Tag: Chelmsford City

The Match Of The Weekend?

A quick look down the fixture lists for the Premier League and Football League for tomorrow seem to indicate that this might just the worst weekend of the season, football-wise. Now, Middlesbrough, Derby County, Reading and Sunderland might just manage to squeeze a point out of Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea, but I wouldn’t be betting too much money on it, and there is precious little going on elsewhere, either – of the entire Football League programme, the only match that sticks out is the West Country derby match between Bristol City and Plymouth Argyle, and even that’s not a proper derby match (City’s rivals are, of course, Rovers, whilst Plymouth have that weird three-way thing going on with Exeter and Torquay). It’s getting towards that time of the season when matches that are potential championship deciders start to crop up, though, and there is one being played this weekend, in the Ryman League Premier Division, where a crowd of around 3,000 (and when considering that crowd, let’s not forget that the Ryman League is the seventh division of English football) is expected at Melbourne Park for the match between Chelmsford City and AFC Wimbledon. It’s a match that could practically sew up a place in the Conference South for Chelmsford, whilst a Wimbledon win might just set up an almighty scrap for the top spot over the...

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AFC Wimbledon 4-0 Chelmsford City

One of the things that had been near the top of my new year’s resolutions list for this season had been “go and see AFC Wimbledon play more often this season”. I started reasonably well, going to see their first home pre-season friendly against FC United but had, frankly, slacked since then. It has to be said that all has not exactly been going according to plan for them this season. Inconsistency in the league had seen them slump to mid-table (though a recent improvement has seen them jump to seventh place), whilst they were knocked out of the FA Cup the other week at Horsham (a match which my dad managed to get to but I didn’t, curiously enough). So, in spite of having been laid low for much of this week with the double-whammy of a head cold and a chest infection, I was determined to get to a match this weekend. For once, Sussex was being unusually generous in this respect. Brighton were at home to Luton in League One, whilst Lewes were playing Sutton United in the Conference South and Worthing were at home to Walton & Hersham in the FA Trophy. I let my heart rule my head in the end, though, and decided to do the completely impractical thing and travel north to Norbiton for Wimbledon’s FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round match against...

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