Frustrated Clarets return with a point
Chelmsford City returned to Essex with just a point as they were left frustrated against Poole Town.
Rod Stringer made two changes to the City team which won comfortably in the Emirates FA Cup last weekend: Michael Spillane and Craig Braham-Barrett returned to the starting line-up as Ashley Miller and Anthony Furlonge were left out.
Both sides came reasonably close to scoring in the opening five minutes, however Chris Dickson was ruled offside before Jed Bedford’s stinging volley was held by Sam Beasant.
A moment of poor ‘keeping from Beasant saw him almost gift the hosts a lead as he came twice for a corner but mistimed his punch, however the Clarets escaped as the first attempt went out of play before the second attempt was headed off the line by Spillane.
A clever dummy run from Dickson saw Anthony Church with space on the edge-of-the-box, however the Chelmsford midfielder could only watch as he drilled his shot wide before Dickson then glanced Braham-Barrett’s drilled cross wide.
Braham-Barrett’s fast-paced crosses threatened once again on the half-hour mark but Church was unable to get a shot away as the ball fell to Michael West who shanked a shot well over.
Dickson could have put the visitors ahead just before the break but his poor touch allowed Poole to counter attack through Bedford. However, the Dolphins’ on-loan striker pulled a pass across to Ollie Harfield who was closed-down quickly to block any shots.
Stringer aimed to create more chances in the second half as he introduced winger Daniel Green for Jim Stevenson, however it was the hosts who remained the more energetic in the opening stages of the second half.
Hitchcock was almost through-on-goal when Dickson looked up after driving forward, however the former Ghanaian international’s cross did not travel far enough to provide Hitchcock with a clear enough chance.
City’s second substitute, Kudus Oyenuga, almost put the visitors ahead as his low driven shot flashed across goal but Corby Moore was on-hand to neutralise the danger. Mark Haines’ clever Cruyff turn made space for the defender to shoot, but it was quickly pumped away.
Shaun Cooper’s powerful shot from range threatened the Clarets in a brief spell of pressure, but Scott Davies appeared out of no-where to head the ball away from danger.
City then broke from Davies’ clearance and substitute Green found himself in acres of space down the left wing, he quickly switched the ball onto his right foot before curling a shot goalward only for it to spin agonisingly wide.
Oyenuga’s trickery on the right wing allowed the City striker to weave into the box before watching his fierce shot saved by Nick Hutchings at the second attempt. A floated Danny Green cross was then headed over by Hitchcock before Harfield had his stinging shot deflected over.
The Clarets created one last chance towards the close of additional time, but Hitchcock’s header went looping over the bar with seconds left on the clock.
1. Nick Hutchings
2. Jack Dickson
3. Corby Moore
4. Lewis Lindsay
5. Jamie Whisken ©
6. Carl Pettefer
7. Abdulai Baggie
8. Shaun Cooper
9. Warren Bentley
10. Jez Bedford
11. Ollie Harfield
12. Ollie Balmer (78’, on for Abdulai Baggie)
13. Tom Rees
14. Joe Cook
15. Richard Gillespie (90’, on for Warren Bentley)
16. Jake Smeeton
1. Sam Beasant
2. Luke Daley
3. Craig Braham Barrett
4. Mark Haines
5. Michael Spillane
6. Scott Davies
7. Michael West
8. Anthony Church
9. Tom Hitchcock
10. Christopher Dickson
11. Jim Stevenson
12. Daniel Green (46’, on for Jim Stevenson)
14. Kudus Oyenuga (56’, on for Christopher Dickson)
15. Matthew Johnson
16. Chris Smith (72’, on for Michael West)
17. Elliott Omozusi
Poole Town: Carl Pettefer (81’).
Chelmsford City: Craig Braham Barrett (45’), Mark Haines (60’).
Poole Town: None.
Chelmsford City: None.
Poole Town: None.
Chelmsford City: None.
Half Time: Poole Town 0-0 Chelmsford City
Full Time: Poole Town 0-0 Chelmsford City