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    Conference South

    Chelmsford City 1

    Sutton United 1

    GLEN SOUTHAM recorded Chelmsford City's first goal of the Vanarama Conference South with his second-half penalty, but the Clarets could only settle for a point against promotion hopefuls Sutton United.

    Michael Cheek was brought down by keeper Tom Lovelock in the area five minutes into the second-half, prompting referee Sam Purkiss to brandish a straight red and to award the Clarets a penalty. Southam then stepped up to dispatch the penalty past Luke Ruddick who was presented with the task of filling in for Lovelock.

    The Clarets then sat back rather than opt to test the nervy keeper and James Love subsequently turned the ball into his own net following Jack Evans's drilled cross, leaving the Clarets disappointed that they couldn't secure all three points.

    City made an impressive start to the match and had two good opportunities to break the deadlock within the opening five minutes. Luke Callander set-up last season's top-scorer Michael Cheek with a neat reverse pass, but the frontman could only watch as he dragged his shot wide of an upright.

    Callander then had his driven free-kick tipped round the post by Sutton keeper Lovelock after Cheek was fouled by Matt Lockwood.

    Lovelock was then called upon again as he reacted well to punch Glen Southam's teasing set-piece routine away from goal, and was then called upon once again as he scrambled to clear Lee Sawyer's scooped effort.

    The Clarets' passing in the middle of the park was at times impressive, but it was the final link-up play that was particularly lacking as the imposing figure of U's skipper Charlie Clough cut out the majority of danger.

    Clough, 23, expressed his desire to remain with Paul Doswell's side despite reported interest from clubs such as AFC Wimbledon and Eastleigh, and it's hard to disregard Sutton for promotion if he continues to put in such a solid display as witnessed at Melbourne.

    Sutton soon gained confidence as the first half grew old and Kane Haysman pulled a fine save from Nicky Eyre who has looked a steady figure in the Clarets' previous league matches.

    City soon had a goal and numerical advantage, but Lockwood then tested Nicky Eyre with a well-struck free-kick but the former Heybridge Swifts keeper pushed the ball away and collided with a post.

    City failed to make the man advantage count however and Callander and Cheek were left to rue their missed chances when Evans saw his drilled cross deflected into the net by the unfortunate Love.

    Sutton could have stolen all three points when substitute Craig Dundas shimmied his way into the box and laid the ball off to Michael Spillane, but he saw his shot blocked by the on-running Christian Smith.

    Callander then blazed a shot over the bar following Michael Cheek's lay-off but, in the end, the Clarets were forced to settle with a point. 

    Chelmsford City score first goal of season but are held

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    TWO "stupid" friends stayed true to their words by walking 33 miles from London to Chelmsford three-legged on Saturday.

    Andy Poole and Christian Kay collapsed in agony, surrounded by about 35 supporters, at 9.50pm at the foot of the city sign following the near-14 hour struggle.

    The two, both from Broomfield, have raised more than £2,000 for Great Baddow-based charity The J's Hospice.

    "I'm very pleased that we did it and very proud," said 34-year-old part-time comedian Andy.

    "It's the most stupid thing I have ever done by a long way because it was so hard and we were in agony at the end, our feet and legs were really, really sore.

    "We didn't have any training so it was sheer will driving us on.

    "My blisters were bursting as I was walking, if you stopped, we would stop for good, but I could not think of a better person to do it with than with Christian because he has balls of steel, grit and determination."

    The pair, who initially said in a Chronicle article published in June that they would complete the challenge over two days, left Trafalgar Square at 8.15am.

    They walked down The Strand and Fleet Street before walking roadside through Stratford, Ilford, Romford, Brentwood before joining the A12 in Ingatestone.

    The two untied their Velcro strap to go to the toilet in a McDonald's but from then on kept to the rules by standing alongside one another against the bushes.

    "In Romford we were really depressed and thinking about cancelling it," said Andy, an event executive by day.

    "We had a little row but then we had people coming to join us at Brentwood and more people at Ingatestone and it just built and built."

    The duo walked up Three Mile Hill beside Hylands Park and down Moulsham Street where they were joined by crowds of supporters.

    "It was just awesome, we were quite emotional at the end," he said.

    They ended their challenge at the sign with a warm-down session led by Kelly Jones of Hummingbird Pilates and Yoga, sparkling wine and a beer in the Alehouse pub.

    Christian, 28, a video editor, said: "It's something I will remember for the rest of my life.

    "It's one of the biggest challenges that I have ever done, the other big one being a skydive, but that was nothing in comparison.

    "I'm immensely proud we managed to pull it off."

