Clarets left ruining chances as Weston equalise late on
Chelmsford City were left ruining their missed opportunities as and 82nd minute equaliser consigned them to a third straight draw.
Lee Barnard put the Clarets ahead after eight minutes and the hosts proved to dominate with the majority of the chances throughout the game.
But having missed their earlier chances, Chelmsford were made to pay with eight minutes left as an unmarked Irnti Rapai tapped home Dayne Grubb’s cross to salvage a point for the Seagulls.
Chelmsford Boss Rod Stringer made two changes to the side that drew 1-1 at Hampton & Richmond Borough, Nathan Fox came in for Mark Haines who missed out entirely. While Lee Barnard took back his starting place as Anthony Church returned to the substitutes bench.
Weston almost took a fourth minute lead as Craig Braham Barrett hastily cleared the danger but it fell to Grubb. The Seagulls’ striker chipped the ball to former Claret Jake Reid but Sam Beasant did superbly to punch the header over the bar.
Four minutes later it was the Clarets who took the lead moments after Reid had a second chance saved. The hosts broke quickly down the pitch and Barnard weaved into the box before drilling a low shot at Luke Purnell which, somehow, sneaked through him and over the line.
Chelmsford almost had a second as Christopher Dickson’s direct run saw his fierce shot smack the crossbar from close range.
The hosts continued to prove the dominant side and almost increased their lead as Barnard could not quite control Daniel Green’s throw-in before Michael West shot well over from the loose ball.
Scott Davies’ coming together with Aden Baldwin saw the visitors threaten from a set-piece, however the concurrent theme proved another missed chance as the Seagulls headed over from close range.
Grubb wasted another chance for the Seagulls’ as he shot straight down Beasant’s throat from close range late in the first half.
Substitute Luke Daley almost doubled the lead as he came sliding in at the far post, but he was agonisingly close to tapping home Chris Dickson’s pull-back.
The visitors continued their search for an equaliser and Jake Reid thought he had it when he curled past Beasant, only to have his celebrations cut-short by the offside flag. And Reid’s curled effort proved to be his last action of the game as he was substituted off.
Chelmsford continued to have the majority of chances but poor defending allowed Grubb to cut inside on the left wing, drill across goal to substitute Irnti Rapai who tapped home unmarked with eight minutes left.
The Clarets looked to bounce back against the late equaliser but Dickson was ruled marginally offside in added time.
Chelmsford are back in action as fellow early promotion contenders East Thurrock United travel to the Melbourne Community Stadium on Monday night.
1. Sam Beasant
2. Ashley Miller
3. Craig Braham Barrett
4. Nathan Fox
5. Elliot Omozusi (C)
6. Scott Davies
7. Michael West
8. Matthew Johnson
9. Lee Barnard
10. Christopher Dickson
11. Daniel Green
12. Anthony Church (63’, on for Matthew Johnson)
14. James Stevenson
15. Kudus Oyenuga
16. Luke Daley (55’, on for Michael West)
18. Aaron Greene
1. Luke Purnell
2. Ashley Harper
3. Danny Greenslade
4. Jacub Cane
5. Aden Baldwin
6. Jason Pope
7. Tristan Plummer
8. Naby Diallo
9. Jake Reid
10. Dayne Grubb (C)
11. Jake Lee
12. Ashley Kington
14. Ben Seymour
15. Archie Collins
16. Jarrad Welch
17. Rapai Irnti
Chelmsford City: .68’ Luke Daley.
Weston-super-Mare: 60’ Danny Greenslade, 72’ Naby Diallo.
Chelmsford City: None.
Chelmsford City: Lee Barnard (8’).
Weston-super-Mare: Irnti Rapai (82’).
Half Time Score: Chelmsford City 1-0 Weston-super-Mare
Full Time Score: Chelmsford City 1-1 Weston-super-Mare
City Man of the Match: TBA