Ex-U's man gets dramatic winner

FORMER U's player David Rainford reappeared to haunt his old club as he converted an injury-time penalty to seal a last-gasp win for Chelmsford City over Colchester United Reserves.

Carl Marston

FORMER U's player David Rainford reappeared to haunt his old club as he converted an injury-time penalty to seal a last-gasp win for Chelmsford City over Colchester United Reserves.

The Clarets looked to be heading out of the Essex Senior Cup at the semi-final stage, because they trailed for the bulk of this match to Anthony Wordsworth's 17th-minute goal for the visiting U's.

But just when it seemed as though the U's had booked their place in the final, non-league hosts Chelmsford struck two late blows to turn this game on its head.


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First striker James Hallett grabbed a 90th-minute equaliser, after Mark Cousins had only half-cleared a corner, but there was even more drama to come in stoppage time.

Chelmsford had strong appeals for a penalty turned down, when centre-half James Hammond appeared to upend former Ipswich Town trainee Oliver Berquez, but they were awarded a much softer spot kick from the ensuing corner. And appropriately it was Rainford who swept home the conclusive penalty.

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Rainford, now aged 29, made just one first team appearance for the U's, as a substitute at York City in September, 1998. He made three further appearances in the League that season for Scarborough, but has since been a very effective player in non-league circles.

The U's had included several players with first-team experience in their ranks, including keeper Cousins, defenders John White and Matt Heath, midfielder Wordsworth and striker Sunday-Akanni Wasiu (back from his loan spell at Luton).

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