    The pair came up with the charity idea to raise money on top of the fundraising profit they make from their annual Panic Awards, a celebration of local live entertainment.

    They are giving away a ticket to Brownstock Festival to the biggest donor.

    To still donate, visit:

    Two 'stupid' three-legged friends walk 33 miles from London to Chelmsford

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    Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division

    Chelmsford 70-3

    Loughton 69 

    Chelmsford won by seven wickets

    On a generally bright, but rather chilly day, Chelmsford, despite again missing five regular first-team players dominated most of this rather short match and emerged with an emphatic win.

    On winning the toss, home skipper Chris Prowting had no hesitation in putting Loughton in on a slightly damp and greenish looking wicket.

    Chelmsford's opening seam attack, found the conditions very much to their liking. With the ball moving around, coupled with a lack of application by Loughton's top order, Anthony Hill (3-17) and Paul Jones (3-24) reduced the visitors to 40-6 inside 15 overs.

    When this pair was rested, Liam Keaney (2-10), and Tom Halsey (1-7) on his league debut at this level, kept up the pressure, and a brainless run-out of top scorer Kashif Mahmood (22) terminated the innings on 69 in the thirtieth over.

    Chelmsford's reply wobbled at 15-3 in eight overs due to a very fine opening burst from Loughton's diminutive 16-year-old seamer, Hamza Omar (8-3 from seven overs). But when his age-restricted spell finished, Chelmsford took control with Dan Hagen (34no) and Chris Prowting (20no) showing the necessary application missing earlier and secured the victory before 4pm.

    Chelmsford Cricket Club ease to seven wicket win

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    Conference Premier

    Lincoln City 3

    Braintree Town 2

    IRON manager Alan Devonshire was left bitterly disappointed with some of his players after they lost another game against the Imps - their sixth defeat in eight ,atches against them - and has promised "to put it right" with one or two new signings if necessary.
    Conceding two first half goals, described by Devonshire as "Sunday morning park football goals," he said he told the players at the final whistle they would have to improve or else.
    "I'm really disappointed with certain players so far and I've told them so," he said. "I'm definitely not happy and we should have done much better today than we did and we should have at least come away with a point.
    "No, I'm not pushing the panic button because I don't do that - we were bottom of the league once and then pulled ourselves up to finish in the top half of the table.
    "But it's my job to get it sorted and I will and if that means bringing in new players I will and that will mean one or two going out because we run on a tight budget, the smallest I believe in this league.

    "I know we've got some players with knocks but that's no excuse for this defeat - I'm really unhappy.
    "I know one or two players I have been wanting to bring in and we'll see what now happens.

    "We'll dust ourselves down, check on the walking wounded and get ourselves ready to do better and win the next game which is at home on Monday."
    Devonshire, who lost James Mulley at half-time with an injury and then saw Dan Sparkes go off for lengthy treatment for a badly cut face after he was crudely elbowed by a home defender.
    "What is annoying is that the referee could clearly see what happened as it was so blatant and the lad immediately had blood gushing from his face from a deliberate elbow but he chose to do nothing about it," claimed Devonshire. "Whilst he was off having treatment they scored again with another poorly conceded goal."
    The Iron had conceded two dreadful first half goals through schoolboy errors - Sean Newton netting direct from a corner on seven minutes and then on 21 minutes allowing Hamza Bencherif to add a simple second.
    Three minutes into the second the Iron clawed their way back into the game when Kenny Davis netted from the penalty spot after Jordan Cox had been brought down by Tony Diagne who was shown a straight red card.
    "It was a penalty but I think it was a bit harsh to send the lad off but at least it gave us a lift," said Devonshire. "But then we lost Sparkes for lengthy treatment during which they scored again which then gave us a mountain to climb."
    Ben Tomlinson netted that goal on 61 minutes and again it was poor defending by full-back Sam Habergham that set the goal up after which the Iron battled hard to get back in the game.
    They did manage a second one minute into stoppage time when Mitch Brundle fired the ball home for his first goal for the club.
    But it was all too little too late and but for those poor moments of defending the Iron would have returned home with at least a point.
    Devonshire had started with a new attacking duo of Cox and Michael Bakare, dropping Sean Marks to the bench, but it's clear on the evidence of this game they still need some fresh firepower up front to score goals to win games.
    Braintee Town: Hamann; Peters, Massey, Brundle, Habergham (Walker 71); Mulley (Case 46), Davis, Issac, Sparkes; Cox, Bakare (Marks 71). Unused subs: Clerima, Pentney.

    Braintree Town boss promises to put things right after Lincoln City loss

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    Ryman League Premier Division

    Harrow Borough 3

    Witham Town 3

    ANOTHER draw for Witham as they kept up their unbeaten start to the season with another exciting game with plenty of goals, good football and not a bad foul throughout the game.

