Men's 1st XI v Old Loughtonians 1
Chelmsford signed off for the Christmas break in disappointing fashion with a heavy defeat against title chasing Old Loughtonians.
Chelmsford opened their campaign with an 8-0 reverse at their local rivals back in September, but with performances and results improving in recent weeks, the hosts were confident of an improved showing, and for the opening 20 minutes did not disappoint. However, as has been the problem in recent weeks, long periods of possession did not convert into chances, and Loughts took advantage to the full with a barrage of four goals in the period leading to half time. Chelmsford were not helped in this period when player-coach Shuhel Malique was shown a yellow card for a mistimed sliding tackle, and the visitors took advantage of hesitation in the defence to carve out a commanding lead.
Chelmsford started the second half in an edgy manner, and Loughts claimed an easy fifth goal soon after the restart. Chelmsford regrouped, but again started to build promising attacks with no end product. There was a further yellow card for Dave Gore for a late tackle, but Chelmsford stood firm for the remainder of the game.
Chelmsford finally gained reward for their endeavours when a short corner awarded on the final whistle was converted by Luke Mepham via a defenderís stick.
Chelmsford enter the Christmas break anchored to the bottom of the table, but face three teams hovering round the drop zone early in the New Year. The first of these is a rearranged game against Dereham at 2.30pm on Sunday 8th January at Chelmer Park.