Dickson double denies Weymouth FA Cup progression
Chelmsford City reached the Fourth Qualifying Round of the Emirates FA Cup with a 2-1 win over Weymouth.
Chris Dickson’s penalty on the hour-mark put the Clarets ahead before he doubled the lead with a superb finish from distance with ten minutes left.
Substitute Harry Baker scored a late consolation goal for the visitors but it was too little too late as the Terras were knocked out the Emirates FA Cup.
City boss Rod Stringer made three changes to the side that drew 0-0 at Poole Town last weekend in the Vanarama National League South as Daniel Green, Chris Smith and Kudus Oyenuga all came in to the starting eleven in place of Luke Daley, Michael West and Jim Stevenson.
The hosts came storming out of the blocks in the opening stages as Dickson twice came close to netting. The experienced striker hit a backheel from close range which won a corner after two minutes before forcing a strong save from Mark Travers with a powerful effort from range.
Josh Carmichael came close to netting for The Terras when his lobbed effort went just over from the edge-of-the-box, but a magnificent save from Mark Travers denied Dickson again on 18 minutes as his curling shot was stopped superbly.
The visitors had another chance to take the lead but their good passing movement ended with a weak shot being held comfortably by Sam Beasant.
Daniel Green’s presence down the right wing continually proved troublesome for the Terras, with the experienced winger regularly picking out City players inside the box. Spillane headed over for the Clarets on 26 minutes before, two minutes later, Travers dealt with Hitchcock’s direct effort.
Dickson came close to netting in emphatic style as he connected with Hitchcock’s knock-down, however his powerful volley was held well by Travers. Church then pushed the ball towards the far post where Hitchcock was lingering, however the striker’s shot was too weak and stopped by Travers.
Oyenuga curled a shot marginally wide of the upright late in the first half but the visitors held on to enter the halftime interval level.
The visitors came close to taking the lead against the run of play after fifty minutes when Brandon Goodship shifted the ball onto his right foot before forcing a fingertip save from Beasant.
And the visitors were left to rue their earlier missed chance as on 57 minutes Chelmsford were awarded a penalty. Dickson cleverly knocked the ball past the defender before knocked to the ground, leaving referee Wayne Cartmel no choice but to point to the spot where Dickson fired home from the spot.
Oyenuga almost granted the Terras an equaliser when he lost the ball to Jake McCarthy just outside the box. Luckily, though, the midfielder shot over from distance.
Then, with ten minutes left on the clock, Dickson doubled the Clarets’ lead in emphatic style. The experienced striker looked up from the edge of the box, shifted to the side before curling a shot into the far top corner out-of-reach for Travers.
City then had the chance to extend their lead to three on 89 minutes, but Barnard’s close range shot struck the post before going out for a corner. The hosts’ corner was then cleared easily and, after being pumped forward, substitute Harry Baker poked the ball past Beasant to set-up a nervy finish.
The Clarets reverted to possessive football as they aimed to make time pass as quickly as possible. The visitors had one last attempt as a weak cross was sent into the City box, which Beasant held on to well, but it was too little too late for the visitors as Chelmsford progressed as victors to the Fourth Qualifying Round of the Emirates FA Cup.
1. Sam Beasant
2. Daniel Green
3. Craig Braham-Barrett
4. Mark Haines
5. Michael Spillane
6. Chris Smith
7. Scott Davies
8. Anthony Church (C)
9. Kudus Oyenuga
10. Christopher Dickson
11. Thomas Hitchcock
12. Matthew Johnson (86’, on for Daniel Green)
14. Jim Stevenson
15. Lee Barnard (69’, on for Kudus Oyenuga)
16. Ashley Miller (82’, on for Thomas Hitchcock)
17. Jake Jessup
18. Michael West
19. Luke Daley
1. Mark Travers
2. Calvin Brooks
3. Callum Buckley
4. Ashley Wells
5. Mark Cooper
6. Josh Carmichael
7. Charlie Davis
8. Jake McCarthy (C)
9. Ben Thomson
10. Brandon Goodship
11. Josh Wavefield
12. Lewis Harvey
14. Joe Prodomo
15. Harry Baker (72’ on for Ashley Wells)
16. Sean Stewart (82’, on for Charlie Davis)
17. Liam Farrugi (88’ on for Ben Thomson)
Chelmsford City: None.
Chelmsford City: None.
Chelmsford City: Christopher Dickson (58’ pen, 80’)
Weymouth: Harry Baker (89’)
City Man of the Match: TBA