POST MATCH: “We got the result we desired”

After beating St Albans 2-1 at Melbourne Stadium, Chelmsford manager Mark Hawkes expressed his delight in beating their opponents and bouncing back from last week’s disappointing 4-2 defeat at Whitehawk.

The Clarets earned their win over their Hertfordshire opponents thanks to a brace from Billy Bricknell either side of Louis Theophanous’ equaliser.

Chelmsford had gone ahead after a shaky 45 minutes in which St Albans had most of the chances. Billy Bricknell capitalised on a mistake in the Saints’ defence from goalkeeper Christian Dibbles’ punt up-field to calmly fire home and put the home side one-up.

Louie Theophanous equaliser came in the 56th minute as he found space in the Clarets’ box to slot home before Bricknell scored what proved to be the winner just four minutes later.

Academy graduate Hugo Skepelhorn burst down the near wing before sliding the ball across to Bricknell who tapped in to put the Clarets 2-1 up.

Despite some late pressure from the visitors, Chelmsford held on to secure all three points and earn their second win of the season.

Improvements.

Following last week’s disappointing 4-2 loss at Whitehawk’s Enclosed Ground, Mark Hawkes wanted to make sure that the Clarets turned around their form and said: “After last week’s performance three points was first on my list and that’s what we got.”

Mark agreed that the first half was “a bit slow” but the team turned on the tempo going into the second half following Billy Bricknell’s goal and the manager was pleased with Bricknell’s performance throughout the whole game.”We got the first goal of the game – a well taken goal from Billy [Bricknell] – and it was just before half-time and it was what we needed to turn on.”

One of the stand-out players was Billy Bricknell and Mark spoke out saying “I’m always pleased with Billy no matter how we play or what the score he always puts in 100%. He deserves everything he gets out of the game, he closes people and never falters from that.”

With St Albans not picking up any points so-far this season, Mark thought of the game as a “banana skin” but explained “I had to remind a few that were here last season that Staines came here and got their first points of the season. St Albans came out and made some heavy challenges and tried to win the game like that but it was a banana skin overcame.”

Loan Signings

Christian Dillings performed particularly well and as a young player he could certainly go further up the Football Pyramid. With some loan-signings it often takes a while for them to adjust from youth development football to non-league football but Hawkes knew it wouldn’t be that way as “He spent time out on loan with Nuneaton in the Conference at the back-end of last season so it wasn’t a shock to him and he came in and performed well. He can be happy with his debut.”

Aiden Palmer has played a significant role in the Chelmsford team and with just one weekend of his months loan some fans may be worried that the main person who has got set-up half of the Clarets’ goals this season may be leaving, but Mark Hawkes had nothing but praise for him: “Aiden’s an Ebbsfleet player coming back from a long-term injury and he played well.” “I’d like him to stay for the season. If they want him to play for another month it would be great. We’ve definitely got another weekend out of him.”

Maidstone on Monday

On Monday evening the Clarets travel to Maidstone for a mid-week clash in the Vanarama National League South. Maidstone have recently installed a 3G pitch and Hawkes is not a fan of the new artificial pitches for League fixtures whilst also stating “It’s something we’re not used too.”

But looking ahead to it he said “Big crowd, big bank holiday atmosphere can only encourage players to perform well. 2,000 people albeit against us it will be a great atmosphere.

Marvel Ekpiteta is a doubt for the trip but Mark Hawkes didn’t rule out the possibility of him returning to the squad. “He’s not 100% fit as he wasn’t able to play in two games and we left him out today and he could feature on Monday but I wouldn’t have thought so.”