Green’s penalty clanger is costly

WEALD­STONE 2 CHELMS­FORD CITY 3

The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH - By Nick Du­gard

THIS CLASH ex­ploded into life in a sec­ond half of high drama and heart stop­ping en­ter­tain­ment for the crowd of 856.

Weald­stone al­most came back from the dead and could well have won the game when they had Chelms­ford on the ropes af­ter pulling back from 3-0, but Danny Green’s penalty was saved by Nathan McDon­ald.

Stones bad luck first struck on 14 min­utes when David Pratt’s headed goal was ruled out for off side.

The away side took the lead with a spec­tac­u­lar strike from Michael Spil­lane. The big de­fender spot­ted Jon North off his line.

Ten min­utes later they went fur­ther be­hind when Rhys Mur­phy pow­ered a header home.

Within four min­utes of the res­tart they con­ceded for a third time from a Tommy Wraight strike.

But within two min­utes Stones pulled a goal back when Max Porter bounced the ball into his own net.

Ste­fan Brown fi­nally got the re­ward for his ef­forts and seized on a great pass and net­ted with aplomb on 68 min­utes.

How­ever, Green was un­able to score the late penalty to leave the scores level.

STAR MAN: Nathan McDon­ald (Chelms­ford) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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