Easy victory for home side
Slazenger EHL Division 1Chelmsford 3 Sheffield University Bankers 0Chelmsford produced one of their best team performances for some time as they came away with a three-goal victory against Sheffield University Bankers.
Slazenger EHL Division 1
Chelmsford 3 Sheffield University Bankers 0
Chelmsford produced one of their best team performances for some time as they came away with a three-goal victory against Sheffield University Bankers. The game was a scrappy affair, a scenario they often struggle with.
Chelmsford were up against it from the start, as their small squad had all played the previous day, whilst Sheffield were able to turn up to the game fresh. However, they started the game in very impressive fashion, with Luke Mepham controlling much of the game from midfield.
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In the twelfth minute, Chelmsford deservedly took the lead, with player-coach Duncan Woods firing home. Chelmsford could have gone two up with one of the goals of the season as an intricate move ended up with Olly Cooper providing a cross, but Ed Stanhope was unable to apply the finish.
However, Adam Hunter was able to give the Essex side some breathing space, as Dan Emery's smart free-hit found Hunter in space. Although he clearly mis-hit his shot, it managed to bobble its way into the bottom corner.
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Chelmsford knew that the Yorkshire side would come out at them with some fight in the second half. However, Chelmsford's experienced backline were able to contain the pressure, and on the occasions that Sheffield did break through, Dean Armstrong was a perpetual obstacle.
Teenager Richard Nourse managed to round things off in the 58th minute with his first National League goal. Following a good advantage by the umpire, Nourse was able to round the goalkeeper before finishing with a reverse stick strike.
Chelmsford will now be looking to use this as a platform to use for the remainder of the season, but next week have a lot to prove against Brooklands. They are able to welcome back Adrian Palmer after his suspension.