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Chippenham Town
Chelmsford City
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R Murphy (16')
Sat 27 Apr 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - Vanarama National League South Attendance 503

Chippenham Town 0-1 Chelmsford City

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The Clarets seal a Playoff Semi-Finals spot after a 1-0 victory away at Chippenham Town

Manager, Rod Stringer made 5 changes to the starting line-up following the Easter Monday defeat to Wealdstone, with Jazzi Barnum-Bobb, Mickey Spillane, Billy Knott, Tom Wraight and Scott Fenwick all returning.

The opening 5 minutes saw both sides struggle to keep a hold of the ball on a bumpy pitch, including some physical tackles, one of which saw Billy Knott receive an early yellow card for a late challenge.

Chelmsford City started to get into their groove soon after and took the lead on 16 minutes through Rhys Murphy. Following a spell of pressure, Max Porter recycled the ball back into the Chippenham box and Murphy turned well under pressure to finish past Will Puddy.

Chippenham Town scuppered a great chance to level the score on 30 minutes. Following a clearance from a Chelmsford corner, Jazzi Barnum-Bobb failed to control the ball on the near-side and was intercepted by Nick McCootie; the striker cut inside past Adrian Cascaval, but curled his effort marginally wide.

Chelmsford almost doubled their lead just before half-time on 41 minutes as Billy Knott's cross was flicked towards goal by Rhys Murphy, but the ball went millimetres past Scott Fenwick.

Chelmsford made a substitution during the interval with Lamar Reynolds replacing Tom Wraight.

With the wind starting to become stronger during the opening stages of the second half, neither side were truthfully able to create anything clear cut, but the contest remained physical with both teams giving it their all.

Word got out that Bath City had taken a two-goal lead away at Billericay Town just after the hour-mark, meaning it was crucial that the Clarets won themselves to confirm a 4th place finish.

Chippenham Town made their first substitution on 63 minutes with Jack Compton replacing Rhys Davies. Chelmsford reacted 3 minutes later by making their second sub as captain, Anthony Church replaced goalscorer, Rhys Murphy.

Will Puddy and Scott Fenwick clashed just after 72 minutes after both challenged for the ball following a Lamar Reynolds cross. No foul was given, however both players received yellow cards.

Chelmsford almost sealed the win on 73 minutes. Billy Knott fizzed a low-cross into the box towards Anthony Church who had an open goal at his disposal, but the midfielder's feet got muddled and Chippenham were able to clear their lines.

Chippenham made their second substitution on 76 minutes with Karnell Chambers replacing Nick McCootie.

City entered the final 5 minutes knowing that if the score remained 1-0, 4th place would be theirs. Rod Stringer made his final sub on 88 minute and Jonny Giles replaced Billy Knott.

Chippenham piled on the pressure in search of an equaliser and Mickey Spillane was forced into making a goal-saving block on the edge of the box to deny the hosts in stoppage time.

3 minutes were added on and Chelmsford tried to keep the ball in the corner for as long as they could to run down the click. The referee eventually blew up for full-time, confirming City's place in the Playoff Semi-Finals.

Chelmsford City will now take on Welling United away on Sunday 5th May, 3pm KO.