    Witham started strong but shots from John Watson and Tom Wraight were off target. Against the run of play the home team scored the only goal of the first half, when Ola Williams netted with a shot across the face of the goal.

    Witham's Josh Mayhew scored from the penalty spot in the 58th minute, giving home keeper Charlie Horlock no chance and soon afterwards there were strong appeals for another penalty when Shamido Pedulu was dragged down.

    Marc Charles-Smith hit the Witham crossbar with a good header. Horlock made an excellent save with his legs from Ryan Charles, as Witham took the initiative although both Pedulu and Mayhew missed good chances.

    They took the lead for the first time when Horlock was wrong footed and Anthony Page scored an own goal.

    Steve Butterworth soon equalised after a mix up in the Witham defence and as this great game swung from end to end Witham went back in the lead when Ryan Charles shot fiercely past Horlock.

    Just when it seemed as though Witham had won the game, Borough equalised when Francis Otira scored from close range in the 87th minute. 

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    The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has slowly made its way through the nominations to our very own editor Paul Dent-Jones - and he got himself well and truly soaked.

    Chelmsford city councillor Mark Springett nominated Paul yesterday alongside his brother and fellow Lib Dem councillor Linda Mascot.

    And to his colleagues' surprise, the father-of-one quickly followed suit this morning, with his father in law Stephen Robinson gladly volunteering to throw the icy water from above.

    The Chronicle boss said: "When I saw Mark's tweet I wasn't too impressed, only because I was going away in the morning and wasn't sure how I'd fit it in, but I couldn't say no could I?"

    Paul has nominated Chronicle features editor Darryl Webber, town crier Tony Appleton and, raising the bar substantially, Essex Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston.

    Paul's video also follows an attempt by local Ben Austin, a Chelmsford-based media boss, as well as this selection below.

    Jane Bateman:

    Emma Blumsom:

    The Ice Bucket Challenge, which gained momentum online as a social media craze earlier this year, requires participants to launch a bucket of icy water over their heads and challenge someone else to do it in the given allotted time.

    It also encourages the challenger and viewers to donate to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research - the American equivalent of the motor neurone disease.

    For more on motor neaurone disease visit:

    ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Charity challenge hits Chelmsford

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  • 08/25/14--08:47: Kevin Bryan's record reviews

    Dr.John,"Ske-Dat-De-Dat...Spirit of Satch" (Proper Records)- Mac Rebennack's latest CD offering finds the New Orleans singer and keyboardist paying tribute to another former product of the Crescent City as he immerses himself in a batch of songs made famous by the late great Louis Armstrong. Luminaries such as Bonnie Raitt and gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama are on hand to lend their invaluable vocal support as the good Doctor breathes new life into much loved old favourites such as "I've Got The World On A String," "Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams" and Satchmo's 1968 hit, "What A Wonderful World."

    Meat Puppets,"Huevos" (Wienerworld MVD5255A)- Arizona alternative rockers The Meat Puppets spent just four days recording "Huevos" in the summer of 1987,striving to achieve a feeling of raw spontaneity as they captured many of the tracks in a single take. The finished product wasn't universally well received when it first saw the light of day but the contents have withstood the passage of time surprisingly well and this CD re-issue boasts several interesting bonus tracks,including early instrumental demos of three of the album's musical highlights,"Automatic Mojo," "Sexy Music" and "Paradise."

    Andrea Schroeder,"Where The Wild Oceans End" (Glitterhouse GRCD 776)-Andrea Schroeder has found her work variously compared to everyone from Marlene Dietrich and Nico to Nick Cave since releasing her critically acclaimed debut album,"Blackbird," on Glitterhouse Records in 2012,and the follow up set is,if anything,an even more impressive piece of work. The prevailing mood of the package is one of dreamy melancholia as the German songstress serves up haunting creations such as "Ghosts Of Berlin" and "Summer Came To Say Goodbye" alongside an impeccable revamp of Bowie's "Heroes."

    "The DeSoto Caucus" (Glitterhouse GRCD 797)-This enigmatic outfit's low key brand of music-making slots firmly into the Americana category,although the DeSoto Caucus actually hail from Denmark.The five piece band have collaborated with the likes of Lambchop,Giant Sand and Mark Lanegan over the years however,and their collective influence makes its presence felt from time to time during a totally captivating collection blessed with a feast of laid back and coolly compelling ditties led by "Nail In The Wall," "Come Undone" and the untypically commercial "Just The Other Day."

