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Penalty Sinks Clarets At Wealdstone

Penalty Sinks Clarets At Wealdstone

By Steve Parker
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Chelmsford City were left rueing missed chances as a penalty allowed Wealdstone to gain a point over the Clarets.

Louie Theophanous put City ahead early on and the visitors had plenty of chances to further their advantage in the opening 45 minutes.

But Rod Stringer’s side was left frustrated, however, when Whistler Robert Massey-Ellis awarded a penalty-kick when Josh Hill appeared to chest the ball rather than handle. The decision then allowed Joe White to send a right-footed spot-kick past an out-stretched Ross Fitzsimons.

The Clarets opened the game in best possible fashion. A beautifully placed diagonal pass from Robbie Willmott allowed Chris Dickson to push down the right wing, the City striker neatly back-heeled to Theophanous who took a touch before nestling his shot into the bottom corner.

Theophanous had the chance to grab a second for the visitors moments later, but the tall striker was unable to keep his header down after Bagasan Graham found him.

Fitzsimons denied the hosts their best chance to score in the first half, thanks to a sublime double-save midway through the half. A powerful effort from a Wealdstone midfielder bobbled through and, whilst the City shot-stopper could not hold onto the initial effort, Fitzsimons managed to get his body behind the follow-up attempt to send it over the bar.

Mark Haines’ power header almost doubled the visitors’ lead towards the end of the first half, however a fine save from Jonathan North kept the score-line the same.

Willmott almost carved a chance for the Clarets when he weaved through two defenders, but a third defender managed to get a foot in and knocked the ball away.

Had the visitors managed to convert that chance then perhaps the game would have changed in one direction. Sadly, however, it took a turn for the worse when the referee deemed Josh Hill to have handled Ricky Wellard’s cross – a decision which post-match viewing of the incident proved controversial.

And the home side made no mistake when they were granted the chance to level from the spot, with striker White driving his spot-kick home on 68 minutes.

Substitute Shaun Jeffers almost grabbed a winner after squirming himself into space, however, he saw his shot deflected wide.

The away side had one last chance to win at the death through Willmott. The tricky winger sent a superb free-kick goal-bound, however North produced a save just as superb to deny the former Newport winger.

With five minutes added on, many City supporters had hope for late drama – but it was not to be as North proved incredibly influential in retaining a point for the hosts.

1. Jonathan North
2. Wes Parker
3. Ciaran Brown
4. Ryan Sellers
5. Thomas Hamblin
6. Elliot Godfrey
7. Daniel Green
8. Sam Cox ©
9. Joe White
10. Ricky Wellard
11. Aryan Tajbakhsh
12. Elliott Benyon (84’, on for Joe White)
14. Jonathan Wright (46’, on for Ciaran Brown)
15. Matthew Whichelow
16. Nathan Mavila
17. Scott McGleish

Chelmsford City:
1. Ross Fitzsimons
2. Mark Haines
3. Bagasan Graham
4. Max Porter
5. Chris Bush ©
6. Josh Hill
7. Robbie Willmott
8. Max Cornhill
9. Louie Theophanous
10. Chris Dickson
11. Josh Rees
12. Ashley Miller
14. Kane Haysman (69’, on for Max Cornhill)
15. Shaun Jeffers (73’, on for Chris Dickson)
16. Elliott Buchanan
17. Daniel Blanchett

Goal Scorers:
Wealdstone: Joe White (68’, pen).
Chelmsford City: Louie Theophanous (3’).

Yellow Cards:
Wealdstone: 79’ Sam Cox
Chelmsford City: 53’ Bagasan Graham.

Attendance: 841
Half Time Score: Wealdstone 0-1 Chelmsford City
Full Time Score: Wealdstone 1-1 Chelmsford City
Man of the Match: Louie Theophanous

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Match details

Match date

Sat 18, Mar 2017






National League South

League position

Chelmsford City