Clarets Hit Four

Slough Town

Slough Town

Chelmsford City

Chelmsford City

Duffy (43), Ibe (57), England (0-3, 77)
League Attendance: 357 Mark Bartley
A common story and a common outcome for Slough this season and despite a lot of effort and hard work, another heavy defeat was the end result for the Rebels.

Against a much fancied Chelmsford side who were still in the hunt for the title, Slough had held their opponents until the closing stages of the first half and even had a goal chalked off in the 17th minute as Michael Donovan headed home at the back post. The run of Mark Bartley, who was offside, in front of Ashley Harrison in the Clarets goal was enough for the match officials to deem the Rebels utility player had interfered with play and the goal was ruled out.

Prior to this, Ben Chenery was fortunate to see only a yellow card as he brought down Bartley on the edge of the area, with Terry Davies finding the wall with the resulting free kick.

Danny Jeffries put a lobbed effort just wide of Harrison's goal before the visitors started to take control of the game. Lee Boylan fizzed a cross in from the left, but it was just too far in front of Jeff Minton and then when presented with a chance of his own, Boylan could only find the Rebels captain, Steve Daly, in the way although it did need a clearance from the goalmouth to remove the danger. Keize Ibe also went close before Chris Duffy opened the scoring with a back post header in the 43rd minute.

Slough had done well to frustrate their opponents but as they have found so often this season, luck has gone against them.

The lively Lucas Bizon did fashion the opening chance of the second half as Slough looked to get back on level terms but fired over when he should have done better.

The game was effectively won in the 57th minute as Ibe got himself on the scoresheet. A shot from Jamie England was parried out and the striker showed his scoring instincts to get to the rebound and prod home from close range.

Not long after, it was three. England was again involved, this time converting a Ricky Holmes cross from the right.

By now, Chelmsford were firmly in control and Slough were unable to offer any attacking threat in the match despite the best efforts of Abby Nsubuga and Bartley. Boylan twice went close, but neither of his opportunities tested Carl Dennison on the Slough goal as the keeper was able to claim both shots with ease.

England added his second, and Chelmsford's fourth, of the evening with 77 minutes on the clock. Dennison saved an effort from Spencer Knight, but as with the Ibe goal earlier Chelmsford were first to react to the rebound and England steered home for the Clarets.

Both sides made changes and the game petered out. Andrew Deaner and Michael Perrineau-Daley entered the field, replacing Lucas Bizon and Abby Nsubuga, whilst Ibe and Holmes were replaced by Jason Hallet and Stuart Ainsley.

Boylan again missed the target when well placed before the final chance of the game fell to the Rebels. Rav Braith latched onto a near post flick on but unfortunately for the defender he could not get his effort on target and the ball went wide.

Chelmsford City Lineup

1. Ashley Harrison, 2. Jay Conroy, 3. Spencer Knight, 4. Ben Chenery, 5. Steve Ward, 6. Chris Duffy, 7. Jamie England, 8. Jeff Minton, 9. Kezie Ibe, 10. Lee Boylan, 11. Ricky Holmes. Subs: 12. Stuart Ainsley (for Holmes), 14. Dwain Clarke, 15. Jason Hallett (for Ibe), 16. Marcel Nugent, 17. Richard McKinney


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