Late strike defeats the Pumas
The Pumas were really up for this tough test and gave Chelmsford City one hell of a game.
This game could have gone either way but neither team deserved to lose.
The Pumas stated just how Chris & Earl had told them, They started fast and very strong and took the game to Chelmsford. The Pumas reward for there efforts came on 20 minutes, a storming Stan Hunt run down the right wing he crossed into the box and the onrushing Max Sonnex slotted home.
The Pumas dominance continued but were caught by Chelmsford who pounced on the Pumas inability to clear their lines and city pulled one back with a thunderous strike right on the stroke of half time.
A short break and the Pumas were back out and raring to go.
On 35 minutes the Pumas were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box, when Byron Adams stepped up there was only going to be one outcome.......boom the Pumas were back in front.
Their joy was short lived though as on 38 minutes the referee harshly gave a free kick against Pumas goalkeeper Joseph Nice for handling the ball outside of the box when kicking the ball out. Chelmsford dispatched the free kick into the top corner and it was all square again.
This game was simmering and could go either way, Chelmsford attacked, The Pumas countered. The Pumas attacked and then Chelmsford hit them on the counter, it was real end to end stuff.
It was looking like the honors were going to be shared but then on 48 minutes disaster struck.......Chelmsford put on one last attack, the Pumas blocked a couple of crosses, one last cross was tossed to the back post the Chelmsford striker out jumped the Pumas defender and the ball was in the net.... a shocking gut wrenching blow for the Pumas, they were defeated and with no time to reply.
Chelmsford City may have nicked the result late on but they left today knowing they had a game and the Pumas can leave today with their heads held high knowing they had just given one of the best teams in this league a real run for their money.
Man of the Match was a close call between the 2 Pumas defenders who rarely put a foot wrong but Fletcher Simmonds led from the back with a superb performance and took the award this week.
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