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Weston-super-Mare 3 Chelmsford City 0
4:56pm Thursday 7th March 2013 in Sport
MANAGER Glenn Pennyfather has highlighted the need to move on quickly after goals from Dayle Grubb, Chas Hemmings and Brett Trowbridge consigned Chelmsford City to a three-goal defeat, though he was able to draw comfort from the Clarets’ first half showing at the Woodspring Stadium.
Injury-depleted City remain in fourth position in the Blue Square Bet South but they missed the opportunity to gain ground on the leading sides after Salisbury City lost elsewhere on the night.
With ten absentees from the squad, Chelmsford now hope a number of players recover in time for a home double-header at the weekend.
Concentrating on the last dozen games, Glenn said: “I thought we’d been playing well in the first half, without creating too many chances. Then they went 1-0 up against the run of play and 2-0 the other side of half time, which means you’re up against it.
"Weston have been on a great run, getting results against Welling and Salisbury, and now us. It was a difficult time to come down here, but we simply have to take it on the chin and move on.”
Central defender Kenny Clark started his two-match suspension, replaced by Mark Haines who was returning from his own ban, while new signing Michael Bakare was added to the line-up for injured central midfielder David Rainford.
They were involved in a fairly even contest until the opening goal on 41 minutes when Grubb fired in a belter from 25 yards.
That changed the game dramatically and, two minutes the other side of the interval, Weston took full control of the game with a second goal.
This time it was Hemmings who slotted home from a couple of yards out after getting on the end of a swirling cross.
The night was to end on a sour note for the striker, however. With 77 minutes played he swung an elbow at Haines and was dismissed by Referee Adam Hopkins, reducing the hosts to ten men.
Nevertheless the Somerset club failed to back down, adding a third ten minutes from time as Trowbridge launched a 30-yarder out of nothing into the top corner.
“The players we had out on the pitch were certainly good enough, so we can’t blame injuries,” said Glenn.
“We need to keep things in perspective. We’ve got twelve games left and eight of them are at home, so we have to dust ourselves down and move forward.”