Sat 14
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By Steve Parker
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Clarets beaten by strong Football League outfit.

Writes Matt Lee...

Chelmsford City suffered their first defeat of pre-season with a 1-4 loss to English Football League side Cambridge United.

The Clarets managed to hold the U's to a strong fight during the opening twenty minutes, coming closest as Rhys Murphy was unable to connect with Tom Wraight's pin-point cross.

City thought they should have been awarded a penalty midway through the first half, but the Clarets were left frustrated after a heavy challenge on Anthony Church was left unpunished by the officials.

Having taken the Football League side to half-time level, Chelmsford supporters were pleased to see their side battling toe-to-toe with their higher ranked opponents. However, two goals in three minutes saw the U's dart to a commanding lead.

Having presented a completely different eleven for the second half, Joe Dunne's side came bursting out the blocks with Dunk tapping home from David Amoo's cross on 47 minutes before Ade Azeez converted Sam Squire's perfect searching ball two minutes later.

The Clarets pulled one back just prior to the hour-mark as Rob Swaine volleyed home a poorly cleared corner.

As the game reached the 65th minute, City boss Rod Stringer made a plethora of changes as he introduced a side featuring eight trialists.

But, the visitors sealed the victory when Amoo's left-wing drive caught City asleep, with the pacy winger's cross ricocheting off a Chelmsford defender and beyond the trialist 'keeper.

Then, in the 89th minute, the visitors scored again scored again. Amoo's burst of pace troubled the goalkeeper who - having been rounded - brought the attacker down, with the wide-player stepping up and placing his spot-kick into the bottom left corner to conclude an impressive performance from the Sky Bet League Two side.

First Half XI: Worner, Barnum-Bobb, Swaine, Trialist, Anderson, Church, Nasha, Reason, Trialist, Murphy, Wraight.
Second Half XI: Trialist, Trialist, Trailist, Porter, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Fenwick, Akrofi.

Below is the report from the Cambridge website. The opposition view....

Cambridge United were forced to show good persistence in their fourth pre-season outing as the U’s came through with a 1-4 win over Chelmsford City.

Joe Dunne’s men produced another confident display in stifling conditions and on a testing surface in Essex.

Jevani Brown struck the post and Paul Lewis went close with a header in a goalless first half, in which United were made to show good defensive discipline as their Conference South opponents gave the U’s their toughest pre-season challenge to date.

Following a full outfield switch up at the break, the U’s wasted no time in breaking the deadlock when Harrison Dunk directed David Amoo’s cross into the net from close range, in a United move that had been built up brilliantly from the back by Sam Squire, Gary Deegan and Brad Halliday.

Joe Dunne’s men soon doubled the lead, as Ade Azeez galloped on to the end of Squire’s perfect pass over the top before the striker calmly lobbed the keeper to score his fifth of pre-season.

The hosts did not back down though and continued to compete across the park. They pulled one back through centre back Swaine, who latched onto a corner delivery before catching a sweet half volley that arrowed past Dimitar Mitov.

However United had generally taken control of the encounter, and when Harrison Dunk drove into the 18 yard box from the left before zipping a pass into the six yard box, Chelmsford could only turn the ball into their own net with 15 minutes to play.

David Amoo had the final say in the closing stages, when his powerful sprint past the final defender came to end when the winger was dragged down by Chelmsford’s goalkeeper. Amoo dusted himself down to convert the spot kick and confirm United’s continued winning start to pre-season.

United First Half: Mitov, Davies, Taylor, Taft, Norville-Williams, Lewis, Maris, Osadebe, Brown, Lambe, Ibehre

United Second Half: Mitov (Iron), Halliday (Watkins – Watkins then subbed for Knowles), Squire, Darling, Carroll, Deegan, O'Neil, Amoo, Dunk, Foy, Azeez

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Sat 14, Jul 2018