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Wealdstone keep unbeaten run going as Chelmsford City are held at Grosvenor Vale

PUBLISHED: 09:14 20 March 2017

Wealdstone goalkeeper Jonathan North made a string of fine saves against Chelmsford City. Picture: ALAN PALMER

Wealdstone goalkeeper Jonathan North made a string of fine saves against Chelmsford City. Picture: ALAN PALMER

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A second-half penalty from Joe White rescued a point for Wealdstone against play-off chasing Chelmsford City.

It keeps Stones with an outside chance of sneaking into the end-of-season games as they remain seven points behind Poole Town in the Vanarama National League South and stretched their unbeaten league record to nine.

They were boosted by the sight of Elliot Benyon and Matty Whichelow on the bench after returning from injury but within three minutes they were behind as Louie Theophanous rifled in a low drive from the edge of the area.

The former St Albans man had a chance to double the advantage minutes later but after being set-up by another former Saint in Josh Hill, the striker nodded over the bar from close range.

Chelmsford keeper Ross Fitzsimons had little to do but was called into action midway through the first half, first denying Ricky Wellard and then White’s follow-up from close range.

It was then the turn of Wealdstone’s keeper Jonathan North to bring out a big stop, superbly tipping Mark Haines’ bullet header onto the crossbar.

Wealdstone were much brighter in the second half and showed more fluency and attacking intent with Crawley Town loanee Ariyan Tajbakhsh dominant in the midfield.

The home side were then awarded what had initially looked a harsh penalty but later video evidence seemed to give the referee little option but to award it.

Wellard’s 20-yard shot was arrowing goalwards before being deflected into Hill’s flailing arm. Referee Rob Massey-Ellis pointed to the spot and White confidently tucked away the penalty.

Chelmsford rallied after the goal but Theophanous was thwarted by Wealdstone’s in-form keeper.

He then denied Shaun Jeffers a minute later after he turned Wes Parker.

North had time for one final impressive stop, tipping wide Robbie Willmott’s deflected free-kick in the 90th minute.

WEALDSTONE: North, Parker, Brown (Wright 45), Sellers, Hamblin, Godfrey, Green, Cox, White (Benyon 84), Wellard, Tajbakhsh

Subs (not used): Whichelow, Mavila, McGleish

Goal: White (68 pen)

HT: Wealdstone 0 Chelmsford City 1

Attendance: 841

Referee: Rob Massey-Ellis

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