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Chelmsford City
Truro City
M Johnson (60'), C Dickson (79')
Full time
Sat 26 Aug 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - National League South Attendance 730

Second half Clarets defeat Truro City


Two second half goals from Chelmsford City saw the Clarets beat Truro City this afternoon.

Matthew Johnson's header on the hour-mark put the home side ahead after a dominant frst half.

Christopher Dickson's deflected shot on 79 minutes sealed the victory, Chelmsford's fourth of the season, and ensured the Clarets remained second in the League.

City boss Rod Stringer made two changes to the side that won at Wealdstone a week ago; Ashley Miller started for the Clarets instead of Elliot Omozusi, while Mark Haines occupied Chris Bush's spot after the defender signed for Ebbsfleet United on Friday.

The hosts almost found themselves ahead early on, but Michael Spillane could not keep his header down while Scott Davies' deflected shot forced an impressive save from Tom McHale.

Chelmsford continued their pressure in the search of an opener, but Dickson could only watch as his two chances went agonisingly wide.

The visitors had a rare chance of their own midway through the first half but Andrew Neal's shot was tame and easily dealt with by Sam Beasant.

Dickson almost had an early claim for the Goal of the Season award, but his impressive over-head kick from Johnson's cross was well held by McHale.

Beasant did well to tip Ed Palmer's curled freekick over the bar, with Mark Haines receiving a yellow card for the foul just outside the box.

Spillane's poor defensive header fell to the feet of Cody Cooke in the Clarets' box, however the White Tigers' striker was unable to net from close range.

Dickson marginally missed a golden chance to score as the ball flew milimetres past his head, but two minutes later the Clarets were ahead. A fierce curled corner from Michael West met Johnson's head and the midfielder powered a header home on the hour-mark.

The home side continued to dominate towards the end of the second half, with McHale being requied to stop Lee Barnard's low driven shot.

But the Truro goalkeeper could not stop Chelmsford's second. Substitute Anthony Church did well to pull the back to Dickson and the City striker applied enough pressure to beat McHale's one-handed attempt at a save.

Shaun Batt almost had a goal of his own but, after running the length of the pitch, a low save from McHale denied the City striker.

Chelmsford City:
1. Sam Beasant
2. Ashley Miller
3. Craig Braham-Barrett
4. Mark Haines
5. Michael Spillane
6. Scott Davies
7. Michael West
8. Matthew Johnson
9. Lee Barnard
10. Christopher Dickson
11. Kudus Oyenuga

12. Anthony Church (72', on for Scott Davies)
14. James Stevenson
15. Luke Daley
16. Shaun Batt (80', on for Lee Barnard)
17. Daniel Green (58', on for Kudus Oyenuga)

Truro City:
1. Tom McHale
2. William Palfrey
3. Connor Riley-Lowe
4. Ed Palmer
5. Ben Gerring
6. Jamie Richards
7. Tyler Harvey
8. River Allen
9. Andrew Neal
10. Cody Cooke
11. Ben Harding

12. Chris Todd
14. Stewart Yetton (80', on for Andrew Neal)
15. Arron Lamont (76', on for Jamie Richards)
16. Noah Keats
17. Niall Thomspon (76', on for Ben Harding)

Yellow Cards:
Chelmsford City: 43' Mark Haines, 46' Scott Davies.
Truro City: None.

Red Cards:
Chelmsford City: None.
Truro City: None.

Chelmsford City: 60' Matthew Johnson, 79' Christopher Dickson
Truro City: None.

Half Time Score: Chelmsford City 0-0 Truro City
Full Time Score: Chelmsford City 2-0 Truro City

Attendance: 730

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Key moments

Goal Matthew Johnson scores for Chelmsford City
Goal Christopher Dickson scores for Chelmsford City


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80:00 Sub Off
Lee Barnard is substituted off for Chelmsford City
80:00 Sub On
Shaun Batt is substituted on for Chelmsford City
79:00 Goal 2 - 0
Christopher Dickson scores for Chelmsford City
72:00 Sub On
Anthony Church is substituted on for Chelmsford City
72:00 Sub Off
Scott Davies is substituted off for Chelmsford City
60:00 Goal 1 - 0
Matthew Johnson scores for Chelmsford City
58:00 Sub On
Daniel Green is substituted on for Chelmsford City
58:00 Sub Off
Kudus Oyenuga is substituted off for Chelmsford City
46:00 Yellow Card
Scott Davies is yellow carded for Chelmsford City
End of period 1
43:00 Yellow Card
Mark Haines is yellow carded for Chelmsford City
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Chelmsford City
  • Truro City
  • 0
  • Mark Haines Yellow Card 43:00'
  • Scott Davies Yellow Card 46:00'
  • Daniel Green Sub On 58:00'
  • Kudus Oyenuga Sub Off 58:00'
  • Matthew Johnson Goal 60:00'
  • Anthony Church Sub On 72:00'
  • Scott Davies Sub Off 72:00'
  • Christopher Dickson Goal 79:00'
  • Shaun Batt Sub On 80:00'
  • Lee Barnard Sub Off 80:00'

Team selection

Beasant, Sam Beasant, Sam
Miller, Ashley Miller, Ashley
Braham Barrett, Craig Braham Barrett, Craig
Barnard, Lee Barnard, Lee
Haines, Mark Haines, Mark
Spillane, Mickey Spillane, Mickey
Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Matthew
Davies, Scott Davies, Scott
Oyenuga, Kudus Oyenuga, Kudus
West, Michael West, Michael
Dickson, Christopher Dickson, Christopher

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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