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Chelmsford Scrape Through To Earn First Round Trip To Gateshead

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It will be Chelmsford City who travel to the International Stadium to take on Vanarama National League side Gateshead in the First Round of the Emirates FA Cup on November 4th.

The Clarets edged the Fourth Qualifying Round replay 1-0 on Monday night at the Melbourne Stadium against National League South rivals Bath City.

As in Saturday`s original tie which finished goalless at Twerton Park, there was little to choose between the teams throughout the match, although the strong gusting wind was making things difficult for both sides.

Bath came close to opening the scoring when Craig Braham-Barrett almost put through his own net before Jack Compton fired wide at the other end.

Nat Jarvis’ header forced a fine save from Clarets `keeper Sam Beasant and Andy Watkins missed a great chance to put Bath in front right on half-time.

However, 5 minutes after the break, Michael West scored the first goal in the tie from Danny Green’s cross to give Chelmsford the lead.

Bath threw everything forward late on in an effort to force an equaliser, but Chelmsford held firm.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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