Enfield Town 1 Chelmsford City 3
Useful test for emerging squad
Town went down 1-3 to Vanarama South visitors Chelmsford City at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium last night (Tuesday).
The hosts got off to a bright start after a third minute shot from one of the many trialists on view was parried by visiting keeper Sam Beasant, and striker Simon Thomas was on hand to knock home the rebound.
After nine minutes, City were level when a Chris Bush cross from the left was converted by Michael West. Two minutes after that, they were in front. Chris Dickson got to the ball ahead of Rob Bartley on the City left, cut inside, and curled the ball expertly over Joe Wright into the top corner.
A long throw from a Town trialist on the right found the head of Thomas but he couldn’t quite make sufficient connection. Darren Purse was on hand to head a dangerous ball behind after Dickson had crossed for Jim Stevenson, and then Wright saved a Max Porter header from a corner.
After Shaun Batt saw his deflected shot hit the top of the Town crossbar, Dickson found himself in a similar position to when he scored earlier, but this time Wright grabbed his effort high above his head.
There were no changes at half-time and in the opening minutes after the break Thomas was caught just offside from a dangerous Bartley through-ball, and Mario Noto then blazed fractionally wide from distance.
Just beyond the hour mark, Town made a number of changes, and this was followed a few minutes later by City changing all their outfield players.
More home substitutions followed, and City’s Michael Spillane made it 3-1 with a shot from the edge of the box twenty minutes from time.
Andy Leese said “I thought it was pretty even for much of the first hour, although maybe at times we lacked a bit of cohesion. But this will improve as we play more games. This match was Chelmsford’s fifth friendly, whereas we have only played a couple, and they are rightly one of the favourites for their league title, so it was always going to be chalk and cheese in comparison with Saturday.”
Town starting XI: Joe Wright, Mickey Parcell, Trialist, Darren Purse, Rob Bartley, Mario Noto, Ryan Blackman, Trialist, Simon Thomas, Drew Roberts, Trialist. Subs: Steve Wales, Ryan Blake, George Beattie, Harley Haag and five more trialists.