Concord Rangers 0-2 Chelmsford City

(Davies 46’, Barnard 78’)

From the Aspect Arena

National League South

CHELMSFORD City claimed the derby bragging rights following a 2-0 victory over hard-working Concord Rangers.

In what has become something of a grudge match, Concord were looking to get the better of a Clarets side who had started the National League South season well.

And both sides were flying into early challenges in a fierce but fair opening.

Concord's Jordan Cox saw the ball swept away from his feet in the first half chance of the match, with Lee Barnard halted by a Jordan Brown block up the other end.

But the Beach Boys were in the ascendancy, forcing a flurry of corners, albeit to no avail.

Lewis Taaffe shot wide, although Cox had an even better chance before the break.

The forward found himself one-on-one but his effort dropped wide of the post.

Concord had impressed in the first 45 minutes, but less than 60 seconds into the second-half it was the Clarets that had taken the lead.

Scott Davies was allowed too much time and he drilled beyond Louis Wells and into the corner.

The hosts attempted to fight back, with Steve Cawley’s shot easily claimed by Sam Beasant.

But the Clarets were the wrap up the win with 12 minutes remaining. A high cross was played into the box, with Barnard claiming the last touch.

Concord Rangers: Wells, Knight (Topley 76’), Brown, Lee, Roast, Paine, Taaffe (Dunne 73’), Nasha, Cox, Cawley, Farrell