Blue Square Bet
Published 1st August 2012
.....Chelmsford City demolished a talented Carshalton Athletic side 4-0, Glenn Pennyfather paying tribute to his front line for their clinical attitude to date in pre-season.
The Clarets boss watched his strikers grow in confidence at the War Memorial Ground, putting a Ryman League Premier Division side to the sword on their own territory.
Slabber and Akurang have already found the net on several occasions so far in 2012/13 and Pennyfather believes that getting into good habits early will mean the team can spring into the brand new campaign with purpose.
Pennyfather was excited with his forwards' goalscoring instincts, explaining: "You need your strikers to score, and I want them both to continue setting targets for themselves. Sometimes the build-up play is easy, but being in the right place at the right time to get on the end of those chances is tough and they're both doing themselves the world of good by converting those opportunities."
Slabber put the visitors` one goal to the good on 26 minutes when some tidy build-up play found its way to the feet of the Clarets striker ten yards from goal and he slammed into the net. He then doubled his tally 4 minutes later, taking advantage of a slip from a defender to launch a brilliant run and predatory finish. Goalkeeper Tom Warren then maintained that two-goal advantage by saving a Carshalton penalty.
After the break the match was much closer and Chelmsford didn't add another goal until two minutes from time, Parkes dribbling from his own half before drilling home a fantastic finish from fully 25 yards.
In injury-time, Akurang netted the fourth with a trademark header, Joel Ledgister cutting inside and supplying the cross.
Pennyfather added: "We played extremely well tonight. We were better in the first half, while the second was more even. Our fitness and our closing down were both excellent, David Rainford came back and got 60 minutes, I'm really pleased with Craig Calver and we still had a few players missing tonight. We had a look at Tresor Kandol up-front after he returned from injury. I'm pleased with how the squad is firming up."