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S Jeffers (90')
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Welling United 1-1 Chelmsford City

Welling United 1-1 Chelmsford City

By Chris Berry
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Chelmsford secured their second point in as many games as they drew 1-1 with Welling at Melbourne Park.


Writes Jake Moore....

A late goal from second half substitute, Shaun Jeffers cancelled out Bradley Goldberg's opener to maintain City's unbeaten run at home.

The first chance of the afternoon fell to the visitors and Gavin McCallum, who forced a save from Clarets' 'keeper Carl Pentney.

A ball was then played to the left hand side, met by Jamar Loza, who took on his man before cannoning a cross off the defender, before it struck him again and trickled out for a goal-kick to Welling.

Frazer Shaw was next to find space on the near side, before swinging in a cross that seemed to trouble the defence despite no pressure, forcing Welling to clear behind for a corner.

The resulting ball in from Ollie Muldoon found the head of Anthony Church before flying just over the bar.

A nice passage of passing play involving Shaw again found it's way into the box, however none of the Chelmsford bodies could secure a clean connection.

Sam Higgins wound up a strike from distance shortly after, however his shot was blocked and cleared.

Welling then drove up the pitch,via Bradley Goldberg, who won a free-kick in the process but the resulting effort was cleared for a corner which was eventually punched clear by Carl Pentney.

Welling then had numerous shouts for a penalty immediately waved away by the referee.

Welling 'keeper, Daniel Wilks was then adjudged to have handled the ball almost instantly down the other end outside of his box, gifting a dangerous free-kick to the Clarets.

Sam Higgins stood over it, sending a low, driven effort straight into the hands of the goalkeeper.

Montel Agyemang then followed suit, earning himself a yellow after he mistimed his challenge on Muldoon, leaving the Clarets midfielder needing treatment.

Jonny Giles was the next player to find joy down the left flank, delivering a deep cross over to the far side, finding Chris Whelpdale, who's left footed effort flew well over the crossbar.

The Clarets then won a free-kick following a push in the back, however the following delivery was easily dealt with and headed out for a Welling throw-in.

The Clarets, who enjoyed the majority of possession in the opening 35 minutes, won another free-kick midway in the Welling half. Muldoon stood over it before whipping in a deadly ball which found the head of Higgins who tested the gloves of Wilks for a second time.

In a half of few chances for the visitors, their next opportunity came 37 minutes in, however. A corner kick was easily claimed by Pentney, who gathered the ball unchallenged.

City ended the half the stronger of the two sides, when Loza used his pace to counter, before setting up Whelpdale who struck with the outside of his boot, forcing a smart save from Wilks to keep the score level going into the interval.

The first chance of the second period fell in favor of the hosts. Sam Higgins cleverly took the sting out of the ball with his chest, giving possession to Giles in the process, before the attacking midfielder used tremendous footwork and unleashed a venomous strike which fizzled over the bar.

Welling registered their first chance of the half on 53 minutes, capitalizing on a sloppy Chelmsford pass. Smart link-up play from Goldberg followed, before the attacker teed up Adam Coombes, who forced a fantastic save from Pentney, who parried over the bar.

Loza, who was a threat going forward all game for City, was able to get hold of the ball before flashing a ball across the box, narrowly missing the boot of Anthony Church and subsequently being cleared.

As the second half went on, the visitors grew into it further and further and eventually registered the games best chance. Chelmsford's attempt at a clearance just inside their half cannoned off Coombes. The Wings attacker was then given space to get a shot away on the edge of the area which hit the upside of the crossbar.

Nathan Green was next to force a save from Pentney in a short wave of pressure from Welling. Green found himself one-on-one before unleashing a shot, however Pentney was again equal to it, denying an opening goal.

Second-half substitute, Shaun Jeffers immediately introduced himself into the action, firing a left-foot shot over the bar.The Clarets forward then connected with a header forcing Wilks to tip over the bar for a corner.

Robbie Simpson, also a second half introduction almost turned provider as City also registered an chance against the upright. The experienced forward was able to deliver a dangerous cross towards Whelpdale, who's headed effort at the back post fell just wide of the mark.

Despite the Clarets' late pressure, it was Welling who took the lead with five minutes remaining. Goldberg was played through on goal and was able to finally get the better of Pentney, sliding an effort into the bottom corner.

Despite this late blow for City, Shaun Jeffers and Chelmsford's perseverance paid off with a matter of minutes to play. A mix-up within the Welling defence allowed Jeffers plenty of time to finish past Wilks and claim a valuable point in the first of a bank holiday double header.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 24, Aug 2019

Kickoff

15:00

Attendance

747

Competition

Vanarama National League South

League position

11
Chelmsford City
13
Welling United