Writes Chris Berry...
Chelmsford bounced back from Saturday's disappointment with 3-0 victory away at Weston-super-Mare. Goals from Tom Wraight and Rhys Murphy sealed the win against the National League South strugglers and sent the Clarets home happy with 3 points.
The hosts started brightly and won a free-kick in a dangerous position in the 1st minute after Marlon Jackson was fouled by Elliot Omozusi, however, George Nurse's effort went well over the bar.
Weston-super-Mare continued to see more of the ball in the opening stages and it didn't take long for Ashley Maynard-Brewer to make his first save. Adrian Cascaval failed to clear his lines and Marlon Jackson was involved again as his shot was well saved by the young shot stopper in the 6th minute.
Jazzi Barnum-Bobb had penalty shouts dismissed by the referee in the 7th minute after going down in the Weston penalty area, but Matthew Russell was not moved. Weston proceeded to break on the counter and won a corner, however, Elliot Omozusi was fouled as the ball was whipped in.
Marlon Jackson was again involved as he won another free-kick for Weston after colliding with Elliot Omozusi. A yellow card was then shown to the defender, the Clarets second one of the evening prior to captain Anthony Church a few minutes earlier. The resulting free-kick was hit hard and low from George Nurse, but Maynard-Brewer was equal to it and made a great save.
Chelmsford started to see more of the ball and started to get crosses into the box, but nothing came to fruitiion. Spillane saw an oppurtunity to recreate his heroics at Wealdstone by trying to catch goalkeeper Luke Purnell off his line from far out, however, in the end his effort was tame and Purnell collected comfortably. Jonny Giles then had a chance to run at the Weston defence and cut in, unleashing a strong shot that was heading towards the bottom corner, which was met with a brilliant save by Luke Purnell.
Weston had the best chance of the game on the 36th minute after Llewellyn was played through the Chelmsford defence and cut the ball back for Marlon Jackson, whose effort was cleared off the line by the retreating Jazzi Barnum-Bobb.
Just two minutes later, it was Chelmsford who took the lead in the 38th minute through Tom Wraight. The Clarets won a corner after some good play between Murphy, Anderson and Wraight. The corner was cleared and the ball fell to Wraight, who chested it down and found the bottom corner with an excellent finish as the Clarets went into HT 1-0 up.
There were sparkes at the beginning of the second half as a long ball was played to Tobi Sho-Silva, who clashed with Jake Lee and recieved a yellow card for his troubles, which was followed up by a yellow card for Jonny Giles after a 50/50 challenge involving the same Weston player again.
Chelmsford's first substitution of the night was made on the 56th minute as Chris Whelpdale replaced Tobi Sho-Silva as Manager, Rod Stringer, attempted to hold onto the lead.
Both Spillane and Whelpdale had chances after the hour mark, with their efforts either being blocked or just going wide without really troubling Luke Purnell. Weston also had a penalty shout in the 69th minute after Marlon Jackson went down in the box, but again, the referee waved the calls away.
Chelmsford then doubled their lead on the 70th minute through Rhys Murphy after the prolific striker latched into a loose pass and found himself 1-on-1 with Purnell. The returning striker rounded the keeper and calmly slotted home to make it 2-0 and give the Clarets some much needed breathing space. Shortly after the celebrations, Chez Issac replaced Jonny Giles for Chelmsford and Tom Llewellyn was replaced by Jamie Lucas for Weston.
Chelmsford almost grabbed a 3rd, only to be denied not once, but twice by Purnell as the keeper produced an excellent double save to deny Wraight and Murphy from close range.
Weston were reduced to having shots from far out as Jason Pope had an ambitious effort from at least 35-yards out, which unfortunatley for the hosts, was scuffed and went well wide before Ben Swallow was replaced by Eli Phipps on the 82nd minute.
Purnell was again forced into action as Whelpdale was through on goal, only to see his shot well matched by the shot stopper. There was then slight confusion between Elliot Omozusi and Ashley Maynard-Brewer towards the end as a long ball was played towards the Chelmsford box. The Clarets defender took no chances and cleared the ball well away before colliding with the youngster. Thankfully no-one was hurt and play continued.
Weston continued to give their all and almost got back into the game through Jamie Lucas who found himself 1-on-1 with Maynard-Brewer, but the young loanee made a great save to deny the striker, who in turn was found to be offside, so it would not have counted had his effort gone in. Marlon Jackson was then yellow carded very shortly afterwards for a foul on Rhys Murphy.
Tom Wraight finally sealed the win for Chelmsford in added time. Whelpdale picked out Fenwick with a brilliant, pin-point pass, whose effort was well saved by Purnell, but Wraight was first to the rebound and tapped in to make it 3-0 before the referee blew-up for full-time.