Sat 06
First Team
Hemel Hempstead Town
M Cheek (64'), R Gordon (72'), L Sawyer (82'), J Williams (88')
Clarets Ease Past Hemel

Clarets Ease Past Hemel

By Adam May
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FOUR SECOND-HALF goals made it back-to-back league wins for Chelmsford City.

Strikes from Michael Cheek, Rohdell Gordon, Lee Sawyer and Jason Williams sealed the three points for the Clarets after an impressive second-half performance.

The Clarets came close to breaking the deadlock inside an uneventful first-half when skipper Mark Hughes saw his near post header cleared off the line.

But Michael Cheek displayed his predatory instincts once again as he smashed home his sixth league goal of the season to finally open the scoring.

And with eighteen minutes of the second-half remaining the three points were all but secured when Rohdell Gordon burst into the box before slotting under the body of Hemel ‘keeper Laurie Walker.

Lee Sawyer then made sure of the win when he tucked home Joe Ward’s pin-point cross in front of a 725-strong crowd for the club’s ‘Pay What You Want’ match before Jason Williams, who extended his loan deal from Southend United for another month, added a fourth.

Hemel made an impressive start to the match and could have found themselves one goal to the good inside the opening ten minutes. A well-worked cross from right-back Ed Asafu-Adjaye was missed by skipper, and former City midfielder, Jordan Parkes, eventually making its way to the back post. Hemel striker Oliver Hawkins was lurking behind the City defence ready to punish, but fluffed his lines as his shot looped up, allowing Bradley Watkins to collect.

The visitors then had a somewhat weak claim for a penalty kick turned down when Oliver Hawkins latched onto a Daniel Talbot free-kick, running into the body of Clarets’ centre-back Mark Haines. Referee Carl Fitch waved play on.

City had a succession of corners that came to no avail – Mark Haines came closest with a header – although Mark Hawkes will be a little more pleased with the Clarets’ passing game after a disappointing week which saw them dumped out of both the FA Trophy and Essex Senior Cup.

Chances were still at a premium though and Hawkes was forced to make a defensive change – introducing Marvin Ekpiteta for the injured Mark Haines – although the deadlock remained level thanks to some terrific goalkeeping from Bradley Watkins. Hemel’s Matthew Saunders took aim from the edge-of-the-box and was denied by Watkins’ finger tips as the ball was destined to nestle into the top corner.

City captain Mark Hughes was then unlucky not to punish the Tudors when his near post flick-on from a Leon Redwood corner. Hemel’s Moussa Diara was on hand though as he headed off the line as the half-time whistle approached.

The second-half continued in much the same fashion and Rohdell Gordon was unlucky not to hit the back of the net after being played through by Joe Ward, but was closed down by the Hemel rear-guard who looked impressive throughout the match.

It was always going to be a tough test for the Clarets – Hemel had only been defeated three times in ten league games prior to this encounter – and midfielder Wes Daly was particularly impressive.

But for all their endeavour the hosts eventually took the lead. Hemel failed to deal with an outstanding cross from Rob Girdlestone and, as the ball dropped to Michael Cheek around twelve yards from goal, he made no mistake in slamming home the loose ball.

And just eight minutes later the Clarets had doubled their lead. Rohdell Gordon made some space on the left before bursting into the box and slotting home from a tight-angle as City looked to have sealed all three points.

Lee Sawyer then rounded off a great counter-attack, stemming from Rohdell Gordon's counter attack. The striker burst through the middle before spraying the ball wide to Joe Ward. Sawyer then rounded off the move by tucking away the pin-point cross before Jason Williams added a fourth, scoring with a strike from the edge-the-edge of the box as City made it back-to-back Conference South wins.

Chelmsford City:

1. Bradley Watkins
2. Rob Girdlestone
3. Leon Redwood
4. Mark Hughes (C)
5. Mark Haines
6. Yado Mambo
7. Lee Sawyer
8. Joe Ward
9. Jason Williams
10. Michael Cheek
11. Rohdell Gordon


12. Christian Smith
14. Marvin Ekpiteta (On for Mark Haines, 34)
15. Nicky Nicolau (On for Joe Ward, 86)
16. Sam Gregory
17. Jake Gordon (On for Jason Williams, 88)

Hemel Hempstead Town:

1. Laurie Walker
2. Ed Asafu-Adjaye
3. Kyle Connolly
4. Jordan Parkes (C)
5. Jorell Johnson
6. Moussa Diarra
7. Daniel Talbot
8. Wes Daly
9. Oliver Hawkins
10. James Potton
11. Matthew Saunders


12. Jamal Lowe (On for Daniel Talbot, 54)
14. David King (On for Wes Daly, 67)
15. Dennis Oli (On for Kyle Connolly, 73)
16. Nicke Kabamba
17. Zack Reynolds

Referee: Carl Fitch

Assistant referees: Oliver Morris-Sanders and Darren Stobart

Bookings: Chelmsford City: Mark Hughes (18, foul)
Hemel Hempstead Town: Moussa Diara (13, foul), Ed Asafu-Adjaye (38, unsportsmanlike conduct)

Scorers: Chelmsford City: Michael Cheek (64), Rohdell Gordon (72), Lee Sawyer (82), Jason Williams (88)
Hemel Hempstead Town: None.

Attendance: 725

HT score: 0-0

City Man of the Match: Bradley Watkins

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Match details

Match date

Sat 06, Dec 2014






South Division
Bradley Watkins

Player of the match

Bradley Watkins