Mon 16
First Team
Braintree Town
M Porter (66'), S Jeffers (85' Pen)
Clarets Ease To Semi Finals With Braintree Victory

Clarets Ease To Semi Finals With Braintree Victory

By Steve Parker
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Second half goals from Max Porter and a Shaun Jeffers penalty meant the Clarets progressed in the County cup.

The first chance of the game between two heated local rivals fell to the visitors, but Iron midfielder Luke Mallet was unable to send his shot past Ross Fitzsimons.

The Clarets reacted well by going straight up the other end to have an attempt on Ben McNamara’s goal after 11 minutes. Josh Rees split the defence, allowing Luke Daley to roam down the right wing, but his cross failed to beat the first man.

The home side continued to apply the pressure as they searched for an opener. Michael Spillane almost rifled in on 20 minutes but the defender’s shot was saved well by McNamara.

The best chance for Chelmsford fell on 26 minutes as Matt Young spotted Philip Roberts’ darting run, only for the striker’s touch to disappoint him and he saw the chance go begging.

The Clarets almost broke the deadlock right on half-time but a tackle on the edge of the box denied Roberts once again. The home side continually threatened the visitors’ defensive ranks with high looping balls and their tactic work once again but a sliding challenge denied Roberts after the front-man controlled impeccably.

The score-line was eventually broken on 66 minutes from a routine set-piece. Kane Haysman almost replicated the Clarets’ goal at Dartford by delivering an inch-perfect cross for Max Porter to leap and fire home a powerful headed with the aid of the crossbar.

Jeffers doubled the lead for City from the penalty spot after he was mauled to the ground by Jon Ashton and it left the Iron with no-way back as the home side eased to the semi-finals.

More to follow.

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Match date

Mon 16, Jan 2017