Men's 1st XI v Letchworth 1
Bottom of the table Chelmsford took a well-earned point against Letchworth but will be left wondering if it should have been all three after a dominant performance.
Despite their last two games being postponed and facing a side in mid-table, there were no signs of any rustiness from Chelmsford as they started the more energetic of the two teams. Having found goals hard to come by in previous games, Chelmsford didnít have long to wait before taking the lead in spectacular fashion. Josh Maleary was sent clear on the left and after driving in to the D sent a crisp reverse stick strike into the top right corner.
Letchworth though were quick to demonstrate why they have fared so well in their first season back at this level. After winning a disputed short corner, a well-worked routine was converted to bring the scores level.
Chelmsford continued to push forward, and a short corner of their own was duly converted at the second attempt with Luke Mepham finishing from close range.
However, the hosts for a second time conceded their lead within a few minutes. This time a swift counter attack down the left wing saw a cross fly across the face of goal which was diverted in at the far post to bring the scores level at half time.
The second half brought much of the same, but this time it was Letchworth who took the initiative. A long ball down the right directly into the D was not cut out, and a visiting forward was able to slip the ball home at the near post.
Chelmsford, however, were quick to claim an equaliser of their own, with another short corner this time scored by Tom Fanger whose effort from the top of the D found the net via a deflection off a defenderís stick.
With the end of the match approaching, it was Chelmsford who pressured the Letchworth goal more, but a series of poor decision-making and wasteful finishing meant the game concluded as a draw.
Although the result gives them a valuable point, Chelmsford remain rooted to the foot of the table, albeit with two games in hand. Next week Chelmsford host local rivals Old Loughts, looking to avenge the eight-goal thrashing handed out on the first day of the season. The game starts at Chelmer Park at 2pm.