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Chelmsford City
Oxford City
M Porter (65')
Full time
Sat 11 Nov 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - National League South Attendance 977

Oxford City leave Clarets frustrated in League

Oxford City took momentum from their win over Colchester United in the Emirates FA Cup last weekend by winning their first game since August, defeating promotion-hunting Chelmsford City 2-1.

The visitors took a shock lead after 13 minutes. Craig Braham-Barrett attempted to engineer an attack down the left but lost possession to Mamadou Fofana. The midfielder then passed wide to Matt Paterson who had his drilled cross smashed home by Dave Pearce from close range.

City almost found themselves level moments later when Assombalonga raced through, but the striker could only manage a deep cross to Matt Johnson who then shot well wide. Daniel Green then came close to creating a goal, winning a corner, but as the set-piece was headed out to him he dragged an effort wide.

The visitors searched for a second goal to consolidate their lead, with Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sinclair coming close, but an increased advantage eluded them.

City boss Rod Stringer made a change at half-time to inspire the Clarets, with Scott Davies replacing Daniel Green at the interval. Davies’ introduction initially signalled a sense of creativity, with the midfielder splicing the Oxford defence with his passing ability.

But the Clarets were once again made to pay for poor passing when Braham-Barrett’s attempted cross was blocked, the visitors broke away and Paterson slid the ball wide to Godfrey Poku who poked beyond Beasant to double the visitors’ lead.

Chelmsford pulled a goal back ten minutes later, though, when Max Porter bundled home a long throw to give the Clarets a lifeline.

The hosts continued to look for an equaliser, but Porter and substitute Chris Dickson were both left ruining missed chances as time ran out.

Chelmsford had two chances to score in the final five minutes as the Clarets created goal-line scrambles, Dickson then stabbed over from just a few yards as Chelmsford continued to demand a goal.

But it was not to be as Oxford City held on with miraculous defending to secure all three points in Essex.

Chelmsford (4-4-2): Beasant, Omozusi ©, Braham-Barrett, Porter (71’ Barnard), Spillane, Smith, Green(46’ Davies), Johnson, Assombalonga (58’ Dickson), Hitchcock, West.
Unused Subs: Haines, Daley.

Oxford City: Stevens, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Grant, Fofana, Henderson (27’ Navarro), Oastler, McEachran, Poku, Paterson (90+1’ Hirst), Sinclair, Pearce (71’ Jones).
Unused Subs: Forde, Tutton.

Chelmsford: 42’ Daniel Green, 57’ Scott Davies, 64’ Michael Spillane
Oxford: 44’ Poku, 52’ Stevens, 83 Navarro

Chelmsford: None
Oxford: None

Chelmsford: 65’ Max Porter
Oxford: 13’ Pearce, 54’ Poku.
Att: 978

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Key moments

Goal Max Porter scores for Chelmsford City


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71:00 Sub On
Lee Barnard is substituted on for Chelmsford City
71:00 Sub Off
Max Porter is substituted off for Chelmsford City
65:00 Assist
Matthew Johnson makes an assist for Chelmsford City
65:00 Goal 1 - 0
Max Porter scores for Chelmsford City
58:00 Sub On
Christopher Dickson is substituted on for Chelmsford City
58:00 Sub Off
Chris Assombalonga is substituted off for Chelmsford City
57:00 Yellow Card
Scott Davies is yellow carded for Chelmsford City
46:00 Sub On
Scott Davies is substituted on for Chelmsford City
46:00 Sub Off
Daniel Green is substituted off for Chelmsford City
End of period 1
42:00 Yellow Card
Daniel Green is yellow carded for Chelmsford City
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Chelmsford City
  • Oxford City
  • 0
  • Daniel Green Yellow Card 42:00'
  • Scott Davies Sub On 46:00'
  • Daniel Green Sub Off 46:00'
  • Scott Davies Yellow Card 57:00'
  • Christopher Dickson Sub On 58:00'
  • Chris Assombalonga Sub Off 58:00'
  • Max Porter Goal 65:00'
  • Matthew Johnson Assist 65:00'
  • Max Porter Sub Off 71:00'
  • Lee Barnard Sub On 71:00'

Team selection

Beasant, Sam Beasant, Sam
Omozusi, Elliot Omozusi, Elliot
Spillane, Michael Spillane, Michael
Green, Daniel Green, Daniel
Smith, Chris Smith, Chris
Braham Barrett, Craig Braham Barrett, Craig
West, Michael West, Michael
Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Matthew
Hitchcock, Thomas Hitchcock, Thomas
Assombalonga, Chris Assombalonga, Chris
Porter, Max Porter, Max

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