Clarets jump to top with Essex Derby victory
Chelmsford City moved top of the Vanarama National League South table with a 2-0 win at Concord Rangers.
Scott Davies’ impressive 25-yard goal early in the second half set the Clarets on their way, while Lee Barnard netted twelve minutes from time to increase the advantage.
The visitors’ second half goals secured the Clarets a sixth win of the season, ensuring their spot at the top of the League table.
City went into the Essex derby knowing only a Braintree win against St Albans City could help them end the day on top, however they would need to defeat local rivals Concord Rangers to have any chance of taking pole position.
Rod Stringer made a number of changes to the side that defeated Truro City 2-0 on Saturday: Elliot Omozusi and Daniel Green started, while Ashley Miller and Kudus Oyenuga.
The closest City came to opening the scoring during the first few minutes was when Lee Barnard’s snapshot was impressively blocked by Jordan Brown.
Concord briefly threatened midway through the first half, but Lewis Taaffe was unable to keep his shot down after Jordan Cox chested the ball down. Cox had another chance to find the net in the final minutes of the half, however his ambitious lob went wide.
But it took just fifteen seconds inside the second half for the deadlock to be broken. Davies controlled well 25-yards out before nestling a low shot into the bottom corner.
The hosts almost levelled moments later when Matthew Johnson’s clearance fell to Steve Cawley, however the Beachboys striker aimed directly at Sam Beasant. Billy Roast’s header created another chance for the home side, but the midfielder headed over unmarked.
A momentary lapse in concentration saw Taaffe unmarked at the far post, however the Concord winger lost composure at the last minute and shot well over.
And the Clarets sealed the victory through Lee Barnard with twelve minutes left. A delightful cross from Davies on the right wing troubled Louis Wells and Barnard’s well-timed run connected with the delivery to ensure the three points would travel back to Chelmsford.
Cox almost had a late consolation goal for the Yellows but Harry Lee’s cross flew marginally over the physical striker.
The visitors almost grabbed a late third through Shaun Batt but after a driving run the tall front-man was unable to beat Wells, however the result had already been secured and City took advantage of St Albans City’s slip-up to take pole position.
1. Louis Wells
2. Lewis Knight
3. Jordan Brown
4. Harry Lee
5. Billy Roast
6. Matt Paine
7. Lewis Taaffe
8. Amos Nasha
9. Jordan Cox
10. Steve Cawley ©
11. Kyron Farrell
12. Louis Dunne
14. Adam Topley
15. Dexter Peter
16. Khale Da Costa
17. George Marsh
1. Samuel Beasant
2. Elliott Omozusi ©
3. Craig Braham Barrett
4. Mark Haines
5. Michael Spillane
6. Scott Davies
7. Daniel Green
8. Matthew Johnson
9. Lee Barnard
10. Christopher Dickson
11. Michael West
12. Anthony Church
14. Kudus Oyenuga (63’, on for Christopher Dickson)
15. Shaun Batt
16. James Stevenson
18. Ashley Miller
Concord Rangers: Harry Lee (51’), Lewis Knight (65’), Matt Paine (90+1’).
Chelmsford City: Craig Braham Barret (59’)
Concord Rangers: None.
Chelmsford City: None.
Concord Rangers: None.
Chelmsford City: Scott Davies (46’), Lee Barnard (78’).
Half Time Score: Concord Rangers 0-0 Chelmsford City
Full Time Score: Concord Rangers 0-2 Chelmsford City
City Man of the Match: Scott Davies