    Kevin Bryan's record reviews

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    Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish has admitted stuggling to fill the vacant managerial role at Selhurst Park following the shock depature of Tony Pulis. Neil Lennon and Steve Clarke have since been linked with the job since the collapse of Malky Mackay's agreement to take up the reins. But surely embattled Parish wouldn't resort to this unlikely candidate? Jay Cartwright, from the Inbetweeers - otherwise known as Chelmsford resident and Crystal Palace fan James Buckley - sent in his 'application' this afternoon.

    Parish, who was mentioned in the tweet, has yet to respond, but it remains to be seen if stints on Football Manager will earn Jay an interview. The vacancy is expected to be filled this week.

    Inbetweeners' Jay Cartwright 'applies for Crystal Palace job' and sends 'CV' to Steve Parish

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    The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has slowly made its way through the nominations to our very own editor Paul Dent-Jones - and he got himself well and truly soaked.

    Chelmsford city councillor Mark Springett nominated Paul yesterday alongside his brother and fellow Lib Dem councillor Linda Mascot.

    And to his colleagues' surprise, the father-of-one quickly followed suit this morning, with his father in law Stephen Robinson gladly volunteering to throw the icy water from above.

    The Chronicle boss said: "When I saw Mark's tweet I wasn't too impressed, only because I was going away in the morning and wasn't sure how I'd fit it in, but I couldn't say no could I?"

    Paul has nominated Chronicle features editor Darryl Webber, town crier Tony Appleton and, raising the bar substantially, Essex Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston.

    Paul's video also follows an attempt by local Ben Austin, a Chelmsford-based media boss, as well as this selection below.

    Jane Bateman:

    Emma Blumsom:

    The Ice Bucket Challenge, which gained momentum online as a social media craze earlier this year, requires participants to launch a bucket of icy water over their heads and challenge someone else to do it in the given allotted time.

    It also encourages the challenger and viewers to donate to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research - the American equivalent of the motor neurone disease.

    For more on motor neaurone disease visit:

    ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Charity challenge hits Chelmsford

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    A FATHER of two in a "mid-life crisis" is gearing up to swim the icy English Channel for charity – in nothing but a pair of Speedos.

    David Liney, 40, from Great Baddow, along with five team members, will face the elements on a charity relay swim with the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation, to raise money for Build Africa and Cancer Research.

    "It's one to cross off the bucket list, isn't it?" Mr Liney said.

    "I have bungee-jumped and skydived, and I have promised my wife that this will be the last crazy thing I'll do, although when you do stuff like this you meet other people who have done extreme things too and think 'I want to try that next'.

    "I think she is just about getting used to it, and I told her that people used to have affairs or buy sports cars when they have a mid-life crisis but now you have people climbing Kilimanjaro or swimming the Channel, which is definitely better."

    Mr Liney is swimming to raise money for both charities, explaining: "The rest of the team are swimming for Build Africa, but I had to add in Cancer Research. I lost my dad John to cancer five years ago so it is close to my heart.

    "He was a true man, and never complained, so if I can be half the man he was, I'd be happy. When I did the Iron Man, you think of all sorts, and I tend to think of him and like to think he is looking down on me. I'd like to think he'd be pleased I was doing the swim.

    "I think if you're doing something for charity, it's in the back of your mind that you need to keep pushing on."

    Despite Mr Liney's predilection for extreme sports, he admitted he was slightly nervous about the challenge ahead, which includes cold temperatures, waves and jellyfish.

    "It's a toughie because you could be the world's best swimmer, but if the time isn't right it may not happen. I read about a team who had to quit when they were 200 metres from the other side, but the mist came in and they couldn't continue," he explained.

    The team will swim in six-hour cycles, so swimmers will spend one hour in the water and five hours out, with the total swim expected to last anywhere between 14 and 16 hours.

    Mr Liney will be waved off on the English side of the Channel by his wife Joanna and children Isabella, 5, and Dawson, 2.

    "I think my youngest just thinks I'm off for a swim, but my eldest is aware of what I'm doing," he said.

    "I did the Great Pier Swim at Southend for Havens Hospices recently, and she was there cheering for me."

    The team will set off on Sunday, depending on the tide, and once they reach France, have to make it to shore to complete the swim, before returning to England by boat.

    To donate visit

    Ice Bucket Challenge? Dad-of-two to take on English Channel in Speedos

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    The V Festival is the biggest annual event to be held in Chelmsford's Hylands Park and these videos show the sheer scale of the arena. The timelapse footage, by Matt Sadler, shows the work that goes into putting on the music spectacular - and crucially getting the area ready for the tens of thousands of revellers. And it might have lasted a full two days, but this shows a whole 12 hours flash by in just two minutes. And this shows the sheer size of Hylands Park, explaining just why festivalgoers might have gone home with sore feet

    V Festival 2014 in timelapse and from the air -  videos shot in Hylands Park in Chelmsford

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    CONSTRUCTION of a controversial waste management site in Rivenhall that would be one of the largest in Europe could be put back another two years.

