Coming off the back of a defeat to Hemel Hempstead on Monday night, the Clarets showed the perfect reposte scoring four unanswered goals against Hayes & Yeading United.
After a bright start the Clarets took the lead after just seven minutes when Aiden Palmer’s free kick was headed passed his own goalkeeper by Jake Nicholson.
Luke Daley would then double Chelmsford’s advantage after half an hour with a brilliant effort from over 30 yards that thundered into the top corner before an individual effort from Marvel Ekpiteta on his debut made it safe in the second half.
Billy Bricknell would put the icing on the cake for City after he buried his strike from the edge of the area giving the Clarets their first win and first clean sheet of the season.
After the disappointing defeat Monday night, Mark Hawkes rang the changes to his starting line up making four changes to the side beaten 1-0 by Hemel Hempstead.
Marvel Ekpiteta, Aiden Palmer and Moses Makasi were all brought in for their debuts – for Mark Haines, Michael Toner and Lee Sawyer respectively – and Harry Morgan was brought in to replace Hugo Skepelhorn.
Hayes & Yeading came to Melbourne Stadium off the back of a long trip to Truro City on Tuesday night. The trip though was more than worthwhile as United came home with a 2-0 win courtesy of two goals from Ismael Ehui.
The start of the game had to be delayed by 15 minutes due to an injury to one of the linesman, but the delay didn’t hamper City’s blistering start as they took the lead after just seven minutes.
A late tackle on Marvel Ekpiteta by Ben Gerring saw the United skipper go into the book. It allowed Aiden Palmer to whip a free kick into the area which was headed beyond his own goalkeeper by Jake Nicholson.
It was the ideal start for the Clarets who had been so lacklustre on Monday night, but they almost found themselves level when Devante McKain header over a corner from eight yards out.
But Chelmsford were to reassert their dominance with a wonderful second scored by Luke Daley. The midfielder received the ball in the middle of the pitch around 35 yards out and let fly, sending the ball into the top corner to double the lead.
The visitor’s best chances of scoring were coming from set-pieces with McKain and Ismael Ehui both having almost free headers go off target. Luke Williams had to best chance though to reduce the deficit when his shot from eight yards was sliced wide.
Neither side were able to force any clear opportunities early in the second half, with Hayes having a couple of free kick opportunities go harmlessly over Ashley Timms’ goal.
Rhys Murrell-Williamson was sent on with just over 20 minutes remaining for captain Gerring to try and salvage something for the visitors and he almost made an immediate impact after his deflected strike from 25 yards was tipped around the post by Timms.
Shortly afterwards though the game was all but over when City extended their lead further through a well taken goal from Marvel Ekpiteta on his Clarets debut. Picking the ball up on the right hand touchline, the right back cut beautifully inside leaving his marker for dead and then calmly put the ball in the back of Crowley’s net.
And Bricknell would make it an afternoon to remember for the home fans as he rubber stamped the points with City’s fourth. Cutting inside from the left, the striker sent his effort fizzing passed Crowley.
All that was left to achieve was a clean sheet and Timms made sure his goal would remain undisturbed making a double save towards the end, firstly saving with his feet from Tom Collins before getting up to stop Harry Grant's curling effort by diving to his right.
1. Ashley Timms
2. Marvel Ekpiteta
3. Aiden Palmer
4. Mark Hughes (C)
5. Marvin Ekpiteta
6. Rory McAuley
7. Moses Makasi
8. Luke Daley
9. Billy Bricknell
10. Charlie Henry
11. Harry Morgan
12. Hugo Skepelhorn (On for Billy Bricknell 82’)
14. Jonah Gosling (On for Luke Daley 79’)
15. Mark Haines
16. Bagasan Graham (On for Charlie Henry 73’)
21. Connor Pearce
Hayes & Yeading United
1. Charlie Crowley
2. James Fenlon
3. Max Worsfold
4. Lewis Ferrell
5. Devante McKaine
6. Ben Gerring (C)
7. Luke Williams
8. Jake Nicholson
9. Elliot Benyon
10. Ismael Ehui
11. Harry Grant
12. Tom Collins (On for Lewis Ferrell 46’)
14. Rhys Murrell-Williamson (On for Ben Gerring 69’)
15. Howard Hall
16. Evans Kouassi (On for Elliot Benyon 7’)
17. Erbil Bozkurt
Chelmsford City: Jake Nicholson O.G. 7’, Luke Daley 30’, Marvel Ekpiteta 72’, Billy Bricknell 80’
Hayes & Yeading United:
Chelmsford City: Rory McAuley (Dissent – 62’)
Hayes & Yeading United: Ben Gerring (Foul – 6’), Lewis Ferrell (Obstruction 34’)
Referee: Sam Purkiss
Assistants: Alistair Wilson, Nathan Walker
City Man of the Match: Marvel Ekpiteta