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Chelmsford City
Braintree Town
K Oyenuga (43' Pen), S Batt (63')
Full time
Mon 1 Jan 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - National League South Attendance 1,662

Clarets made to pay for defensive errors


Chelmsford City were made to pay for a late defensive error as Braintree Town came from behind to draw 2-2.

Phil Roberts opened the scoring for Braintree midway through the first half as he converted a set-piece for the visitors, Kudus Oyenuga then restored parity as he slotted home from the penalty spot before half-time.

Shaun Batt curled the Clarets in-front on the hour-mark as his first-time shot took advantage of a defensive error before the Clarets suffered their own defensive collapse as Roman Michael-Percil tapped into an empty goal.

Chelmsford City boss Rod Stringer made two changes to the side that drew 2-2 with Braintree Town on Boxing Day. Luke Daley and Matthew Johnson were left out of the squad as Craig Braham-Barrett returned from illness and Shaun Batt went into the starting eleven.

Braintree Town (H) 01/01/2018 (Vanarama National League South)
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The hosts started brightly as Chris Dickson forced a low save from Nathan McDonald before Roberts struck the side netting from close range inside the opening five minutes.

Reece Grant’s breakaway run from Michael Spillane briefly troubled City, but the Iron midfielder saw his shot saved low by Sam Beasant.

A lobbed pass from Oyenuga almost created space for Dickson to run onto but it was cut out by Mark Okoye, the defender’s block fell back to Oyenuga who sent a first-time shot towards goal, but it went well over.

Chelmsford had loud calls for a penalty waved away midway through the first half. Oyenuga burst down the left wing and was tripped by Christian Frimpong as he went, he carried on and reached the box where he beat three Iron defenders before being chopped down. However, Whistler Jack Packman awarded the hosts a corner and turned away their penalty claims.

But it was the visitors who scored first, doing so in a controversial manner. A long freekick into the City half was played across by Joseph Ellul to Phil Roberts who smashed into an empty net. But the hosts were left infuriated as Roberts began the move in an offside position, and they felt that he was still offside when he scored.

Seven minutes later, though, the scores were levelled as Chelmsford were awarded a penalty for handball. Oyenuga stepped up and – having netted from the spot in the previous meeting with Braintree on Boxing Day – he slotted home into the bottom right corner right before half-time.

Roberts showed signs of intent early in the second half when he attempted to lob Beasant from range, however his effort went well over.

Dickson then struggled to control in a crowded box as he saw the ball bounce to Graham who had a fierce shot blocked.

City’s on-loan winger Graham continued to create chances for the Clarets as he cleverly beat his man down the left wing to fizz a cross to Dickson who had his poked shot put wide for a corner. Moments later Shaun Batt slid the ball through for Dickson to run onto, however the ball bobbled up as he tried to play backwards, and he was dispossessed by the visitors.

But four minutes later Batt did not need to rely on his strike partners, as he sent a curling shot into the bottom corner after 63 minutes, to put City ahead.

Bradley Quinton’s first attempt at levelling the scores came just after Batt’s strike, with the introduction of Roman Michael-Percil for Samir Bihmoutine while Rod Stringer replaced Shaun Batt with Jonny Giles soon after.

The Clarets searched for a third goal to consolidate their lead but were unable to convert from a succession of corners.
Quinton continued to make changes in order to try and salvage a point as he replaced Reece Grant with Karl Oliyide with 18 minutes remaining.

Substitute Giles almost split the visiting defence with a through ball for Dickson, however the pass was cleverly cut-out. Chris Smith was then required soon after at the other end of the pitch to ensure that Billy Crook could not deliver a cross.

With 12 minutes left time looked to be running out but Quinton continued to have hope and faith in his side, swapping defender Christian Frimpong with midfielder Luke Allen to create more chances.

City continued to look the more likely side to score but when Graham tumbled over his own feet rather than striking the ball Braintree broke forward, however their attack was brought to an end as Roberts was booked for a clear dive.