    Plans to delay the beginning of building work to the Rivenhall Airfield site were submitted to Essex County Council on August 7.

    Approval for the plant that could handle 853,500 tonnes of industrial and commercial waste a year was given in 2009.

    The plant was due to be built next year but developers Gent Fairhead now want it to start in 2017, eight years after a ten-week public inquiry approved the scheme.

    But campaigners are far from overjoyed at the postponement of the plant and are worried about the effect the 400 lorries will have on the idyllic villages of Rivenhall and Bradwell as they travel to the A120.

    "This is a significant concern to those in Rivenhall and Bradwell with more than 400 HGV movements a day it is the most dangerous aspect of the plant," said Cllr James Abbott, Rivenhall Parish Council chairman and Essex and district councillor for the area.

    "The site will have such a large catchment area, it can take more than all the waste produced by Essex in a year in a single day so to reach its capacity waste from Kent, London and even the continent could potentially be shipped to Rivenhall."

    The integrated waste management facility will include an anaerobic digestion plant treating for mixed organic waste, a materials recovery facility for mixed dry recyclables such as paper, plastic and metals, a mechanical biological treatment facility, a paper pulping facility, a heat and power plant and a visitor centre.

    "This saga has been going since the mid-90s and it's been a catalogue of failure and saying one thing and doing another, our concern is what are they up to next?" added Cllr Abbott of the Green Party.

    "There's a lot of uncertainty about this and there has been for some time. They seem to be increasing the stuff they burn to include commercial and industrial waste, and moving the timeframe implies they are burning from further afield and sending different types of materials to burn."

    Steven Smith, a spokesman on behalf of Gent Fairhead's project team, said it was committed to sustainability and needed more time to address all aspects of the application.

    "After considerable work and investment over the past four years, the project is coming forward and will provide a fully integrated state-of-the-art recycling and recovery facility," said the spokesman.

    "Work that has been completed over the past few years has developed a design that promotes best technology and environmental sustainability."

    "Over the coming weeks, various submissions will be made to Essex County Council to provide the details required before commencement of development.

    "Considering the levels of investment and commitment made in the project to date, it is reasonable to apply for an extension of time to assure all the relevant matters are fully addressed in line with the permission."

    But Cllr Abbott doubts the developer's conservation motives.

    He added: "It's a shame the developer only sees the land as a way of making the most amount of money possible and not conserving it for future generations," he added.

    "We would have welcomed a smaller scale solar farm or genuine recycling facility, but unfortunately we have a county council that also backs these huge-scale plants like this one, and the bulking plant at Cressing."

    Rivenhall waste plant construction delayed until 2017

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    Conference South

    Bishop's Stortford 2

    Chelmsford City 3

    A TURGID derby amid downpours suddenly sparked into life with a goal-laden second half as Chelmsford hung on to beat Bishop's Stortford on Monday afternoon.

    After a dull first 45 minutes, the match turned on its head with two goals came within a minute from striker Luke Callander in the second period.

    Michael Cheek made it 3-0 with a crisp drive before the Blues hit back with a close range goal from Anthony Church and a penalty from Mikel Suarez.

    However, it was not enough as the three points headed back to Chelmsford with the visitors.

    Former Blues Glen Southam and goalkeeper Nicky Eyre returned to their old stamping ground among the Chelmsford starting line-up.

    Southam had scored Chelmsford's first goal of the season two days earlier in the 1-1 draw with Sutton United, and the Clarets were hunting their first league win of the new season.

    Their hosts were looking to bounce back from consecutive defeats.

    In the corresponding fixture last season, Clarets skipper Mark Hughes had popped up with a last-gasp equaliser to cancel out Callum McNaughton's goal and earn a vital point in Chelmsford's fight against relegation.

    City had also beaten the Blues at Melbourne Park on Boxing Day, so Rod Stringer's men were desperate for derby revenge.

    For Stortford, Ashley Miller and Phil Anderson came back into the side. With Danny Fitzsimons switching to left-back, usual full-backs Ryan Auger and Johnny Herd played further up the pitch in winger roles.

    The game started at a frenetic pace in the pouring rain with Chelmsford's Luke Callander firing in a great curling cross from the right that Michael Cheek was inches away from getting a toe to in the six yard box.

    Moments later the visitors' right winger Joe Ward sent a stinging effort into the right-hand side netting from the edge of the box.

