Comeback Clarets concede right at the death
Will Richards’ 90th minute volley gave Chippenham Town all three points after Chelmsford City came from 2-0 behind in Wiltshire.
Dave Pratt put the hosts ahead on 27 minutes as Sam Beasant missed a long-throw before Scott Twine doubled the Bluebirds’ advantage with an unstoppable effort from distance.
Chris Dickson then had a penalty saved but the rebound was turned home by Michael Spillane to give the Clarets a chance. Dickson then netted a long-range lob late on to salvage what the visitors thought would be a point.
But Richards had other ideas as he reacted quickest to a loose ball and bundled home a corner to restore Chippenham’s lead in added time.
Chelmsford City boss Rod Stringer made two changes to the side that beat Dartford last weekend: Chris Dickson and Chris Assombalonga entered the starting eleven in the place of the suspended Kudus Oyenuga and injured Lee Barnard, while Max Porter took a spot on the substitutes’ bench.
The Clarets came close after five minutes when Jared Thompson fumbled Daniel Green’s free-kick, but the on-loan goalkeeper gathered the ball at the second attempt. Greg Tindle then appeared in the correct position at the right time to head away Green’s cross moments later as Assombalonga was found hanging at the far post.
The hosts looked most likely to score from long throws. Spillane headed one behind for a corner and the eventual chance saw the Bluebirds strike the side netting.
Chippenham took the lead on 27 minutes as Beasant was unable to connect to a long throw. The goalkeeper failed to punch clear and, with the throw-in nodded on, Pratt tapped home unmarked at the far post.
City had the chance to level seven minutes later as Dickson’s initial shot was blocked but West’s reaction effort then flew well over the bar. Dickson then saw a Green corner flash past him before Jim Stevenson’s knee sent the ball off-target.
Davies was left unlucky as he went to clear the ball down the left wing as his leg caught the Chippenham winger and Whistler Aji Ajibola brandished the midfielder his fifth yellow card of the season.
Mr Ajibola was forced into a tough decision on forty minutes as a heavy challenge from Mike West on Tindle saw the latter react against the City midfielder, however no card of either colour was brandished.
And Chippenham doubled their lead with three minutes of the half as Davies held back from a slide challenge, allowing Twine to rifle a shot home from the edge-of-the-box.
The hosts thought they had a third when Twine’s effort in first half added time was supposedly pushed forward from behind the line by a Chelmsford defender, however the goal was not given, and a corner was awarded instead.
Chelmsford found themselves a lifeline when Tindle shoved Dickson in the box and a penalty was awarded. The City striker stepped up from 12 yards and his effort was saved however Spillane reacted fastest and a left-footed shot beat Thompson from close range to reduce the defecit.
Chippenham came close to restoring their lead just after the hour mark as a short corner beat Beasant at the near post. But a foul on the ‘keeper denied the hosts a third, although Braham-Barret had cleared off the line at the far post anyway.
Assombalonga supplied the visitors with a chance but Davies shot over. Assombalonga then provided another chance, this time to Dickson, but the experienced striker cut inside before shooting low into Thompson’s hands.
Dickson then headed over from close-range before cutting inside and shooting agonisingly wide as time progressed with the Clarets still in search for an equaliser.
Will Richards headed across the face of goal for Twine but the attacking midfielder could not secure the win as he headed over.
Spillane almost equalised on 83 minutes when his hanging foot connected with a loose ball, but the shot struck the side netting as the chances continued to appear.
And the Clarets were forced to wait until the 88th minute to equalise when Assombalonga headed through for Dickson who, from range, lobbed Thompson.
But a minute later Richards grabbed the hosts a late winner in added time, consigning the Clarets to their first away defeat of the season after having done so well to come from behind.
1. Jared Thompson
2. Dan Bowman
3. Nuno Felix
4. Michael Jones
5. Greg Tindle ©
6. Will Richards
7. Alex Ferguson
9. Dave Pratt
10. Andy Sandell
15. Dean Evans
18. Scott Twine
12. Jordan Ricketts
14. James Morton
16. Jon Beeden
17. Gary Horgan
19. Josh Smile (85’, on for Alex Ferguson)
1. Sam Beasant
2. Elliot Omozusi ©
3. Craig Braham Barrett
4. Chris Smith
5. Michael Spillane
6. Scott Davies
7. Daniel Green
8. Jim Stevenson
9. Chris Assombalonga
10. Chris Dickson
11. Michael West
12. Matt Johnson (54’, on for Mike West)
14. Max Porter (68’, on for Jim Stevenson)
15. Luke Daley
16. Mark Haines
18. Tom Hitchcock (71’, on for Danny Green)
Chippenham Town: Dave Pratt (36’), Greg Tindle (56’).
Chelmsford City: Scott Davies (40’), Michael Spillane (44’).
Chippenham Town: None.
Chelmsford City: None.
Chippenham Town: Dave Pratt (27’), Scott Twine (42’), Will Richards (90’)
Chelmsford City: Michael Spillane (57’), Chris Dickson (88’).
Half Time Score: Chippenham Town 2-0 Chelmsford City
Full Time Score: Chippenham Town 3-2 Chelmsford City
City Man of the Match: TBC