CHELMSFORD City won their first league match in almost seven weeks as they bid to get back into the play-off shake-up.

The Clarets had dropped out of the top seven and were looking to close the gap on the leaders against Chippenham Town, which they did following a 2-0 victory at Melbourne Park.

Christ Dickson’s penalty put the Clarets ahead just before half-time, while Elliot Omozusi scored his first goal for Chelmsford from a corner to secure the points.

And it was a result that delighted manager Rod Stringer.

“I’m delighted to get the win”, he said. “We’ve had a really bad January in the league and it has been tough.

“As much as we’ve dropped points, we’ve had the energy to keep going here and the boys have bought into that. Overall, I thought we were outstanding.”

Anthony Church had seen a goal ruled out in the National League South clash before the opener arrived.

A red card for Curtis McDonald for a foul on Shaun Batt resulted in a penalty being awarded - and Dickson made no mistake from 12 yards.

Chances at both ends followed before the Clarets wrapped up the points in the final 15 minutes - Omozusi heading in Taylor Miles’ corner.

Chelmsford City: Jessup, James, Braham-Barrett, Miles, Spillane, Omozusi, Giles, Church, Batt (Oyenuga 79’), Dickson (Davies 89’), Graham (Green 85’)