    On 14 minutes, the Blues' lone striker Mikel Suarez showed good strength to power past his man on the left before playing the ball into the box, where it was laid back by Auger to Joe Tabiri. However, the midfielder enforcer's low shot flew well wide of the left post.

    Moments later at the other end, Ward sent a low strike of his own into Joe Wright's arms.

    Chelmsford looked the more dangerous of the two local rivals on the wet surface and Callander wasted a good opportunity from the edge of the box with a ballooned effort.

    George Allen then had to make a last-gasp clearing header with Clarets players piling in around him, trying to connect with right-back James Love's cross after flowing build-up play involving Ward.

    Much of the first half play got bogged down in the middle, with the conditions making for plenty of misplaced passes from both sides.

    On 36 minutes, Blues skipper Anthony Church sent a low first-time strike skidding along the turf and into Eyre's hands.

    The first real bit of quality in the game came on 44 minutes when Callander turned his marker superbly and drove forward before unleashing a rocket of a shot that was matched by the flying Wright, who pushed it away to his right.

    Allen picked a yellow card early in the second half after bringing down Callander on the left-hand edge of the box. The subsequent free-kick came to nothing, but it left Allen vulnerable with the card to his name.

    In the 55th minute Cheek sent a shot skidding in the wet that Wright did well to push away.

    The 60 seconds that turned the game began in the 59th minute.

    A whipped-in ball into the box from left-back Robert Girdlestone was headed back across goal by Cheek and Callander buried it from close range.

    Then just a minute later, the Blues lost possession and Ward raced up the right channel before crossing low into the box.

    Cheek's shot was blocked on the line by defender Phil Anderson, but Callander was on hand to smash the loose ball back past the prostrate Anderson and Wright.

    It could have been 3-0 another minute later as Girdlestone was denied by a last-gasp sliding tackle by Anderson after a Cheek break and low cross into the six-yard box.

    It was 3-0 on 73 minutes when a City corner was headed out to the edge of the box and Cheek smashed home a low screamer that flew past a cluster of bodies into the back of the net.

    Stortford's attempts at a comeback began on 76 minutes after Stringer had switched to having two up front, bringing on George Sykes.

    Another substitute Sheldon Sellears' corner was bundled towards goal but blocked on the line, however Church was on hand though to force home the loose ball.

    Sykes played his part three minutes later as he was tripped just inside the penalty area by Marvin Ekpiteta. Suarez blasted home the resulting spot kick to the right of Eyre.

    Try as they might, Stortford could not find an equaliser. Callander had a late shot deflected wide as the game drew to a soggy close.

    CHELMSFORD CITY:Eyre, Love, Girdlestone, Hughes, Haines, Ekpiteta, Sawyer, Southam, Callander, Cheek, Ward. Subs not used: Smith, Gordon, Morgan, Skepelhorn, Freund. Att: 604.

    Chelmsford City secure first win of season at Bishop's Stortford

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    A man has been arrested in Heybridge following the death of a woman that is being treated as 'unexplained'. 

    Police were called to Heron Way at around 9.25pm on Sunday(August 24) evening by the ambulance service after a woman was reported to be severely ill.

    An Essex Police spokesman said: "Officers went to a property in Heron Way and paramedics tried in vain to revive a woman aged in her 30's. 

    "She was pronounced dead at about 9.45pm. The woman's death is being treated as being unexplained and enquiries are continuing.

    "A man has been arrested in connection with the investigation. The man has been bailed until November 18 pending further enquiries."  

    Man arrested after 'unexplained' death of woman

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    Tax discs are set to be abolished in less than six weeks time after 93 years on our car windscreens.

    The traditional paper disc will vanish from October 1, with police cameras automatically checking car number plates to see if road tax has been paid.

    However a new survey by comparison website has shown that half of the UK's drivers know nothing about the changes.

    Almost a third of those polled said they will await instructions from the Driving Vehicle and Licensing Agency, although the comparison website claims the DVLA has yet to start adding warnings to tax renewal reminders.

    The new online system will mean that motorists have to register online and pay via direct debit or at the post office.

    The move away from paper discs will save motorists money on postage and will offer more flexible payment options – and make it harder for tax dodgers to drive untaxed.

    The move aims to streamline services and has been claimed to save British businesses millions of pounds a year in administrative costs.

    Motorists could face a £1,000 fine if they are unaware of the changes or face potential penalty charges against a car they no longer own, so here are the key points you need to know about the changes:

    • Vehicle tax will no longer be transferred for used car buyers, meaning you will have to immediately register the car online.
    • Those selling used cars will get a refund on any full calendar months left on the vehicle tax.
    • The DVLA said it is important to notify it straight away of a change to ownership, otherwise the registered keeper could still be liable for the vehicle – failure to do so could result in a £1,000 fine.
    • Drivers will have the option to pay by direct debit, which 53 per cent of drivers said they would opt for, according to
    • Tax can be paid annually with no extra cost, while those choosing to spread the cost by paying twice a year or monthly will incur a five per cent additional charge.

