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Chelmsford City
Gloucester City
K Oyenuga (2', 87')
Full time
Sat 5 Aug 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - National League South Attendance 811

Clarets victorious in League opener


Chelmsford City won their first opening League game of the season for the first time since 2010 with a 2-0 win over Gloucester City.

Kudus Oyenuga’s goal on two minutes put the Clarets in the ascendancy as he took advantage of a lapse in concentration. The result was then confirmed three minutes from time as the home debutant powered a header beyond the helpless Alex Harris.

Rod Stringer prepared for the League opener already knowing that Max Porter (toe) and Shaun Batt would be unavailable to play, however the Clarets boss fielded a strong team as he gave home debuts to seven of his summer signings.

The visitors also had their own selection problems, however, as full-back Lewis Hall and Tom Webb were forced out through injuries.

Gloucester City (H) 05/08/2017 (Vanarama National League South)
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Oyenuga put the Clarets one-nil ahead after just two minutes as he latched onto a loose ball. The City striker noticed Chris Bush’s long-throw sneak through the Gloucester defence and Oyenuga made no mistake by rifling home from close range.

The wind made play at the Melbourne Community Stadium turn very slow and broken-up however, as time ran it’s toll, the Clarets began linking up to create more chances.

Matt Johnson’s superb passing caused multiple problems for the visitors as he carved chances together for the Clarets. His through-ball for Oyenuga won the hosts another corner, however Stringer’s side could not capitalise as it was headed away.

Gloucester had a great chance to equalise when miscommunication between Sam Beasant and Anthony Church led to the City goalkeeper weakly punching the ball away. However Scott Davies was on-hand to hook the ball clear at the second chance.

Craig Braham-Barrett’s looping cross to the far post was almost rifled home by West, before Johnson’s through-ball for Oyenuga had too much pace to cause any problems.

The Clarets continued to control the game in the opening stages of the second half, with Chris Bush coming close for the hosts. But the tall central defender could not head home from close range from West’s delivery.

Oyenuga came close to doubling the hosts’ lead in the second half but he was unable to take advantage of Harris’ mistake as he sent a shot wide.

The visitors increased their pressure in the final fifteen minutes and looked the most likely to equalise, but luckily for the Clarets a resolute defensive line kept the scoreline positive.

Rod Stringer brought on Lee Barnard and Jonny Giles in an attempt to improve the current scoreline, and that’s exactly what happened.

Moments after coming on, and with three minutes left on the clock, Giles cut outside on the left wing, sent a cross to the far post where Oyenuga loomed and calmly sent a header into the bottom corner.

Next up for the Clarets is a trip to Welling United on Tuesday night in an attempt to get consecutive wins in the League.

Chelmsford City:
1. Sam Beasant
2. Elliot Omozusi (C)
3. Craig Braham Barrett
4. Scott Davies
5. Christopher Bush
6. Michael Spillane
7. Matthew Johnson (88’, replaced by Jim Stevenson)
8. Anthony Church
9. Kudus Oyenuga
10. Christopher Dickson (75’, replaced by Lee Barnard)
11. Michael West (80’, replaced by Jonny Giles)

12. Mark Haines
14. James Stevenson
15. Lee Barnard
16. Jonathan Giles
17. Luke Daley

Gloucester City:
1. Alex Harris
2. Keiran Thomas (C)
3. Kieran Parselle
4. Spencer Hamilton
5. Sam Avery
6. Darren Mullings
7. Joe Hanks
8. Karnell Chambers (46’, replaced by Reece King).
9. Ethan Moore (66’, replaced by Zack Kotwica)
10. Joe Parker (66’, replaced by
11. Edward Williams

12. Edji Mbunga
14. Zack Kotwica
15. Reece King
16. Robbie Cundy
17. William Morford

Yellow Cards:
Chelmsford City: Chris Bush (50’), Scott Davies (56’), Mike West (69’).
Gloucester City: Darren Mullings (58’), Reece King (67’).

Red Cards:
Chelmsford City: None.
Gloucester City: None.

Chelmsford City: Kudus Oyenuga (2’, 87’)
Gloucester City: None.

Half Time Score: Chelmsford City 1-0 Gloucester City
Full Time Score: Chelmsford City 2-0 Gloucester City

Attendance: 811

City Player of the Match: Kudos Oyenuga

Key moments

Goal Kudus Oyenuga scores for Chelmsford City
Goal Kudus Oyenuga scores for Chelmsford City

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90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Sam Beasant keeps a clean sheet for Chelmsford City
88:00 Sub Off
Matthew Johnson is substituted off for Chelmsford City
88:00 Sub On
James Stevenson is substituted on for Chelmsford City
87:00 Goal 2 - 0
Kudus Oyenuga scores for Chelmsford City
80:00 Sub On
Jonny Giles is substituted on for Chelmsford City
80:00 Sub Off
Michael West is substituted off for Chelmsford City
75:00 Sub On
Lee Barnard is substituted on for Chelmsford City
75:00 Sub Off
Christopher Dickson is substituted off for Chelmsford City
69:00 Yellow Card
Michael West is yellow carded for Chelmsford City
56:00 Yellow Card
Scott Davies is yellow carded for Chelmsford City
50:00 Yellow Card
Christopher Bush is yellow carded for Chelmsford City
End of period 1
2:00 Goal 1 - 0
Kudus Oyenuga scores for Chelmsford City
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Chelmsford City
  • Gloucester City
  • 0
  • Kudus Oyenuga Goal 2:00'
  • Christopher Bush Yellow Card 50:00'
  • Scott Davies Yellow Card 56:00'
  • Michael West Yellow Card 69:00'
  • Lee Barnard Sub On 75:00'
  • Christopher Dickson Sub Off 75:00'
  • Michael West Sub Off 80:00'
  • Jonny Giles Sub On 80:00'
  • Kudus Oyenuga Goal 87:00'
  • Matthew Johnson Sub Off 88:00'
  • James Stevenson Sub On 88:00'

Team selection

Beasant, Sam Beasant, Sam
Braham Barrett, Craig Braham Barrett, Craig
Omozusi, Elliot Omozusi, Elliot
Davies, Scott Davies, Scott
Bush, Christopher Bush, Christopher
Spillane, Mickey Spillane, Mickey
West, Michael West, Michael
Church, Anthony Church, Anthony
Dickson, Christopher Dickson, Christopher
Oyenuga, Kudus Oyenuga, Kudus
Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Matthew

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Havant & Waterlooville 42 86
2. Dartford 42 86
3. Chelmsford City 42 74
4. Hampton & Richmond Borough 42 72
5. Hemel Hempstead Town 42 70
6. Braintree Town 42 69
7. Truro City 42 69

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