Report by Matt Lee
The Clarets looked to gain momentum ahead of the start of their Vanarama National League South campaign against a strong Charlton Athletic XI including three first-team players
An early goal from Karlan Ahearne-Grant set the Addicks on their way in the fourteenth minute but a fourty-second minute goal from Billy Bricknell levelled the score just before the half-time interval.
However, a mistake in the seventieth minute by goalkeeper Jordan Beeney allowed Clarets' midfielder Lee Sawyer to round the stranded keeper before placing a shot into the back of the net resulting in an impressive victory against Football League opposition for the Clarets.
Despite it being the last pre-season friendly, there had still not been another appearance from new signing Ashley Miller. The central defender arrived from Bishop's Stortford back in early July and played at Heybridge but since then there has not been a sighting of him in a Clarets shirt.
In their last match, the Clarets fell to a 2-1 away defeat to a well-structured Needham Market side, with a rare Mark Hughes goal coming as one of the positives.
A first half of few chances saw the visitors take a lead from Karlan Ahearne-Grant's well placed finish. A superb passing movement saw the Addicks move from the half-way line into the Clarets' box before Ahearne-Grant was gifted the ball where he curled an effort round Ashley Timms in the Clarets' goal into the far post.
Charlton were proving the higher quality throughout the match with their immaculate one-touch passing against Chelmsford.
The Clarets had a number of chances to score as both Billy Bricknell and Luke Daley missed opportunities.
One chance for the Clarets came as a brilliant piece of link-up play between Billy Bricknell and Daley saw the latter burst free of the Charlton defence but his weak shot was gathered easily by Dimitar Mitov in the Addicks' goal.
Billy Bricknell caused a constant chaos to the visitor's defence as he beat the offside-trap time after time but each time his shot was saved.
However, with just two minutes of the first half remaining, a delicate first-time pass from Charlie Henry allowed Bricknell to burst free, get past Naby Sarr before lofting the ball over Mitov to level the score.
In the second half a nervy Clarets' defence allowed the Addicks to have plenty of chances however they were not able to convert any of them.
Numerous fouls in the 59th minute meant the Clarets were granted a free-kick on the edge of the box: Charlie Henry and Billy Bricknell lined up to take it before the latter fired a shot into the Addicks' wall and it deflected away for a corner.
Ex-Southend man Joe Piggot and Tobi Shoe-Silva linked up well after Piggot had his shot blocked but Shoe-Silva's later shot was also cleared and the Clarets ran away still level.
Chelmsford took the lead in the 70th minute when Lee Sawyer capitalised on a mistake at the back by Jordan Beeney before calmly rounding the keeper and slotting the ball home to put the Clarets 2-1 up.
Charlton almost equalised in the eighty-first minute through substitute Alex Kelly. The midfielder squeezed his way into the box before trying a shot but Timms managed to impressively smothered it away and the Clarets remained un-scathed.
An impressive performance by Chelmsford in the second half allowed the home side to take a well deserved victory against Football League opposition ahead of the start of the Vanarama National League South on Saturday 8th August.
City: Timms, Girdlestone, Toner, Hughes, Haines, McAuley, Daley, Sawyer, Bricknell, Henry, Graham. Subs: Skepelhorn (on for Graham 45') , Baffour , Morgan (on for Hughes 70') , Lewis, Gosling, Ekpiteta (on for Girdlestone 45'), Pearce, Spence (on for Billy Bricknell 78')
Charlton XI: Mitov, Holme-Dennis, Kennedy, Jackson, Lennon, Sarr, Begdich, Muldoon, Ghoochannejhad, Ahearne-Grant, Staunton. Subs: Barnes, Beeney, Obileye, Thomas, Edwards, Kelly, Aribo, Pigott, Konsa, Ansah, Silva.
Goals: Chelmsford (42' Billy Bricknell, Lee Sawyer 70') 2 – 1 Charlton (14' Ahearne-Grant)
Half Time Score: Chelmsford 1 – 1 Charlton Athletic XI
Full Time Score: Chelmsford 2 – 1 Charlton Athletic XI