    Car tax disc changes: what you need to know

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    A 39-year-old man from Maldon has been arrested in connection with the death of a woman from a serious head injury.

    Police were called to Heron Way, Heybridge, at around 9.25pm on Sunday (August 24) by the ambulance service after a woman was reported to be severely ill.

    Paramedics tried in vain to revive the woman, named as Sarah Munro, but she was pronounced dead at around 9.45pm.

    A friend of Ms Munro's, who left a floral tribute outside her house, described her in a note as "a special woman who deserved a better life", while her neighbours spoke of a quiet woman who "kept herself to herself" and was rarely seen outside her home.

    A spokesman for Essex Police said: "The woman's death is being treated as unexplained and enquiries are continuing.

    "A post mortem examination was carried out yesterday, Monday, and showed that death was caused by a serious head injury. But other tests will be required to establish how the injury occurred.

    "A 39-year-old man from the Maldon area, who was arrested in connection with the investigation, has been bailed until November 18 pending further enquiries."

    Maldon man bailed as post-mortem finds Heybridge woman died from 'serious head injury'

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    A Chelmsford man has been arrested in connection with a late night fight at an upmarket bar in Warley over the weekend.

    The 29-year-old was detained on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent after the brawl at De Rougemont Manor in Great Warley Street at around 1.40am on Sunday (August 24).

    Four people were taken to Basildon Hospital with injuries to their faces and legs after the incident

    The 29-year-old was later bailed until October pending further enquiries.

    Man from Chelmsford arrested over brawl at De Rougement Manor in Warley

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    A Heybridge man has admitted starting a fire which severely damaged a block of flats earlier this year, causing 16 residents to flee.

    Daniel Hilton, 29, of Wood Road, pleaded guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court today (August 26) to arson in relation to the incident which took place on June 15.

    Appearing via video link from Chelmsford Prison, he also admitted to one count of assault of beating his girlfriend Lucy Cavanagh and one count of criminal damage after smashing the mirrors on her Vauxhall Vectra.

    The court heard the argument with his girlfriend took place over allegations of cheating. 

    Two people needed treatment for smoke inhalation following the blaze, which took four fire crews took more than an hour and a half to put out.

    Hilton was remanded in custody to re-appear at Chelmsford Crown Court for sentencing later this year. 

    Daniel Hilton admits flats arson 'after row with girlfriend over cheating'

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    Unless you've been living under a rock (with no 3G or Wifi access) for the last couple of weeks, you'll be very aware of the Ice Bucket Challenge that's sweeping social media and the internet. 

    Features Editor Darryl Webber was nominated yesterday, but he explained why he has opted out, in favour of making a quiet donation to charity instead.

    Just in case you aren't aware of this craze, it's where an individual (initially a celebrity, but now every Tom, Dick and Harry) has a bucket of ice cold water dumped on their heads.

    The process is filmed and then the dumpee nominates who they want to see do it next (up to a total of four) and gives money to charity.

    If any if the nominees don't take the Ice Bucket Challenge within 24 hours they have to pay a larger amount to charity. These, apparently, are the rules.

    This phenomenon has spread across the USA and the rest of the world with celebrities like Tom Cruise, David Beckham, Rhianna and the hapless Justin Bieber (he got it wrong so did it twice) helping to popularise it by dousing themselves.

    Now, I know it's swimming against the tide and not 'on message' to say this but I won't be taking part and here's why:

    1. Peer pressure

    I don't think being told you have to do something for charity is the best way of going about things. Raising money and raising awareness are both admirable, but feeling obliged to do something just because someone else says you have to rubs me up the wrong way.

    This isn't so much a challenge as a dare, peer pressure of the type that sees people do all sorts of daft, unnecessary and sometimes dangerous things.

    If I'm going to do something for charity, I'd prefer to choose what I do. If I want to do a fun run or a sponsored fast, I'll do it, but don't tell me what I have to do for charity. The discomfort of the Ice Bucket Challenge doesn't bother me (I've done the Maldon Mud Race in the past), but feeling I have to do it because of social (media) pressure does.

    2. I'll choose my own charity

    In all the 'wacky fun' of the Ice Bucket Challenge, I haven't really seen an awful lot about the causes it's raising money for. There's no doubt it has raised an awful lot of cash for the charities involved, which is a good thing, but I'm confused about who it's raising money for.

