Tue 12
St Neots Town
First Team
Clarets Score Five Again To Cast Aside St Neots

Clarets Score Five Again To Cast Aside St Neots

By Scott Hatley
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The Clarets recorded their second straight 5-1 win of pre-season with another impressive display against St Neots Town.

After a deluge of rain fell throughout the afternoon and into the evening it made for a slick surface at Rowley Park and it was the hosts that settled first with Shamir Mullings forced to clear a goal-bound effort off the line after just three minutes.

But once Rod Stringer's side settled into the match they were a consistent threat for the Southern Premier side and they took the lead from the penalty spot after Luke Daley was brought down in the area. Mullings stepped up to take the penalty and despite the goalkeeper getting two hands to the ball he was unable to prevent the strike nestling in the corner.

City then doubled their lead just before the half hour mark when Daley got his second goal in as many matches after being played in by Hugo Skepelhorn. Again the goalkeeper managed to get a hand to the effort but he wasn't able to stop Daley from poking the ball home to make it 2-0.

Despite the score line the Saints were causing Chelmsford problems at the back and they capitalised on an error from Joe Welch late in the half to reduce the arrears after the Clarets goalkeeper misjudged a long ball over the top, allowing James Hall to nip in before tapping the ball into the empty net.

Stringer resisted the urge to make wholesale changes at the start of the second half as he looked to step up the player's fitness levels, giving most of his squad a full hour, and by the time the changes happened City had scored two more to put the game out of sight.

Daley continued his impressive start to pre-season by hitting a 25-yard strike that skimmed off the slick surface and into the bottom corner. And just three minutes later a corner from the right caused a pin-ball effect in the area before Skepelhorn forced the ball over the line despite the best efforts of the St Neots defenders.

Billy Bricknell rounded off the scoring in the final minute, just seconds after having a goal harshly ruled out for offside, when his deft flick deceived the Saints goalkeeper to make it a second 5-1 win on the road this pre-season.

The Clarets will now look to step up their pre-season efforts with a match at the Melbourne Community Stadium against a West Ham United XI, Rod Stringer's first home game since taking over as Clarets boss.

(Photo Credit: Claire Howes)

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Tue 12, Jul 2016