Chelmsford City Ladies
Essex County Womens League
League Cup 2nd Round
Chelmsford City 7 Basildon United 0
Chelmsford were looking to continue their excellent display from last week and completely dominated the opening 45 mins, forcing the visitors to defend for long periods. Despite City's constant pressure they only had a solitary Kerri Binks goal to show for their efforts at half time, mainly due to the woodwork and the Basildon keeper pulling off a number of excellent saves.
However, the second half saw City's excellent work-rate and clinical finishing result in them netting a further six times. Paula Drane scored the second, calmly sliding the ball past the keeper before Emma Wells grabbed a third following a strong run down the right culminating in her bending a right foot shot into the top corner.
Shirley Cole scored the 4th following good work from Lucy Garrett and Emma Ridings, the latter providing the perfect chip over the defence. Drane netted her second with a trademark corner, Sharon Brownlie causing confusion at the near post with the ball flying straight in before Brownlie herself grabbed goal no 6, a power-driver from the edge of the box into the bottom corner.
Ridings rounded off the scoring with a deserved seventh, powering a unstoppable header from a corner into the top right hand corner of the net to round off a pleasing performance for the management.
Chelmsford City: Waters, Marshall, Thompson, Harman (Ridings), Bell, Wells, Brownlie, Cole, Drane, Garrett and Binks. Unused sub: Smith.
League Cup 2nd Round
Chelmsford City Reserves 3 Colchester United Reserves 0
High flying Division Two side, caused the cup upset of the round with a superb victory on Sunday over their Division One opponents.
There was nothing to choose between the sides until midway through the first half when City were awarded a free kick on the edge of the Colchester area and Helen Alder struck a beautifully flighted effort over the wall into the corner of the net.
The remainder of the half saw Colchester press hard but City's defence, in which Hannah Lackenby and Dawn Barnard were prominent, held firm.
After the break, City started well with strikers Alder and Angela McPhee posing a constant threat up front while Rachel Brett and Anna Cornish worked tireless in midfield.
A second City goal arrived just after the hour mark with a typical strike from McPhee who outpaced the U's defence before coolly slotting the ball past the keeper. This was followed quickly by Alder's second goal to make the game safe and ease any worries of Colchester getting back into the game.
Chelmsford continued to create chances up to the final whistle, notably Dawn Barnard forcing a good save from the U's keeper and Alder nearly completing her hat-trick with a spectacular overhead kick. City were good value for their victory, having played their best football of the season so far.
Chelmsford City: Smith, Threadgold, Roberts, Brett, Barnard, Vernon (Groom), Alder, Lackenby, G. McPhee, Cornish and A. McPhee. Unused subs: Cornell, Wheeler and Ruck.
Essex County Girls League
Under 14 North Division
Colchester United FitC 1 Chelmsford City 3
Chelmsford City continued their fine form in the league, and made the away game at Colchester their fourth consecutive victory. Rachel Armstrong netted an early goal for Chelmsford, but United fought back with an equaliser close to half time, making it 1-1 at the break.
The second half saw Ashleigh Harding immediately giving City the lead once more, with a well-taken shot, lowering Colchester's confidence considerably. The City attack continued to push forward, with the defence staying back in a disciplined fashion, allowing Ashleigh Harding to secure the win for City with a last-minute goal.
The real star of the show was City's stand-in goalkeeper, Shannon Clarke, who deservedly picked up the player of the match award for her team, with an outstandingly committed performance.
Under 12 North Division
Chelmsford City 4 Rayne Cygnets 0
On a bitterly cold day City knew they were probably going to have a tough game on their hands. At least half of the squad were sick or injured and Rayne were in no mood to allow City an easy ride. Both sides battled hard with City having a few early chances, but producing nothing to trouble the Rayne keeper much. It was over twenty minutes into the match before City broke the deadlock. A goal mouth scramble from a City corner saw their usual keeper, Gabrielle Gunn put the ball into the Rayne net.
The match then continued with little opportunity until fifteen minutes into the second half when Rayne broke through the City defense but shot straight at the keeper in a one on one.
City managed to score three goals in the last ten minutes with Alice MacInnes netting City's second with a deflected shot. Rosie Gliddon then scored an excellent effort across the box followed by Hannah Kinsella who scored with a well struck shot from outside the box. Although they ran out 4-0 winners, defenders Calia Catchpole, Jess Casey and Tara Britton all had excellent games and were responsible for keeping the Rayne attacks at bay.
Chelmsford City: Hannah Kinsella, Alice MacInnes, Chloe Argent, Rosie Gliddon, Leanne Patten, Gabrielle Gunn, Celia Catchpole, Jessie Casey and Tara Britton.