Mon 26
Maidstone United
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D Wishart (5'), (85'), J Amaluzor (61'), I Akanbi (68')
R Simpson (45')
Maidstone United 4-1 Chelmsford City

Maidstone United 4-1 Chelmsford City

By Chris Berry
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City's wait for a first away win of the season goes on following a bank holiday defeat to Maidstone United at the Gallagher Stadium.


Writes Jake Moore...

The Clarets started the game strongly through Chris Whelpdale. The midfielder picked up the ball within the first minute of the game before firing a shot just over the bar.

Maidstone replied almost instantly by registering their first chance of the afternoon. Forward Jonathan Edwards dragged a shot wide of the target.

The Stones took the lead after just 5 minutes through Dan Wishart. The defender was left unmarked following a cross into the Clarets' penalty area before finishing beyond Carl Pentney.

City's confidence didn't seem to be knocked however, almost responding straight away through Shaun Jeffers. Fresh from his equalising goal last time out, the striker was played through by Billy Knott before sending an effort goalwards and forcing Stones' 'keeper Jake Cole into a smart save.

The ball then fell to Knott from the resulting corner, who fired an effort just wide of the post.

Edwards went close for a second time in the opening 10 minutes, forcing Pentney into a good save following a header.

Jeffers replied by testing the hosts' defence and winning a corner. Knott then delivered the ball in towards the back post, finding Robbie Simpson who could only head wide of the goal.

Matt McClure was next to get a shot away for Maidstone after Adrian Cascaval failed to clear his lines, however the striker's effort fizzed just past the post.

City won another corner on 25 minutes which was again delivered by Knott, and this time met by Whelpdale at the back post, testing Cole with a header towards goal.

Maidstone followed up with a chance of their own from a corner, however Ryan Johnson could only head wide.

With 5 minutes until the interval, City's pressure almost paid off as Jeffers was again played through, this time by Simpson, but the resulting strike was blocked for a corner.

The Clarets weren't to go into the break empty-handed though. In the third and final minute of added time at the end of the half, Simpson found himself in possession before turning and getting a shot away which then deflected past Cole for his first goal in Chelmsford colors.

City began the second-half strongly, going in search of a second, and managed to create the first notable chance of the second 45. Knott stood over a freekick before his delivery found Anthony Church who headed just over from inside the box.

Church then connected with another Knott set-piece, this time a corner, but his effort is cleared off the line.

Despite an encouraging start to the second-half, City found themselves behind for a second time. Justin Amaluzor's drilled shot from the edge of the box went beyond Pentney to put the hosts back in front with half an hour to play.

Sam Corne was next to threaten for Maistone, forcing a fine save from Pentney after a strike from the edge of the box.

It wasn't long before the Stones doubled their lead through Ibby Akanbi who capitalized on some poor defensive work before poking home to put the hosts further ahead.

With just 5 minutes remaining, Corne went in search of a fourth for Maidstone. The midfielder took aim from distance again, forcing Pentney into another great save.

The fourth eventually came with not long left on the clock. Wishart sent a volley flying past Pentney to notch his second goal of the afternoon and put the game to bed.

City did have the opportunity for a consolation goal on 90 minutes, however Simpson's header from a Whelpdale cross was off target.

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Match details

Match date

Mon 26, Aug 2019

Kickoff

15:00

Attendance

1,914

Competition

Vanarama National League South

League position

10
Maidstone United
11
Chelmsford City