Rendell brace sinks Chelmsford

Rendell steered the Blues ahead in the second-round tie at Adams

Park on Saturday but Sam Higgins smashed in a free-kick to equalise

for Chelmsford just before the hour. But 24-year-old Rendell bagged

his eighth of the season to put the League Two side back ahead and

Stuart Beavon clinched victory with six minutes left. The scoring

began when Matt Bloomfield’s corner was met by Gareth Ainsworth’s

volley and Rendell reacted quickest to turn the ball in. The Essex

outfit punished their hosts in the 59th minute when Higgins fired

in a free-kick from the edge of the area. Anthony Cooke curled wide

for City before the Blues countered and Kevin Betsy’s cross found

the unmarked Rendell lurking at the far post to score. Beavon

grabbed another on the counter to secure victory and condemn

Chelmsford to their 10th straight defeat against league sides.