Belper 1 Chelmsford 0
Division OneBelper 1 Chelmsford 0Chelmsford lost in their return to outdoor action thanks to a controversial Sam McCambridge goal.The Essex side, through a combination of suspension and injury, had to field a side with a number of the team playing out of position, however they showed great resilience.
Belper 1 Chelmsford 0
Chelmsford lost in their return to outdoor action thanks to a controversial Sam McCambridge goal.
The Essex side, through a combination of suspension and injury, had to field a side with a number of the team playing out of position, however they showed great resilience.
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Elliot Seleska impressed in central defence, from his usual midfield role, while teenagers Richard Nourse and Ed Stanhope were always willing forward runners for their midfield.
Chelmsford created the best chances of the first half, most notably with Nourse shooting agonisingly wide after finding space behind the Belper defence.
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The visitors also had a claim for a penalty stroke turned down after Dan Emery was seemingly fouled while shooting from close range.
Chelmsford spent the majority of the half defending resolutely, with Olly Cooper, most notably picking off any balls that came near to him.
The game's only goal came in the 47th minute when an aerial into the 'D' was allowed to bounce and McCambridge swatted the ball home.
Different umpiring interpretations could potentially have resulted in at least two infringements - the first receiver not within the necessary five metre distance, while McCambridge's swat hit goalkeeper Dean Armstrong in the helmet - both grey areas in the rules.