That sent the tie to penalties with Concord sealing their spot in Thursday’s quarter-final draw, which is to be broadcast on BBC Essex, after winning 3-2 on spot-kicks.[/b]
This match was the third year running the clubs have crossed each other’s path in this competition and the Beach Boys were victorious in the previous two encounters. The Clarets suffered again at the hands of the Canvey Island-based side.
City Manager Mark Hawkes was disappointed with the end result, although suggested that he was impressed with how the Clarets withstood sustained pressure for the a majority of the match. He said: "To be fair to Concord they put us under tremendous amounts of pressure [in the] second-half but our boys dug in. It's not perfect, but they did work a hard. We lived a bit of a charmed life in the end and eventually their pressure told.
"I wasn't disappointed with their equaliser, but I was disappointed that we had three opportunities from the penalty spot to win the tie from the penalties."
The Clarets made a quick start to the match and took the lead on eight minutes in somewhat bizarre fashion. A quick throw by Clarets’ winger Nicky Nicolau caught the Concord defence standing still and Rob Edmans, who never gave up the chase for the ball, had a defender’s clearance thumped against his body and the ball trickled into the net.
The Clarets then went close again shortly after when Christian Smith’s set-piece was headed wide by Danny Webb from just inside the box.
Webb then had to be at hand up the other end of the pitch to deny Concord’s Sam Higgins. Reece Harris sent a rasping ball across goal which Higgins latched onto, and Webb was there to execute a fantastic, and crucial, block to maintain the visitor’s lead.
On 25-minutes Concord’s Sam Collins escaped the City defence, although he dragged his shot across goal where he ought to have been better.
Clarets’ custodian Tommy Forecast had to dive low to deal with Sam Higgins’ well struck effort from an acute angle in a period where the Clarets were under sustained pressure.
Rob Edmans then had his shot deflected over after some tidy work by Kieron St Aimie. Christian Smith’s resultant corner was flapped at by Jamie Butler and the ball fell to Sam Long who crossed in to Tom Davis, who also had his effort blocked.
Kieron St Aimie then went close for the visitors after he cleverly latched onto another one of Christian Smith’s free-kicks and Rob Edmans had a shot blocked by John Easterford who was on the wrong side of a heavy tackle from Tom Davis moments earlier.
The game continued in similar vein in the second-half, and ex-Claret Bradley Hamilton was at hand to block Bertie Brayley’s well-struck effort.
Tommy Forecast then had to save Sam Higgins’ low drive to keep the score in City’s favour.
The spotlight was then shone brightly on Forecast’s opposite number as Butler had to palm away Danny Webb’s fierce header that flashed across goal.
Jack Lampe then volleyed wide after latching onto Christian Smith’s clearance.
Tommy Forecast had to live low to save a rasping shot from 25-yards by Sam Collins.
Sam Long then tried an audacious chip that beat Butler in the goal and smacked against the cross bar.
Long then executed a spectacular headed clearance off the line in the 84th minute to deny Sam Collins’ powerful effort.
The Clarets were unable to withstand the pressure from the hosts and Leon Gordon drew level after a shot that took a slight nick off of Danny Webb to send the tie to penalties.
Chelmsford City Penalty Takers (Clarets lose 3-2 on penalties)
St Aimie (Missed)
1. Tommy Forecast
2. Sam Long
3. Leon Redwood
4. Tom Davis
5. Danny Webb
6. Christian Smith
7. Joe Ward
8. Mark Hughes
9. Kieron St Aimie
10. Rob Edmans
11. Nicky Nicolau
12. Bertie Brayley (On for Ward, 20)
14. Matthew Lock
15. Larry Akin
16. Max Ejiogu
17. Carl Pentney (GK)
Butler, Hamilton, Glozier, Lampe, King, Easterford (Off for Goodacre, 53), Harris (Off for Gordon,71), Cawley (Off for White,62), Higgins, Collins, Ogilvie. Unused subs: Cowley.
Bookings: Chelmsford: None.
Concord: Sam Collins (unsportsmanlike conduct, 38) Reece Harris (unsportsmanlike conduct, 38)
Referee: Mr Gary Mascall
City Man of the Match: Mark Hughes