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Chelmsford City
Weston-super-Mare AFC
C Whelpdale (31'), C Isaac (33')
Full time
Unknown (46', 70', 60' Sent Off)
Sat 16 Mar 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - Vanarama National League South Attendance 973

CHELMSFORD CITY 2 WESTON-SUPER-MARE 2

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Clarets made to settle for a point after visitors stage comeback.

It appeared as though City's two goals in three minutes from Chris Whelpdale and Chez Isaac had given the Clarets a firm enough foundation to claim their first victory in three matches, but second half strikes from Matt Bower and Marlon Jackson, sandwiching a Tom Harrison dismissal which led to Scott Fenwick blazing over from twelve yards, ensured the visitors returned to Somerset with a point.

In the troublesome conditions of Storm Hannah, either side struggled to combat swirling winds that dragged the ball from side to side.

Despite the difficult weather, it was the Clarets who dominated the opening stages. Whelpdale squirmed into space and directed a tame effort towards goal which struck the lower echelons of the woodwork. The winger drove forward moments later in another inspirational attacking move, but his effort produced a comfortable save for Luke Purnell.

The visitors provided a rare glimpse of attacking threat when Jackson turned Adrian Cascaval in the centre of the pitch. The tricky forward strode forward fifteen yards before sliding the ball beyond Michael Spillane for Jamie Lucas to run onto, but his forward pass trickled through to Nathan McDonald.

Rhys Murphy, searching for his 24th goal in all competitions, found himself in a good position on two occasions; however the City top-scorer could not muster any power as he failed to test Purnell from close range.

City continued to dominate and Fenwick came close to scoring when the Seagulls failed to gain any distance with a poor clearance, but the Geordie striker stabbed a volley wide.

But the deadlock was eventually broken on the half-hour mark when Whelpdale lashed home from the edge-of-the-box. Murphy controlled well 18-yards from goal before skidding the ball to Whelpdale whom, from a wide position, accurately shot beyond Purnell to score his tenth goal of the season.

Having stuggled to score in thirty minutes of play, the Clarets doubled their advantage two minutes after Whelpdale's opener. A long ball was passed inside to Isaac who took one touch to move into space before running off to celebrate his first goal for Chelmsford City as his drilled effort nestled in the bottom corner to give the hosts a healthy first half advantage.

With the wind in their sails, the visitors' late barrage of pressure in the first half continued in the early stages of the second half and culminated in an early goal. City failed to clear their lines from a left-sided and Bower made no mistake at the far post by heading firmly beyond McDonald after being found umarked.

Chelmsford could have extended their lead when a well-practiced corner routine let the ball travel from Isaac to Murphy, but Wraight ended the chance by delivering a shot which skidded into Purnell's palms.

The hosts were handed a glorious chance to restore their two-goal cushion after Harrison was dismissed for dragging Fenwick down inside the penalty area, but the striker was unable to keep his spot-kick down as he blazed over from the twelve yards.

Despite the adversity of relegation facing them directly, the Seagulls refused to be tamed by the fighting-for-promotion Clarets and their hard-work paid evident as they drew level with twenty minutes remaining. A swift counter attack allowed Jackson to cut inside and the 28-year-old executed a sublime curling shot into the top left corner.

Murphy's driving run caused havoc in the Weston box in the last ten minutes, but Purnell stood firm to turn the striker's effort away for a corner.

Weston-super-Mare were millimetres away from a dramatic winning goal when a far-post header crashed against the post before bouncing along the line and out for a goal-kick; City then had a late chance of their own to steal all three points but substitute Aaron Cosgrave's effort was cleared off the line after Purnell was beaten as both sides settled for a point.

Key moments

31:00
Goal Chris Whelpdale scores for Chelmsford City
33:00
Goal Chez Isaac scores for Chelmsford City
46:00
Goal Goal for Weston-super-Mare AFC
60:00
Red Card A player is sent off for Weston-super-Mare AFC
70:00
Goal Goal for Weston-super-Mare AFC

Highlights

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90:00 +5:00 Yellow Card
Billy Knott is yellow carded for Chelmsford City
84:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Weston-super-Mare AFC
81:00 Sub Off
Joe Anderson is substituted off for Chelmsford City
81:00 Sub On
Aaron Cosgrave is substituted on for Chelmsford City
78:00 Sub Off
Chez Isaac is substituted off for Chelmsford City
78:00 Sub On
Billy Knott is substituted on for Chelmsford City
75:00 Yellow Card
Mickey Spillane is yellow carded for Chelmsford City
70:00 Goal 2 - 2
Goal for Weston-super-Mare AFC
61:00 Missed Penalty
Scott Fenwick misses a penalty for Chelmsford City
60:00 Red Card 2 - 1
A player is sent off for Weston-super-Mare AFC
46:00 Sub Off
Elliot Omozusi is substituted off for Chelmsford City
46:00 Sub On
Matt Young is substituted on for Chelmsford City
46:00 Goal 2 - 1
Goal for Weston-super-Mare AFC
End of period 1
33:00 Goal 2 - 0
Chez Isaac scores for Chelmsford City
31:00 Goal 1 - 0
Chris Whelpdale scores for Chelmsford City
25:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Weston-super-Mare AFC
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As it happened

  • Chelmsford City
  • Weston-super-Mare AFC
  • 0
  • Yellow Card 25:00'
  • Chris Whelpdale Goal 31:00'
  • Chez Isaac Goal 33:00'
  • Elliot Omozusi Sub Off 46:00'
  • Matt Young Sub On 46:00'
  • Goal 46:00'
  • Red Card 60:00'
  • Scott Fenwick Missed Penalty 61:00'
  • Goal 70:00'
  • Mickey Spillane Yellow Card 75:00'
  • Billy Knott Sub On 78:00'
  • Chez Isaac Sub Off 78:00'
  • Aaron Cosgrave Sub On 81:00'
  • Joe Anderson Sub Off 81:00'
  • Yellow Card 84:00'
  • Billy Knott Yellow Card 90:00 +5:00'

Team selection

McDonald, Nathan McDonald, Nathan
Omozusi, Elliot Omozusi, Elliot
Spillane, Mickey Spillane, Mickey
Wraight, Tom Wraight, Tom
Cascaval, Adrian Cascaval, Adrian
Anderson, Joe Anderson, Joe
Whelpdale, Chris Whelpdale, Chris
Isaac, Chez Isaac, Chez
Fenwick, Scott Fenwick, Scott
Murphy, Rhys Murphy, Rhys
Church, Anthony Church, Anthony

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Torquay United 42 88
2. Woking 42 78
3. Welling United 42 76
4. Chelmsford City 42 72
5. Bath City 42 71
6. Concord Rangers 42 70
7. Wealdstone 42 66

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