Slough beaten in Essex again

Chelmsford City

Chelmsford City

Cross (42, 45), Cooper (89)
Slough Town

Slough Town

League Attendance: 427 James Saulsbury
Slough Town's miserable record in Essex continued as former Rebel Garry Cross returned to haunt his former club with two goals.

Both sides adapted well to the difficult conditions early on, passing the ball around nicely. It was the Rebels, though, who had the best early chances.

First Ryan Spencer hit a fizzing shot across goal from an Alex Haddow corner, with only a touch needed. Then soon after, Glen Harris fed Matt Seedel, who in turn set up Spencer. He saw his low shot saved by goalkeeper Paul Nichols.

It was the home side who took the lead though on 42 minutes when good play from Steve Butterworth saw the ball eventually find its way to Cross. The midfielder hit a low skidding shot into the back of the net, beyond goalkeeper Michael Parkin's reach.

It was soon 2-0 moments later when a poor clearance in the Rebels defence led to Gary Ansell picking the ball up. He found Cross who made no mistake to score his second goal of the game.

The scoreline was somewhat harsh on the Rebels, in an evenly matched game, but poor defending and good finishing saw the home side go into the break with a comfortable lead.

In the second-half Slough pressured the Chelmsford defence for the opening fifteen minutes, but never really tested Nicholls. In this spell Seedel saw a deflected effort go wide and Christian Metcalfe hit a volley from the edge of the area, also off-target.

Slough threw on Veli Hakki and Matt Murphy in place of Glen Harris and Ryan Spencer in hope of goals, but it was Chelmsford who wrapped up the game on the break when Parkin denied Ansell but Sammy Cooper was on hand to hit home the rebound and confirm victory.

Chelmsford City Lineup


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