Mon 02
First Team
1
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1
League
Billericay Town
A Church (51')
L Ramsay (68' Sent Off), M Emmanuel (70')
Chelmsford City 1 - 1 Billericay Town

Chelmsford City 1 - 1 Billericay Town

By Steve Parker
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The Clarets picked up another point at Melbourne Park on Monday night following a score draw against local rivals Billericay Town.


Writes Jake Moore....

A goal with half an hour to play from City captain Anthony Church was cancelled out by Moses Emmanuel for the visitors just 9 minutes later and the visitors were able to hang on with 10 men in what will feel like two points dropped for Chelmsford.

Billericay had shouts for a penalty waved away in the opening few minutes of the game, before Sam Deering delivered a dangerous cross into the box that proved easy for Carl Pentney to claim.

Deering then found himself on the end of an aerial flick-on from Matt Rhead but the midfielder, who was unmarked - fired his strike over the bar.

City's first real sight of goal came on 21 minutes through Elliot Omuzusi. The Claret's right-back flew down the right-hand side before delivering a deep cross towards Billy Knott, who fired a shot that looked to be going way wide, but instead deflected off Robbie Simpson before travelling just wide of the post.

Billericay then earned a couple of corners in quick succession which eventually led to Jordan Parkes having a shot at goal from far out, but his effort was deflected and saved comfortably by Pentney.

Arguably the visitors best chance of the game came next through eventual goalscorer Moses Emmanuel. The Town forward picked up possession on the left flank before driving forward, cutting in on his favored right-foot and unleashing a venomous strike at goal the flew past the post.

Chris Whelpdale was next to fire a shot at goal but his eventual effort fell well wide of the goal.

Whelpdale then attempted to turn provider after driving past Callum Kennedy, but his cross towards Omuzusi was collected easily by 'Ricay 'keeper Alan Julian.

Simpson, who's awareness and link-up play was a joy to watch all night, then fed Billy Knott who drove at the defence and unleashed a great strike, subsequently forcing a great save from Julian.

With the deadlock yet to be broken going into the second-half, either side were in need of some inspiration, which eventually came in the form of Knott's left-foot. The midfielder won a free-kick after being fouled by Kennedy, before his resulting ball in found the head of Anthony Church who managed to power past Julian to give the hosts the lead.

Town then had a free-kick of their own just 3 minutes later. Parkes' delivery is deflected and looped just over the bar for a corner.

The resulting set-piece was cleared only as far as Parkes again who's effort is again deflected, but this time comfortably saved by Pentney.

Parkes followed his shot up with a dangerous free-kick, however Gavin Gunning could only head over the bar from close range.

The visitors were then reduced to 10 men as Louis Ramsay received a second yellow card after a foul on Frazer Shaw.

This didn't seem to phase the visitors however, as a mere two minutes later, they were back on level terms.

Moses Emmanuel was played through on goal before finishing well past Pentney.

The Clarets almost restored their lead immediately through Tom Wraight, who unfortunately could only head a Whelpdale cross wide.

Both Whelpdale and Wraight then saw goal-bound efforts blocked just in time by the Town defenders.

Wraight then got on the end of a cross from Knott, but this time his header fell straight into the hands of Julian.

Spillane tried to get in on the act shortly after, but his headed effort flew over the bar.

The hosts then had shouts for a penalty turned down after Spillane was adjudged to have been brought to ground.

With 5 minutes additional time, Knott curled a free-kick just over, before Spillane attempted the spectacular with an effort from 30 yards out firing just over the bar in what proved to be the last of an action-packed local derby.

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Match details

Match date

Mon 02, Sep 2019

Kickoff

19:45

Attendance

1,395

Competition

Vanarama National League South

League position

2
Billericay Town
9
Chelmsford City