Chelmsford City 0, Whitehawk 2
WHITEHAWK recorded their second consecutive victory in the Skrill South, slumping Chelmsford City to four straight defeats.
Clarets manager Dean Holdsworth was still pleased with the way his players performed despite the 2-0 score-line in favour of the visitors. He said: “There were two instances where we didn’t pick up our man from a ball into the box which is an individual error and the second one Danny Webb decided to step-up and the player is through and they’ve hit us on the counter-attack.
“But we’ve had a huge amount of possession and created some very good chances and they will not let their heads drop because of the results. We have to carry on believing that we can turn things round but a little bit of confidence would go a long way at the moment with us.”
The Clarets began the game in lightning fashion in the pouring rain at Melbourne Stadium, with Rob Edmans latching onto Tom Davis’ lay-off in the first minute, although his final effort fired over the bar.
After twelve minutes, Tom Derry jinked his way into the box from the left-wing and directed his pass into the feet of Edmans who pulled the ball back to Tom Davis. Davis shaped to shoot, and his effort was cleared off the line by a Whitehawk shirt.
Two minutes later, the visitors had a chance of their own. Tommy Fraser’s cross found the head of David Da Silva, who directed his header from an acute angle past the goal, shaving the post in the process. The Clarets were put under pressure again moments later after Hakeem Adelakun burst through the middle of the park. The Whitehawk number four picked out Jake Robinson with a perfectly weighted through ball, but his final effort was not hit with any real conviction and City goalie Tommy Forecast collected.
City had a couple of chances through Sam Long, his first effort dribbled towards goal and his second was a cross that eluded all and trickled out for a goal kick.
After 33 minutes, Jake Robinson was torn between two options as he worked his way to the Clarets by-line. He tried his luck from the tight angle, ignoring his stationary team mate David Da Silva who would have been presented with a tap-in had Robinson not opted for goal.
That error didn’t prove too costly however as on 35 minutes Whitehawk took the lead. The Clarets failed to deal with David Da Silva’s flag kick and after some patient play from the hosts, Tommy Fraser’s outswinging cross from the left flank found the head of Tom Cadmore, who steered his header into the net.
After the break, the Clarets almost went behind again, this time through Jake Robinson. He shifted his way into the box, and City Custodian Tommy Forecast had to be on his toes to pull out a fine stop, although it looked as if the final effort may have been going just wide. However, Forecast couldn’t be taking any chances.
Two minutes later, the visitors had an even better chance to double their lead. Tommy Fraser’s corner kick on the right-hand side fell to Tom Cadmore. The Hawks’ defender nodded it on to ex-Claret Sami El-Abd who headed over and almost haunted his former club.
After that heart-in-mouth moment, the Clarets began to regain domination. And they went close through Rob Edmans, but his shot from the edge of the area was straight at Chris Winterton. On 68 minutes, Bagasan Graham cut in from the flank and struck a sweet shot from 30-yards. The Claret fans began to celebrate until Winterton was at hand to thwart the cheers, tipping the effort over the bar.
Substitute Jacob Erskine sealed the three points for the visiting side when he eluded the off-side trap, and he had plenty of time to pick his spot before sliding the ball under the body of Tommy Forecast.
Holdsworth concluded: “We have to carry on believing that the way we want to play is we want to pass the ball and we don’t want to keep hoofing it into things. We were the better side today by a mile, an absolute mile so if you lose doing the right thing sometimes you have to do that rather than win doing the wrong things.
“My team were fitter, leaner and stronger and we got done today by two instances where we could have dealt with them, but I will say that today I won’t be too critical of my players because their performance was excellent.”