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Chelmsford City
Oxford City
R Murphy (46'), M Spillane (62')
Full time
B Thomas-Asante (94')
Sat 30 Mar 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - Vanarama National League South Attendance 1,029

Chelmsford City 2-1 Oxford City


The Clarets win their second game on the bounce, claiming all 3 points over Oxford City.

Chelmsford City did their promotion chances no harm as they claimed all 3 points against Oxford City with a 2-1 victory at the Melbourne Community Stadium.

Chelmsford City started the game having the majority of the possession, keeping it tidy in possession.

The first chance of the game fell to City in the 5th minute. The hosts won a free-kick and Billy Knott saw his effort from close range saved well by Craig King.

King was forced into action again 6 minutes later. Joe Anderson played a beautiful ball from the outside of his boot over the top of the Oxford City defence and Rhys Murphy controlled the ball well. The striker attempted to lob the ball over King, but the shot-stopper saved well.

The best chance of the game by far again fell to Chelmsford on the 16th minute. Josh Ashby played the ball back to Craig King, who took too long holding onto the ball and was eventually dispossessed by the oncoming Billy Knott. The midfielder had an open goal at his disposal, however, he decided against shooting and laid the ball off to Rhys Murphy, who saw his effort ricochet off the crossbar.

The hosts had a penalty shout waved away by referee, Lee Brennan in the 39th minute after Billy Knott weaved his way into the Oxford box and went down under increasing pressure.

Chelmsford managed to create one more chance until half-time. Rhys Murphy found himself one-on-one with Craig King again and for the second time, the shot-stopper denied him, getting down well to save. Murphy kept the chance alive, pulling the ball back to his strike partner, Scott Fenwick. His effort, however, was rushed and went well wide.

The second half started off the same as the first, with Chelmsford seeing more of the ball and created two early chances before Rhys Murphy opened the scoring on the 46th minute. Oxford gave possession away cheaply and Murphy was played through their defence by Billy Knott; it looked as though he had nothing on, but he managed to unleash a fierce effort into the top corner.

Chelmsford doubled their on the 62nd minute through Captain, Mickey Spillane. A Chelmsford free-kick was cleared by the Oxford defence, but only as far to the defender; he controlled well before dinking the ball over an Oxford defender and volleying home into the bottom corner, leaving Craig King rooted to his spot.

Oxford City responded by making a double substitution after 65 minutes, with Owen James and Bobson Bawling replacing Ryan Case and Jack Self. Chelmsford followed by making two quick substitutions of their own, with Lamar Reynolds and Aaron Cosgrave replacing Rhys Murphy and Chris Whelpdale.

Oxford's substitutions had little effect and it was Chelmsford who continued to create the chances and could have grabbed a third with Chez Isaac, Tom Wraight and Lamar Reynolds all having chances, with Oxford keeper Craig King doing exceptionally well to keep his side in the game with some crucial saves.

Chelmsford made their final substitution in the 85th minute, with Club skipper Anthony Church replacing Chez Isaac.

Oxford created their first and only real chance of the game in added time and thought they’d pulled one back through Brandon Thomas-Asante, only to be flagged for offside. The Oxford players protested and after consulting with his assistant, referee Lee Brennan reversed his decision and awarded the goal on the 94th minute.

It was all too little too late for the visitors and the referee blew up for full-time immediately after the restart.

Mickey Spillane

Player of the Match

Mickey Spillane

Key moments

Goal Rhys Murphy scores for Chelmsford City
Goal Mickey Spillane scores for Chelmsford City
90:00 +4:00
Goal Brandon Thomas-Asante scores for Oxford City


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90:00 +4:00 Goal 2 - 1
Brandon Thomas-Asante scores for Oxford City
90:00 +2:00 Yellow Card
Mickey Spillane is yellow carded for Chelmsford City
90:00 Player of the Match
Mickey Spillane is awarded player of the match for Chelmsford City
85:00 Sub Off
Chez Isaac is substituted off for Chelmsford City
85:00 Sub On
Anthony Church is substituted on for Chelmsford City
75:00 Sub Off
Rhys Murphy is substituted off for Chelmsford City
75:00 Sub On
Lamar Reynolds is substituted on for Chelmsford City
71:00 Sub On
Aaron Cosgrave is substituted on for Chelmsford City
71:00 Sub Off
Chris Whelpdale is substituted off for Chelmsford City
65:00 Sub Off
Jack Self is substituted off for Oxford City
65:00 Sub Off
Ryan Case is substituted off for Oxford City
65:00 Sub On
Bobson Bawling is substituted on for Oxford City
65:00 Sub On
Owen James is substituted on for Oxford City
62:00 Goal 2 - 0
Mickey Spillane scores for Chelmsford City
61:00 Yellow Card
Reece Fleet is yellow carded for Oxford City
46:00 Assist
Billy Knott makes an assist for Chelmsford City
46:00 Goal 1 - 0
Rhys Murphy scores for Chelmsford City
End of period 1
28:00 Yellow Card
Jack Self is yellow carded for Oxford City
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Chelmsford City
  • Oxford City
  • 0
  • Jack Self Yellow Card 28:00'
  • Rhys Murphy Goal 46:00'
  • Billy Knott Assist 46:00'
  • Reece Fleet Yellow Card 61:00'
  • Mickey Spillane Goal 62:00'
  • Owen James Sub On 65:00'
  • Bobson Bawling Sub On 65:00'
  • Ryan Case Sub Off 65:00'
  • Jack Self Sub Off 65:00'
  • Aaron Cosgrave Sub On 71:00'
  • Chris Whelpdale Sub Off 71:00'
  • Lamar Reynolds Sub On 75:00'
  • Rhys Murphy Sub Off 75:00'
  • Anthony Church Sub On 85:00'
  • Chez Isaac Sub Off 85:00'
  • Mickey Spillane Yellow Card 90:00 +2:00'
  • Brandon Thomas-Asante Goal 90:00 +4:00'

Team selection

Wright, Harry Wright, Harry
Barnum-Bobb, Jazzi Barnum-Bobb, Jazzi
Cascaval, Adrian Cascaval, Adrian
Wraight, Tom Wraight, Tom
Spillane, Mickey Spillane, Mickey
Anderson, Joe Anderson, Joe
Whelpdale, Chris Whelpdale, Chris
Knott, Billy Knott, Billy
Fenwick, Scott Fenwick, Scott
Murphy, Rhys Murphy, Rhys
Isaac, Chez Isaac, Chez
Oxford City
  • 1. Craig King
  • 2. Eddie Jones
  • 3. Ryan Case
  • 4. Josh Ashby
  • 5. Tarik Moore-Azille
  • 6. Joe Oastler
  • 7. Kyran Wiltshire
  • 8. Reece Fleet
  • 9. Kabongo Tshimanga
  • 10. Brandon Thomas-Asante
  • 11. Jack Self
  • 12. Bobson Bawling
  • 13. Steven Caro
  • 14. Owen James
  • 15. John O'Donoghue

League round up

League table

# 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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