    Didn't it start as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge raising money for amyotrophic lateral scelerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease in the USA? Here in the UK it seems to be have been used for the Motor Neurone Disease Association and MacMillan Cancer Support, both very worthy causes. But again for me, it's a matter of choice and I'll be choosing the charities I give to rather than being told to.

    I'm sure if someone came up to you in the street and demanded you give money to a certain cause, you might feel a bit peeved. That's how I feel about this. We all have charities that are close to our heart or causes we identify with more than another, and they're the ones we choose to give to.

    Oh, and if some of the famous multi-millionaires we've seen doing the challenge gave a bit more of their vast fortunes, maybe these charities wouldn't need any public donations at all.

    3. It's a bit tedious

    If you're a Facebook user, I can pretty much guarantee your feed is completely clogged up with Ice Bucket Challenge videos. There is very little variation and, frankly, it's all a bit tedious.

    I haven't watched many because it's not my idea of fun - there are no surprises and little entertainment in seeing people pull a pained face after getting a drenching time after time after time. Also, I prefer giving to charity to be a private, personal matter that isn't all about the giver.

    So, instead of taking part in the Ice Bucket Challenge, I'm going to find a much better use for water. I'll be donating to Water Aid because, believe it or not, in some parts of the world they don't have buckets of clean water to throw around, and I'll also be donating to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

    However, if you still need to see another Ice Bucket Challenge, there is only you should watch and this is it:

    The Ice Bucket Challenge is a waste of a water: Three reasons why I WON'T be taking part

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    Four hundred and seven hounds broke the record for most dogs wearing a bandana at the fourth-annual and "best ever" Essex Dog Day at Crix in Hatfield Peverel.

    The record-breaking dogs stood together in the main arena for 10 minutes, therefore smashing the 2013 record of 200 set in Mayland in the USA.

    An estimated 10,000 dog-lovers and some 2,000 pooches descended on the 50-acre Georgian mansion grounds on Sunday (August 24).

    "We have absolutely smashed the records," said organising committee member Adrian Biggs.

    "This year has been a record breaker in terms of numbers –and we have a Guinness world record.

    "The record attempt itself was terrific. Everyone really loved it and even the spectators loved it.

    "It was video verified and they had to stay in the main ring for 10 minutes. All the dogs were incredibly patient – I don't know if they understood what was going on."

    The show this year tested dogs' agility, their quick-thinking in the scurries, their obedience and their catching ability in the fly ball.

    In the main arena David Seamark herded sheepdog and geese and Jemima Parry-Jones showcased her Birds of Prey, while nationally-renowned Danbury turkey farmer Paul Kelly and BBC Essex DJ Dave Monk provided commentary throughout the day.

    Lord Petre, the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, judged some of the breeds in the various categories, and awarded the best in show to six-year-old Westalier Phoebe, owned by Kitty Leach of Bury St Edmunds.

    The "Meet the Breeds" tent also made a return, providing a glimpse at the Chinese Crested, the Dogue de Bordeaux and a Portuguese Podengo.

    For any non-dog lovers, the show offered 70 trade stalls, 16 food stalls, go-kart rides, body zorbing, trampolines and a climbing wall.

    Jane Saw, 76, at the show with her smooth-haired Dachshund Busby, wire-haired Dachshund Fernando and her husband Gordon, said: "It's a wonderful social occasion and we haven't seen or heard any snarls from the dogs.

    "Our dogs were some of the 400 in the main ring for the record attempt and they were all lying down ignoring the dogs either side of them, it was a wonderful way of raising money."

    Lord Petre said: "I am absolutely gobsmacked.

    "There are probably more people here than ever before and it's a great tribute to a substantial army of volunteers because it's a lot of work to put on something like this and to do it so seamlessly.

    "It's a great achievement and a resounding success and thank God the weather has stayed in our favour."

    The event, which is chaired by 51-year-old Crix owner Ian Twinley, has raised about £50,000 each year for Great Notley-based disabled children's charity PARC (Play and Resources Centre).

    This year however it will hand its profit to the Essex Community Foundation which will divvy out the money.

    The approximate £600 raised from entrants into the world record attempt will be passed to independent domestic abuse charity Safer Places.

    The event funds its budget before the show using sponsorship, which included this year paying for 140 advertising road signs across the county.

    PARC fundraising team member Ashley Roye said: "Essex Dog Day has done an amazing amount of good over the last three years.

    "It's raised £150,000 so when you consider we need about £750,000 a year to run the charity that is a large chunk to go towards it."

    In pictures: Essex Dog Day as bandana record broken at Crix, Hatfield Peverel

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