Truro City 0-3 Chelmsford City
By Chris Berry
The Clarets claim all 3 points in Cornwall thanks to goals from Rhys Murphy (2) and Chez Isaac.
After 4 successive draws, Chelmsford City claimed an important 3 points against National League South strugglers, Truro City, at Treyew Road.
Manager, Rod Stringer, made a series of changes to the starting 11. Recent signing, Harry Wright, was handed his debut in-between the sticks. Right-back, Jazzi Barnum-Bobb, also came in to replace the injured Elliot Omozusi and midfielder, Billy Knott, was handed his full debut in place of skipper, Anthony Church.
The game started off scrappy, with Truro defender, Billy Palfrey, entering the referee's book after just 3 minutes for fouling Tom Wraight.
Truro started to grow into the game and looked the more dangerous during the earlier stages. The hosts created their first chance on 6 minutes, after captain, Tyler Harvey, headed just over the bar from a free-kick.
Truro continued to put the pressure on and had another chance to open the scoring on 11 minutes through Jason Banton. A long ball played into the Chelmsford half went over the top of defenders Mickey Spillane and Jazzi Barnum-Bobb, but the White Tigers midfielder saw his effort go just wide.
It took Chelmsford City 16 minutes to muster up their first real chance of the game. Chris Whelpdale produced some excellent skill and chipped the ball into the box for Tom Wraight. The winger got his head to the ball, but goalkeeper, Cory Harvey, was able to save comfortably.
Chelmsford came even closer to taking the lead through Scott Fenwick 5 minutes later. Rhys Murphy whipped in a troublesome cross into the Truro box to his fellow striker, who headed the ball onto the post. The rebound found its way to Tom Wraight, whose effort went over the bar.
As Chelmsford gradually grew into the game, Scott Fenwick was presented with a glorious opportunity to score after 33 minutes. Left-back, Joe Anderson, played the striker in behind the Truro defence, however, his shot with his weaker foot was tame and Cory Harvey saved with ease.
The deadlock was finally broken 2 minutes later through Rhys Murphy. Scott Fenwick was again played in behind the Truro defence and his cross picked out his strike partner, who made no mistake tapping the ball home from close range.
The Clarets almost doubled their lead before the break. Chris Whelpdale drilled in a delicious cross towards Tom Wraight at the back post, only to be denied by Billy Palfrey, clearing the ball for a corner.
Chelmsford started the second half the strongest of the two sides. Just a minute after the restart, Tom Wraight was played through one-on-one with Cory Harvey, but the wingers effort was too strong and went well over.
Truro almost took advantage of Chelmsford's earlier miss two minutes later through Jared Lewington, with the striker hitting the post from close range after some good work by Tyler Harvey.
Rhys Murphy almost grabbed his second of the game on 52 minutes after some great link-up play between Scott Fenwick and Chris Whelpdale to play the striker in, however, his effort went narrowly wide.
City continued to pile on the pressure in search of a second goal and came close through Chris Whelpdale, who cut onto his left foot and forced a save from Cory Harvey, pushing the ball away for a corner. Billy Knott came agonisingly close from the following corner, with his cross looping over everybody and hitting the post after 57 minutes.
Chelmsford's pressure finally paid off and Chez Isaac doubled City's lead on 58 minutes. Jazzi Barnum-Bobb's cross picked out the midfielder, who drilled his effort past Cory Harvey.
The hosts responded by making a double substitution, with Niall Thompson and Brandon Diau replacing Billy Palfrey and Jared Lewington on 62 minutes.
Things went from bad to worse for Truro, however, with goalkeeper Cory Harvey receiving his marching orders on 65 minutes after clashing with Chelmsford midfielder, Chez Isaac. This forced Truro to make their final substitution of the game, with backup keeper, Harvey Rivers, replacing Jason Banton.
After the situation had cleared, the referee proceeded to award Chelmsford with a penalty in the 68th minute. Rhys Murphy stepped up and made no mistake, drilling his shot down the middle to give the visitors some breathing space.
Truro came close to getting a goal back on 74 minutes. Connor Riley-Lowe's cross went through everyone and Niall Thompson couldn't direct his effort towards goal as he stretched for the ball at the back post.
Chelmsford made their first substitutions on 75 minutes, with Lamar Reynolds making his debut replacing Rhys Murphy. Winger, Jonny Giles, also replaced Joe Anderson. They proceed to make their 3rd and final sub 7 minutes later, with skipper Antony Church replacing Billy Knott.
Jonny Giles came marginally close to adding a fourth on 84 minutes. Chris Whelpdale picked out the winger with a great cross, but as he got his shot away, he was closed down quickly by keeper, Harvey Rivers.
Truro mustered up one more chance as they looked to get a goal back after 85 minutes. A long ball deflected off of Tom Wraight, playing in Tyler Harvey. The striker ran through on goal, however, he rushed his shot and it went wide of the post.
The visitors held on for a clean sheet and a vital 3 points as they look to seal a play-off position come the end of the season.