FA Trophy 1st Round
Saturday 10 December 2011 - Melbourne Park - kick off 3.00pm
||Matthews, Simpson, Gallinagh (Stonehouse 90), Jones (c), Burnell, Connolly, M Canham, Murray (Russell 79), Amadi-Holloway (Bryan 69), Hogg, Cook. subs not used: Clough, Rollo.
|man of the match:
||M Canham (pen 49), Murray 66), Cook (88)
||T Robinson (Bognor Regis), S Finch (Southampton), N Wallace (Crawley)
|league position: n/a
||next match: Kettering Town (A)
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Bath City manager Adie Britton clearly enjoys his visits to Melbourne Park. Having masterminded a play-off semi-final win over Chelmsford in May 2010, this afternoon his side returned to Essex to inflict the home side’s first defeat since September 3.
The FA Trophy may not be much of an attraction in its early stages but any win at the moment is a powerful morale-booster for a struggling City side, who now go into the hat for Monday’s second-round draw having banked £5,000 in prize money.
All of the goals came in the second half, with a Marc Canham penalty, Scott Murray’s third goal in as many games and Jamie Cook’s long-awaited first for the club sealing the visitors’ passage.
However, in the opening stages an away victory looked unlikely as Chelmsford poured forward in numbers, keeper Jason Matthews stretching to tip an Aiden Palmer shot over the crossbar in the third minute.
Gradually the visitors came back into the match, although Murray’s shot on 19 minutes was more in danger of hitting the corner flag than Stuart Searle’s goal. He soon made amends, though, forcing a fine save from the keeper just minutes later after a twisting and turning run past the home defence.
Chelmsford still posed the more potent threat with Palmer and Ricky Modeste causing trouble down either flank and Kezie Ibe racing through the middle. In the 37th minute the two wing men combined effectively as Palmer’s dipping cross was met by the head of Modeste, only for Matthews to again tip the ball over the bar.
Finally, City began to stir themselves and six minutes before the interval came their best chance of the half. A Murray corner was swung deep to the edge of the 18-yard box and Gethin Jones’ powerful header was tipped over by Searle.
Yet overall it was a modest first half from both sides, with bouts of head tennis on the halfway line doing little to cheer the crowd on a bitterly cold afternoon. Despite this, Chelmsford had the better of the chances and could consider themselves unlucky not to be in front.
The second half was a different story. Within five minutes of the restart a handball by Justin Miller under pressure from Jones saw referee Tim Robinson award a penalty and Canham made no mistake from the spot, placing the ball beyond Searle’s reach and into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.
It was lead that lasted just four minutes as in Chelmsford's first attack following the goal Ibe was upended in the penalty area by Jones, who received a yellow card, and Parker converted from the spot.
For a moment Chelmsford were in the ascendency, yet just as suddenly the game began to swing the other way as spaces opened up around the pitch and the gulf between the Blue Square Bet Premier and South became apparent.
First to exploit it was Cook, who found a yard of pace through the centre and went past the keeper, only to have his shot cleared off the line by defender Kevin Haines.
Canham then put in a 30-yard cross-field pass to Murray, who, without hesitating, took one stride before powerfully striking the ball home. It served to knock the wind out of the sails of the home side.
Then, as time ran down, came the killer blow. Substitute Joe Bryan raced down the left touchline and put in a cross which Lewis Hogg got to through a crowd of players, only for his shot to come back off the bar. Cook followed up and made no mistake, burying the ball in Searle’s goal with just two minutes of normal time remaining.
There was still time for one final scare for City as they allowed Parker to net his second in stoppage time but they saw out the final seconds to secure a deserved first-round victory.