Tue 21
East Thurrock United
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First Team
J Hill (9'), E Buchanan (77')
Clarets Triumphant in Local Derby

Clarets Triumphant in Local Derby

By Steve Parker
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Chelmsford City took one step closer to the Vanarama National League South play-offs with a deserved 2-1 win at East Thurrock United’s Rookery Hill ground on Tuesday evening.


Similarly, to Chelmsford’s previous game, City hurled themselves out of the blocks and instantly found themselves creating the better chances.

And their early demanding work was given the credit it deserved as the Clarets went ahead on 9 minutes. A swinging cross from Robbie Willmott met defender Josh Hill who rifled a header beyond Lucas Lidakevicius.

The visitors should, arguably, have been two-ahead on 20 minutes when Chris Dickson put the ball the away ‘keeper, however Kane Haysman’s pass to the former Charlton striker was too late and Dickson was deemed offside.

Louie Theophanous almost scored a contender for goal of the season when he watched Ross Fitzsimons’ long throw, before sending a ferocious volley goalwards which Lidakevicius did well to get a palm at to turn it round the post.

City striker Dickson had a second attempt ruled out three minutes later, this time for a foul on Lidakevicius, but the Clarets continued to have most of the chances.

Chelmsford continued to threaten until the end of the first half, with wing pair Willmott and Bagasan Graham carving plenty of chances for the away side, just poor finishing meant that the Clarets were unable to extend their advantage.

But, as is the case with Chelmsford in recent games, a lack of any clinical edge meant that they were left to rue their missed chances as Harry Honesty equalised for the Rocks. A distant shot from Michael Freiter snuck through the defensive lines to Honesty who tapped it beyond Ross Fitzsimons.

But the Clarets returned to a leading position with thirteen minutes left. Substitute Elliott Buchanan – who had only been on the pitch for three minutes prior – sent a sweetly struck volley to rescue three very important points.

Rocks substitute Reece Harris had a chance to level for the home side, but Chelmsford held on and deservedly took the trio of points.

Chelmsford: Fitzsimons, Haines, Graham, Porter, Bush ©, Hill, Willmott, Rees, Theophanous (Cornhill 89), Dickson (Jeffers 63), Haysman (Buchanan 74). Unused Subs: Miller, Blanchett.

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Match details

Match date

Tue 21, Mar 2017

Kickoff

19:45

Attendance

478

Competition

National League South

League position

4
Chelmsford City
11
East Thurrock United