Chelmsford City 0, Maidenhead United 1
Dave Tarpey kept his composure to drill home a penalty at Chelmsford City on Monday which took the Magpies back to the top of the National League South table.
The goal, which came from the spot in first half stoppage time after a handball from a James Comley free-kick, was swept home from 12 yards for Tarpey’s 33rd league goal of the season.
If Tarpey was feeling the pressure, after missing a spot-kick at Hungerford Town two weeks ago, he didn’t show it, drilling the ball nervelessly down the centre of the goal.
It was the first time Chelmsford had lost at home all season and was good enough to take the Magpies back to the top of the tree, a point above rivals Ebbsfleet.
Chelmsford had come into the game having lost just once in nine matches where as Maidenhead’s form appeared to be faltering, after two successive games without three points. However, the visitors were on top from the first whistle and should have scored midway through the opening period when Tarpey had a close range effort hacked off the line.
He made amends a minute before the break when his spot kick rattled into the net and off the backboard, sending the fans camped behind the goal wild.
The game was far from won, however, and heroics on the goal line from Dean Inman prevented the Clarets from getting level early in the second half.
Chelmsford threw balls into the box as the match wore on but Maidenhead dealt with everything that came their way while still posing a threat on the break. Tarpey broke free in the 77th minute but his effort was well saved and Sam Barratt drilled an effort just off target from another counter.
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