Weston-super-Mare took the lead through spectacular fashion after Jacob Cane’s volley, but two goals in two minutes from Billy Hunt and Bagasan Graham – their first goals in City colours – gave the hosts a half-time lead.
Young goalkeeper Tim Brown was then caught out by Dayle Grubb’s well-hit free-kick three minutes after the interval as Weston clawed their way back, a move that threatened to unravel Chelmsford’s promising first-half showing.
And that it did after a fairly straightforward ball split the City defence in two, allowing Grubb to strike again past the exposed ‘keeper and net the winner.
It leaved the Clarets without a home league win since mid-September and, after such a promising opening 45 minutes, itwill be a tough result to take.
With Mark Hawkes retaining the side that drew 1-1 with Dartford last time out, the Clarets looked to repay their manager with a promising start.
Billy Bricknell, who opened the scoring against the Darts in the Clarets’ second consecutive away draw, almost did the same when he dived to meet Graham’s teasing cross. Unfortunately for the City striker the ball skimmed his head before going wide, allowing Weston to thump clear.
The Seagulls settled and denied City’s Luke Daley when the visitors’ half-clearance fell kindly to the winger’s feet. Luke Purnell tipped over from range.
That save was to prove pivotal as four minutes shy of the half-hour mark the Somerset-based side had taken the lead.
It was a sweet and venomous strike from Jacob Cane that bulged the net from the edge-of-the-box, with the midfielder connecting cleanly on the volley.
With the Clarets not scoring a league goal at home for more than 394 minutes, one would have thought that that may have continued as the hosts kept on knocking.
Much to the surprise though the Clarets scored two in as many minutes. Lee Sawyer and Graham exchanged passes on the left flank following a short corner, and when the latter’s knock-back found the head of Hunt the striker made no mistake, angling a header into the far corner.
It gave the Clarets a boost and then four minutes prior to the break the lead was theirs. Bricknell won the ball on the right before arching a cross into the centre, leaving Graham to rise gracefully and nod home.
For all of Chelmsford’s effort in pulling themselves in front, they almost shot themselves in the foot when Brown flapped at a ball in the box, only for Scott Wilson to head wide at an awkward angle.
While that was a let off for Brown, the West Ham loanee made another error that this time proved costly. Weston skipper Dayle Grubb stepped up to a free-kick on the edge of the area, struck it well, but it escaped the clutches of the young keeper who looked as if he ought to have kept it out.
But the Clarets weren’t put back and looked for an immediate reply, McAuley went close when he slid in at the far post, but nothing too testing for Luke Purnell.
That became short-lived though as Weston, despite offering little, were prolific when Grubb was set free in the area. The skipper interchanged well with Tristan Plummer and a deft flick allowed him to convert his second of the match, tucking low and into the bottom corner.
It was a completely different performance from Hawkes’s side in the second-half. No longer were there as many crosses flying into the box, a sense of rhythm and drive. That all eclipsed them, particularly so after Grubb’s proving winner.
The counter-attack was where Chelmsford looked most susceptible, and they almost conceded a fourth but for Brown’s outstretched arm after some tidy interplay between Wilson and Plummer.
Chelmsford had a golden chance to net a leveller with eight minutes remaining but Bricknell was denied one-on-one to extend Weston’s unbeaten run to six matches. It leaves the Clarets without a league victory in seven.
1. Tim Brown
2. Rob Girdlestone
3. Bagasan Graham
4. Lee Sawyer
5. Marvin Ekpiteta
6. Rory McAuley (C)
7. Ben Marlow
8. Billy Hunt
9. Billy Bricknell
10. Dexter Peter
11. Luke Daley
12. Jake Gordon
14. Harry Morgan
15. Mark Haines (On for Marvin Ekpiteta, 73’)
16. Damien Green
18. Matty Whichelow (On for Luke Daley, 73’)
1. Luke Purnell
2. Jake Mawford
3. Ollie Barnes
4. Jacob Cane
5. Pat Keary
6. Clayton Fortune
7. Joe McClennan
8. Tristan Plummer
9. Scott Wilson
10. Dayle Grubb (C)
11. Alex Byrne
12. Ben Withey (On for Jake Mawford, 46’)
14. Jamie Edge
15. Jason Pope (On for Tristan Plummer, 79’)
16. Syd Camper (On for Joe McClennan, 46’)
17. Danny Wring
Referee: Mr. Carl Fitch (Ipswich)
Assistant Referees: Mr. Joshua Few and Mr. Oliver Morris-Sanders
Chelmsford City: Billy Hunt (39’), Bagasan Graham (41’)
Weston-super-Mare: Jacob Cane (26’), Dayle Grubb (48’, 60’)
Chelmsford City: None
Weston-super-Mare: Jacob Crane (65’)
HT Score: 2-1
FT Score: 2-3
City Man of the Match: Bagasan Graham