City progressed to the next round of the Essex Senior Cup last night with a 3-1 win over Tilbury.
Lewis Smith gave the visitors a first-half lead but substitute Rhys Murphy levelled just before the break.
Scott Fenwick put City ahead midway through the second half from the penalty spot. Murphy scored his second and Chelmsford’s third late-on as he converted from the spot.
So, what can we take from City’s win last night?
City continue to take the County Cup seriously
Rod Stringer has always taken the County Cup seriously. Stringer won the competition in his first season as City boss and reached the final the following season – losing to Billericay Town – and he made no sign of resting on his laurels as he named a strong side.
Some people may have expected the City boss to experiment with his side in last night’s fixture. To some degree he did. The Clarets opted for a new back three set-up which involved Elliot Omozusi, Michael Spillane and Joe Anderson. However, Stringer made just three changes to the team that drew at Woking over a week ago – Jonny Giles, Scott Fenwick and Tom Wraight came into the starting eleven as they sought after valuable game time.
The unlucky Chiedozie
Chiedozie joined the Clarets back in pre-season but was unlucky not to feature due to an injury picked up in the warm-up fixtures. The talented youngster returned to the squad towards the end of last month, featuring as a substitute in the defeats to Worthing and St Albans City.
The 24-year-old was handed his first start for City away to Woking and provided a promising taste of what he could provide in the 65 minutes that he played. Working tirelessly to create chances and forever chasing the ball down, Chiedozie appeared as the desired player that City supporters had long been crying out for.
So, when Chiedozie over-stretched as he reached for a left-wing cross and fell to the ground, holding his hamstring in agony we assumed the worst. To see him limping off after just 20 minutes against Tilbury is painful but hopefully he won’t be sidelined for too long.
Giles is unplayable on his day
Ever since making his debut for the Clarets back in August 2017, Giles has shown his true talent and it was no different last night. The tricky winger constantly weaved his way between the defenders as he made darting runs on the left-wing.
His clever movement led to numerous chances being created however, unfortunately the Clarets were unable to capitalise on them.
Throughout his time in a City shirt Giles has always given his all. The former Oxford United academy starlet has a bright future.
We need to capitalise on our chances
City dominated the entirety of the game. In the lead-up to Tilbury’s goal, the Clarets had numerous chances to open their account: Chris Whelpdale shot wildly past Jamie Merralls’ near post and Jordan Chiedozie mis-placed a series of efforts.
Lewis Smith gave the Dockers the lead, albeit massively against the run-of-play, and City went in search for an equaliser. Their desperate attempts for a leveller seemed to always go marginally wide, although City’s efforts eventually materialised as Murphy lashed home from inside the box.
City ended the fixture with a two-goal lead but it could have been a much greater advantage. Church managed to miss when it was easier to score after stealing the ball from Merralls outside the box, while Whelpdale slid past the ball moments earlier.
At the end of the day, City have progressed to the next round of the Essex Senior Cup. Although the scoreline could have flattered the Clarets much more.
Will the win act as a springboard?
The Clarets’ longest winning run this season is two games, a feat achieved twice thus far. City return to League action this weekend following a weekend away from competitive football. However, the Clarets earned a valuable point at promotion chasing Woking just over a week ago.
City’s comprehensive County Cup victory will certainly boost confidence among the squad. Scott Fenwick completed a full ninety minutes while the trialed ‘three at the back’ system had it’s positives.
October ends with trips to Oxford City and Concord Rangers before a November in which City take on Eastbourne Borough and Truro City. Chelmsford will be keen to build some momentum and achieve their first League win since Saturday 15 September this weekend and hopefully it’ll be the springboard into a run of good form.