Clarets bow out of the FA Trophy at the hands of Tranmere Rovers

Melbourne Stadium, which hosted Chelmsford's defeat to Tranmere in the FA Trophy

Melbourne Stadium, which hosted Chelmsford's defeat to Tranmere in the FA Trophy

Chelmsford City 1 Tranmere Rovers 4

Chelmsford City bowed out of the FA Trophy at the hands of National League promotion hopefuls Tranmere Rovers, following defeat in a third round replay at Melbourne Stadium tonight.

The Clarets had done so well to hold Rovers to a 1-1 draw in the original tie at Prenton Park, but the visitors were out of sight by half-time, having built up a 3-0 lead.

A poor back pass by defender Chris Bush enabled Rovers to break the deadlock on the half-hour mark, with Jake Kirby rounding keeper Ross Fitzsimons to slot into an empty net.

Tranmere doubled their lead when a cross by Steve Jennings was headed into his own by Mark Haines for an unfortunate own goal, and Ritchie Sutton made it 3-0 with a looping header from Buxton’s free-kick.


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The Clarets got on the score-sheet on 62 minutes, thanks to Elliott Buchanan’s volley, but Kirby ran through to grab his second and Tranmere’s fourth.

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