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Chelmsford City 3 Eastbourne Borough 0
4:57pm Sunday 20th October 2013 in Local Sport
CHELMSFORD City secured back-to-back victories after an encouraging 3-0 win over highly placed Eastbourne Borough, prompting praise from manager Dean Holdsworth.
Leon Redwood’s strike eight minutes before half-time ensured the hosts went into the interval in front before an own goal by Lewis Tallack and a Sam Long strike made sure of the three points.
Holdsworth said: “I’m really delighted. I think the familiarity of the players is growing in confidence and they are all starting to understand each other as well.
"It could have been five or six but I’m delighted for the lads. They’ve trained really well; the last sessions have been really good so I’m delighted for them.
“If you carry on doing the right things you will win the game. I think getting the all-important first goal, for us, is really important. I’m really pleased for them.
“It’s two clean sheets and it’s fantastic.”
The game began in exciting and somewhat unusual fashion when the Clarets were awarded an indirect free-kick on the edge of the six-yard box after keeper Craig Ross handled a back pass.
Although the opportunity was in an encouraging position, Charlie Henry couldn’t strike the ball past the eight yellow shirts of Eastbourne that collated on the line as the visitors cleared.
Both sides were really intent at having a go and that created a fantastic spectacle, particularly on the zippy surface.
And Eastbourne’s Charlie Gorman used the slick pitch to his advantage when he drifted his free-kick to the far post, causing a brief spell of danger for the hosts.
Clarets’ winger Charlie Henry gave the free-flowing Eastbourne something to think about and act upon when his own far post cross was met by the head of Edmans.
However, the tall front man, who scored the winner in City’s previous match, couldn’t angle his header back towards goal and the ball flew wide.
Henry tried his luck again two minutes later, creating a near carbon-copy of the previous attack, although this time his effort pulled a stop from Craig Ross who was at hand to clear the danger.
The Clarets began to dominate and look more comfortable on the ball against a side whose formation was of an irregular sort with the defence and midfield swapping and changing; which City had to be aware of.
The sun broke through the clouds at Melbourne at a time when the Clarets’ attacking threat looked the most dangerous.
City were soon basking in the sunshine when Tom Derry skipped past Gary Hart to set up Edmans, whose initial shot was blocked.
Joshua Warren’s effort was also hacked away to City full-back Leon Redwood who struck low into the corner thanks to a heavy deflection for the first goal of the game on 39 minutes.
The Clarets reduced Boro to very few chances in the second half and continued to press their defence. Leon Redwood and Charlie Henry were particularly pleasing and the aesthetics of City’s play was certainly enthusing as the game wore on.
The latter had a chance of his own when Tom Derry clipped a ball into his path from the right flank but the winger’s acrobatic effort on the volley sailed high over the bar.
Chelmsford sustained the pressure when Leon Redwood whipped a delightful ball into the box which was met by Sam Long at the back post, although the final effort was just wide of the upright.
City reaped the fruits of their labours on 71 minutes when the second goal finally arrived. Charlie Henry’s corner from the right-hand side was met by the head of Mark Haines who was lurking at the back post.
His effort was turned in by Lewis Tallack, who could not get out of the way of the ‘keepers save, and the ball was tumbled over the goal line to double the hosts’ advantage.
Eight minutes later the Clarets netted again. A lung-busting run by Tom Derry resulted in the forward picking out Sam Long with a pin-point cross.
Long was left with the easiest of tasks as he tapped home to secure the win and the all-important three points.
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