But with seven minutes left on the clock it was heartbreak for City as a quick counter-attack brought the Iron level. Goalkeeper Beasant mis-judged a forward pass from Jonathan Muleba which allowed Marcel Barrington to play across to Michael-Percil who calmly tapped into an empty goal.

Chelmsford had one last chance to rescue all three points but Giles saw his freekick hit the top of the wall and then Davies shot over as the Clarets were left ruing four dropped points from winning positions over the Christmas period.

Chelmsford City:
1. Sam Beasant
2. Craig Braham-Barrett
3. Bagasan Graham
4. Elliot Omozusi
5. Michael Spillane
6. Chris Smith
7. Scott Davies
8. Anthony Church
9. Kudus Oyenuga
10. Chris Dickson
11. Shaun Batt

12. Jonny Giles (69’ on for Shaun Batt)
14. Lee Barnard
15. Daniel Green
16. Michael West
18. Mark Haines

Braintree Town:
1. Nathan McDonald
2. Jon Muleba
3. Ricky Gabriel
4. Joe Ellul
5. Mark Okoye
6. Christian Frimpong
7. Marcel Barrington
8. Billy Crook
9. Phil Roberts
10. Reece Grant
11. Samir Bihmoutine

12. Karl Oliyide (72’ on for Reece Grant)
14. Mahrez Bettache
15. Ben Wyatt
16. Luke Allen (78’ on for Christian Frimpong)
17. Roman Michael-Percil (66’ on for Samir Bihmoutine)

[i]Chelmsford City:[i/] Kudus Oyenuga (43’ pen), Shaun Batt (63’).
[i]Braintree Town:[i/] Phil Roberts (35’), Roman Michael-Percil (83’).

Yellow Cards:
[i]Chelmsford City:[i/] Elliot Omozusi (24’), Michael Spillane (35’).
[i]Braintree Town:[i/] Christian Frimpong (32’), Mark Okoye (45’), Samir Bihmoutine (66’), Phil Roberts (81’).

Red Cards:
[i]Chelmsford City:[i/] None
[i]Braintree Town:[i/] None.

Attendance: 1662

Match Officials: Jack Packman, assisted by David Hutton and Christopher Myatt.

Half Time Score: Chelmsford City 1-1 Braintree Town
Full Time Score: Chelmsford City 2-2 Braintree Town

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Key moments

Scored Penalty Kudus Oyenuga scores a penalty for Chelmsford City
Goal Shaun Batt scores for Chelmsford City

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69:00 Sub Off
Shaun Batt is substituted off for Chelmsford City
69:00 Sub On
Jonny Giles is substituted on for Chelmsford City
63:00 Goal 2 - 0
Shaun Batt scores for Chelmsford City
End of period 1
43:00 Scored Penalty 1 - 0
Kudus Oyenuga scores a penalty for Chelmsford City
35:00 Yellow Card
Mickey Spillane is yellow carded for Chelmsford City
24:00 Yellow Card
Elliot Omozusi is yellow carded for Chelmsford City
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As it happened

  • Chelmsford City
  • Braintree Town
  • 0
  • Elliot Omozusi Yellow Card 24:00'
  • Mickey Spillane Yellow Card 35:00'
  • Kudus Oyenuga Scored Penalty 43:00'
  • Shaun Batt Goal 63:00'
  • Jonny Giles Sub On 69:00'
  • Shaun Batt Sub Off 69:00'

Team selection

Beasant, Sam Beasant, Sam
Spillane, Mickey Spillane, Mickey
Smith, Chris Smith, Chris
Omozusi, Elliot Omozusi, Elliot
Graham, Bagasan Graham, Bagasan
Davies, Scott Davies, Scott
Church, Anthony Church, Anthony
Braham Barrett, Craig Braham Barrett, Craig
Oyenuga, Kudus Oyenuga, Kudus
Dickson, Christopher Dickson, Christopher
Batt, Shaun Batt, Shaun

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Havant & Waterlooville 42 86
2. Dartford 42 86
3. Chelmsford City 42 74
4. Hampton & Richmond Borough 42 72
5. Hemel Hempstead Town 42 70
6. Braintree Town 42 69
7. Truro City 42 69

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