Under-21s lose in Chelmsford
Blues under-21s suffered their second defeat of the season as they went down 4-2 at a strong Chelmsford City side on Saturday morning.
While two of the goals were excellent finishes from outside the box it has to be said that Stortford contributed to their own demise with mistake after mistake during the early exchanges.
After the initial burst of goals, Stortford settled down and slowly but surely got a foothold into the match and came close to reducing the deficit shortly before half-time when a brilliant Bobby Deamer volley from long range crashed off the crossbar with the keeper well beaten but nevertheless the Blues went in at half-time in unfamiliar territory being 3-0 down.
The young Blues have shown this season that they don’t give up easily and after composing themselves they came out in the second half with renewed intent and dominated from the off, pinning City’s in their own half.
After numerous half chances Sean Clare reduced the deficit on the hour mark and ten minutes later Mason Naylor finished well to reduce the deficit to 3-2 to set up a grandstand finish. Two blocked James Baughurst efforts on the City goal-line and a superb one handed save from the opposition keeper stopped a certain equaliser.
Shortly after, and with the Blues pilling on the pressure, a scramble in the City box from a corner saw the ball fall at the feet of Clare who was upended just as he was about to shoot 10 from yards out but despite every player stopping in expectation of a penalty award the referee, to everyone’s astonishment, waved play on and the ball was cleared to the half way line were a lack of concentration allowed the city centre forward to race clear and calmly finish to kill of Stortford’s comeback.
Whilst the Blues left the field bitterly disappointed at a very poor refereeing decision they also realised that their poor start coupled with the excellent intensity showed by City were the real contributors to this defeat.
Stortford have a chance to bounce back immediately when they travel to Brentwood on Thursday night for their next league game. Brentwood are the only other side to beat the young Blues this season earning a narrow 2-1 win at the ProKit UK Stadium several weeks ago in a feisty encounter.