Key moments

16:00
Goal Rhys Murphy scores for Chelmsford City

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90:00 +2:00 Corner taken
Corner for Chelmsford City taken by Jonny Giles
87:00 Sub On
Jonny Giles is substituted on for Chelmsford City
87:00 Sub Off
Billy Knott is substituted off for Chelmsford City
83:00 Corner taken
Corner for Chelmsford City taken by Billy Knott
81:00 Corner taken
Corner for Chelmsford City taken by Billy Knott
80:00 Foul
Chris Whelpdale is fouled for Chelmsford City
80:00 Saved Shot
Billy Knott has a shot saved for Chelmsford City
78:00 Foul
Billy Knott is fouled for Chelmsford City
76:00 Sub Off
Nick McCootie is substituted off for Chippenham Town
76:00 Sub On
Karnell Chambers is substituted on for Chippenham Town
73:00 Missed Shot
Lamar Reynolds misses a shot for Chelmsford City
73:00 Missed Shot
Anthony Church misses a shot for Chelmsford City
72:00 Yellow Card
Scott Fenwick is yellow carded for Chelmsford City
72:00 Yellow Card
Will Puddy is yellow carded for Chippenham Town
68:00 Foul
Anthony Church is fouled for Chelmsford City
66:00 Sub On
Anthony Church is substituted on for Chelmsford City
66:00 Sub Off
Rhys Murphy is substituted off for Chelmsford City
65:00 Yellow Card
Tariq Ossai is yellow carded for Chippenham Town
64:00 Blocked Shot
Josh Smile has a shot blocked for Chippenham Town
63:00 Sub Off
Rhys Davies is substituted off for Chippenham Town
63:00 Foul
Greg Tindle is fouled for Chippenham Town
63:00 Sub On
Jack Compton is substituted on for Chippenham Town
61:00 Foul
Tariq Ossai is fouled for Chippenham Town
57:00 Corner taken
Corner for Chelmsford City taken by Billy Knott
57:00 Saved Shot
Scott Fenwick has a shot saved for Chelmsford City
57:00 Missed Shot
Rhys Murphy misses a shot for Chelmsford City
57:00 Corner taken
Corner for Chelmsford City taken by Billy Knott
54:00 Foul
Greg Tindle is fouled for Chippenham Town
52:00 Saved Shot
Lamar Reynolds has a shot saved for Chelmsford City
51:00 Foul
Chris Whelpdale is fouled for Chelmsford City
46:00 Sub Off
Tom Wraight is substituted off for Chelmsford City
46:00 Sub On
Lamar Reynolds is substituted on for Chelmsford City
End of period 1
45:00 Foul
Chris Whelpdale is fouled for Chelmsford City
41:00 Foul
Greg Tindle is fouled for Chippenham Town
40:00 Missed Shot
Scott Fenwick misses a shot for Chelmsford City
37:00 Foul
Billy Knott is fouled for Chelmsford City
37:00 Foul
Nat Jarvis is fouled for Chippenham Town
36:00 Foul
George Rigg is fouled for Chippenham Town
34:00 Blocked Shot
Mickey Spillane has a shot blocked for Chelmsford City
33:00 Corner taken
Corner for Chelmsford City taken by Billy Knott
33:00 Blocked Shot
Tom Wraight has a shot blocked for Chelmsford City
30:00 Missed Shot
Nick McCootie misses a shot for Chippenham Town
29:00 Corner taken
Corner for Chelmsford City taken by Billy Knott
25:00 Corner taken
Corner for Chelmsford City taken by Billy Knott
24:00 Saved Shot
Joe Anderson has a shot saved for Chelmsford City
18:00 Foul
Scott Fenwick is fouled for Chelmsford City
16:00 Assist
Max Porter makes an assist for Chelmsford City
16:00 Goal 0 - 1
Rhys Murphy scores for Chelmsford City
14:00 Corner taken
Corner for Chippenham Town taken by Rhys Davies
10:00 Foul
Josh Smile is fouled for Chippenham Town
9:00 Missed Shot
Rhys Murphy misses a shot for Chelmsford City
8:00 Missed Shot
Chris Whelpdale misses a shot for Chelmsford City
6:00 Corner taken
Corner for Chippenham Town taken by Rhys Davies
6:00 Yellow Card
Billy Knott is yellow carded for Chelmsford City
4:00 Foul
Scott Fenwick is fouled for Chelmsford City
2:00 Foul
Tariq Ossai is fouled for Chippenham Town
1:00 Foul
Greg Tindle is fouled for Chippenham Town
0:01 Kickoff
Chelmsford City kick off
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Chippenham Town
  • Chelmsford City
  • 0
  • Billy Knott Yellow Card 6:00'
  • Rhys Murphy Goal 16:00'
  • Max Porter Assist 16:00'
  • Lamar Reynolds Sub On 46:00'
  • Tom Wraight Sub Off 46:00'
  • Jack Compton Sub On 63:00'
  • Rhys Davies Sub Off 63:00'
  • Tariq Ossai Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Anthony Church Sub On 66:00'
  • Rhys Murphy Sub Off 66:00'
  • Scott Fenwick Yellow Card 72:00'
  • Will Puddy Yellow Card 72:00'
  • Karnell Chambers Sub On 76:00'
  • Nick McCootie Sub Off 76:00'
  • Jonny Giles Sub On 87:00'
  • Billy Knott Sub Off 87:00'

Team selection

McDonald, Nathan McDonald, Nathan
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
Porter, Max Porter, Max
Fenwick, Scott Fenwick, Scott
Murphy, Rhys Murphy, Rhys
Knott, Billy Knott, Billy
Chippenham Town
  • 1. Will Puddy
  • 2. George Rigg
  • 3. Rhys Davies
  • 4. Harry Rutty
  • 5. Greg Tindle
  • 6. Tariq Ossai
  • 7. Nat Jarvis
  • 8. Dean Evans
  • 9. Nick McCootie
  • 10. Josh Smile
  • 11. Kieran Parselle
  • 12. Will Richards
  • 13. Callum Gunner
  • 14. Jack Compton
  • 15. Adrial George
  • 16. Karnell Chambers

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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