play Offs With Away Draw

Chelmsford City finished the League campaign with a 1-1 draw away to Hungerford Town at Bulpit Lane

City went into the game knowing that they needed to just match Dartford's result at Poole Town to finish third, thus granting them a home second leg, but two late goals from the Darts on the seaside denied the Clarets after they drew 1-1 in Berkshire.

Josh Rees put the Clarets deservedly ahead with a sublime curling shot from range, but the hosts equalised against the run of play with an equally impressive free-kick from Louie Soares with ten minutes remaining.

Rod Stringer made two changes to the side that defeated Bath City 3-1 last Saturday: Mark Haines replaced Michael Spillane, whilst Josh Rees replaced Shaun Jeffers.

Hungerford Town (A) 29/04/2017 (Vanarama National League South)
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Neither side could grab a foothold in the opening stages at Bulpit Lane. But the Crusaders were forced into an early substitution as Alan O’Brien went off with a suspected hamstring injury, allowing Tom Meechan to enter the action.

Chris Bush almost put the hosts ahead as his mis-timed clearance almost went past his own goalkeeper, but Ross Fitzsimons was quick on-hand to deal with the sudden danger.

Midway through the half Luke Daley headed into the side netting after Robbie Willmott delivered a fine cross into the box for the full-back.

The two sides entered the half-time interval level, with neither side making any clear-cut chances to score.

Chris Dickson forced a corner off Lewis Ward as his low driven shot could only be fumbled for a set-piece, but the Clarets were unable to capitalise as it was headed out.

But City eventually took advantage of their superiority from set-pieces as Rees fired home after 66 minutes. The midfielder took a touch before unleashing an excellent finish into the top corner to put the visitors ahead.

The visitors continued to search for a second goal to consolidate their winning position, but the result at Poole meant the Clarets had indirect consolidation in their third-placed position.

Hungerford had loud claims for the visitors to be reduced numerically when Josh Hill fouled Tom Meechan in what seemed a goal-scoring opportunity.

But the hosts took advantage of the freekick, ten minutes from time, as Soares stepped up and curled past a dumfounded Fitzsimons.

The Clarets continued to fight through for a late winner, but two late goals at Poole meant that Dartford won 3-2 and snuck above Chelmsford into third on the final day of the season.

Hungerford Town:
1. Lewis Ward
2. Rhys Tyler
3. Louie Soares
4. Mike Jones
5. Matt Day ©
6. Scott Rees
7. James Clark
8. Ian Herring
9. Nathan Jarvis
10. Stephen Brown
11. Alan O’Brien
12. Harry Goodger
14.Warren Bentley (63’, on for Nathan Jarvis)
15. Kallum Thomas
16. Tom Meechan (5’, on for Alan O’Brien)
17. Jon Boardman

Chelmsford City:
1. Ross Fitzsimons
2. Joshua Hill
3. Luke Daley
4. Max Cornhill
5. Mark Haines
6. Chris Bush
7. Robbie Willmott
8. Anthony Church ©
9. Louie Theophanous
10. Chris Dickson
11. Josh Rees
12. Ashley Miller
14. Kane Haysman
15. Shaun Jeffers (68’, on for Louie Theophanous)
16. Elliott Buchanan (88’, on for Chris Dickson)
17. Max Porter (63’, on for Anthony Church)

Yellow Cards:
Hungerford Town: None.
Chelmsford City: Josh Hill (81’).

Red Cards:
Hungerford Town: None.
Chelmsford City: None.

Hungerford Town: Louie Soares (81’).
Chelmsford City: Josh Rees (66’).

Half Time Score: Hungerford Town 0-0 Chelmsford City
Full Time Score: Hungerford Town 1-1 Chelmsford City

Attendance: 420
Match Officials: Chris Pollard, assisted by Paul Quick and Georgy Bryne.
Man of the Match: Josh Rees

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Key moments

Goal Josh Rees scores for Chelmsford City

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88:00 Sub On
Elliott Buchanan is substituted on for Chelmsford City
88:00 Sub Off
Christopher Dickson is substituted off for Chelmsford City
81:00 Yellow Card
Josh Hill is yellow carded for Chelmsford City
68:00 Sub On
Shaun Jeffers is substituted on for Chelmsford City
68:00 Sub Off
Louie Theophanous is substituted off for Chelmsford City
66:00 Goal 0 - 1
Josh Rees scores for Chelmsford City
63:00 Sub On
Max Porter is substituted on for Chelmsford City
63:00 Sub Off
Anthony Church is substituted off for Chelmsford City
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Hungerford Town
  • Chelmsford City
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  • Max Porter Sub On 63:00'
  • Anthony Church Sub Off 63:00'
  • Josh Rees Goal 66:00'
  • Shaun Jeffers Sub On 68:00'
  • Louie Theophanous Sub Off 68:00'
  • Josh Hill Yellow Card 81:00'
  • Elliott Buchanan Sub On 88:00'
  • Christopher Dickson Sub Off 88:00'

Team selection

Fitzsimons, Ross Fitzsimons, Ross
Bush, Christopher Bush, Christopher
Hill, Josh Hill, Josh
Haines, Mark Haines, Mark
Willmott, Robbie Willmott, Robbie
Daley, Luke Daley, Luke
Church, Anthony Church, Anthony
Cornhill, Max Cornhill, Max
Rees, Josh Rees, Josh
Dickson, Christopher Dickson, Christopher
Theophanous, Louie Theophanous, Louie

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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