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Chelmsford City
Bognor Regis Town
Sat 2 Sep 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - National League South Full time Attendance 898

Wasteful Clarets take point against Bognor

A number of missed chances mixed with Bognor Regis Town’s stubborn defending saw Chelmsford City take just a point with a 0-0 draw.

The Clarets went into the League game top of the League on goal difference, however the League newcomers played out a strong defensive performance to limit City.

Chelmsford managed to have nineteen chances to score, however only five hit the target.

Things started quickly for the Clarets as they looked to break down the visitors through Daniel Green and Craig Braham Barrett’s blistering pace down the wings, however an injury to Michael Spillane saw Ashley Miller enter the fray and it proved an early chance that affected the Clarets.

Bognor Regis Town (H) 02/09/2017 (Vanarama National League South)
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The home side had plenty of chances in the Rocks’ final third, but their possessive style of football ran the hosts’ energy down but also created a few of their own problems.

Michael West’s smart turn on the edge-of-the-box after a defensive error saw his fierce shot palmed away by Dan Lincoln, while Mark Haines could not keep the ball on the pitch after tackling former Claret Sami El-Abd on the byline.

A low driven shot from the visitors showed slight glimpses of what they could do when they attacked, but the shot was well off-target and Sam Beasant was forced to go and collect the ball.

West came close to opening the scoring as his low shot dribbled wide then, moments later, Matt Johnson could only watch his low driven shot go wide from Christopher Dickson’s pass.

City added to their shots off-target counter more as the second half rolled on. Lee Barnard’s head came milimetres from turning Johnson’s deflected shot in, while Dickson somehow headed wide of the goal from close range.

Miller was forced into making a clearance as substitute Jimmy Muitt pushed forward, however the final danger was neutralised as City stood firm.

Midfield maestro Scott Davies continued to create chances and he almost carved open the Rocks’ defence when Joe Lea and Doug Tuck clashed, however Barnard leant too far back and headed well over at the far post.

West came close again as his rifled volley flew inches wide of the post with Lee Barnard hanging, however it was another missed opportunity as the ball refused to go over the line.

Bognor claimed for a late penalty as Mark Haines was involved in a tussle in additional time, however Whistler Declan Bourne turned the light-hearted calls away.

Chelmsford City:
1. Sam Beasant
2. Elliott Omozusi ©
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. Daniel Green

12. Anthony Church
14. James Stevenson
15. Ashley Miller (17’, on for Michael Spillane)
16. Kudus Oyenuga (67’, on for Lee Barnard)
17. Aaron Greene (64’, on for Daniel Green)

Bognor Regis Town:
1. Dan Lincoln
2. Clavin Davies
3. James Crane
4. Doug Tuck
5. Sami El-Abd
6. Chad Field
7. Joe Lea
8. Dan Beck
9. Chinedu McKenzie
10. Alex Parsons
11. Ben Swallow

12. Harvey Whyte
14. Jimmy Wild (78’, on for Alex Parsons)
15. Jimmy Muit (54’, on for Chinedu McKenzie)
16. Pat Suraci
17. Lewis Boughton

Yellow Cards:
Chelmsford City: None.
Bognor Regis Town: 73’ Jimmy Muitt.

Red Cards:
Chelmsford City: None.
Bognor Regis Town: None.

Chelmsford City: None.
Bognor Regis Town: None.

Half Time Score: Chelmsford City 0-0 Bognor Regis
Full Time Score: Chelmsford City 0-0 Bognor Regis

Attendance: 898
Man of the Match: Mark Haines

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67:00 Sub On
Kudus Oyenuga is substituted on for Chelmsford City
67:00 Sub Off
Lee Barnard is substituted off for Chelmsford City
64:00 Sub On
Aaron Greene is substituted on for Chelmsford City
64:00 Sub Off
Daniel Green is substituted off for Chelmsford City
End of period 1
17:00 Sub On
Ashley Miller is substituted on for Chelmsford City
17:00 Sub Off
Michael Spillane is substituted off for Chelmsford City
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Chelmsford City
  • Bognor Regis Town
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  • Ashley Miller Sub On 17:00'
  • Michael Spillane Sub Off 17:00'
  • Aaron Greene Sub On 64:00'
  • Daniel Green Sub Off 64:00'
  • Kudus Oyenuga Sub On 67:00'
  • Lee Barnard Sub Off 67:00'

Team selection

Beasant, Sam Beasant, Sam
Braham Barrett, Craig Braham Barrett, Craig
Haines, Mark Haines, Mark
Green, Daniel Green, Daniel
Spillane, Michael Spillane, Michael
Omozusi, Elliot Omozusi, Elliot
West, Michael West, Michael
Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Matthew
Dickson, Christopher Dickson, Christopher
Barnard, Lee Barnard, Lee
Davies, Scott Davies, Scott

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