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Chippenham Town First Team - Match centre

Chippenham Town
Dorchester Town
Sat 28 Jan 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League Southern - Premier Division Full time Attendance 413


Dave Pratt set a goal scoring record when he became the first Bluebird player to hit four goals in a Southern League match.

Dave Pratt set a goal scoring record when he became the first Bluebird player to hit four goals in a Southern League match.
The last time a Chippenham player scored four league goals was on the 20th March 1993 when Tony Hammersley did so in a 9-0 Western League win over Dawlish Town and prior to that Dave Mitchell scored four of the Bluebirds goals in a 5-1 victory over Mangotsfield United on the 29th October 1988 a feat that attracted the attention of neighbours Trowbridge Town and he moved to the Bees, who were then in the Southern League Southern Division, the following week.
The result saw Chippenham Town soar to the summit of the Southern Premier division.
Earlier in the week a national table revealed that Pratt and Andy Sandell were the leading goalscoring pair in the top three levels of non league football in the country and Pratt’s goals underlined their position.
New signing Joe McClennan was instrumental in Pratt’s opening brace and after the break Sandell took over as provider in chief as Pratt competed the scoring on the hour mark.
After McClennan had fired over in the second minute, Dorchester responded a minute later with Ben Wood shooting wide.
The opening goal came on four minutes when McClennan’s cross from the right was headed home by Pratt.
On seven minutes Wood was presented with another chance when the ball fell to him off a home defender but again the Magpie striker failed to hit the target.
Four minutes later Sandell’s long throw was headed on by Matt Jones to Pratt whose header was saved by Shane Murphy. McClennan, who was running rings around the Dorset side’s defence, then found Alex Ferguson, but his shot off balance went wide.
A McClennan cross then appeared to be handled in the area but referee Lee Brennan saw things differently.
Another McClennan cross on twenty three minutes again picked out Ferguson and his shot from a narrow angle was blocked at his near post by Murphy.
A minute later another penalty appeal by the Bluebirds for hands again went unanswered.
Just past the midway point of the half Dorchester, who were relying on the counter attack, had their best chance of the half but captain Nathan Walker’s shot deflected off a home defender into the arms of Darren Chitty.
A thirty sixth minute Matt Jones corner was then played back to him but his cross cum shot hit a post, whilst two minutes later an attacking run by Nuno Felix culminated with Jones letting fly from twenty five yards out but his shot went narrowly past the far post with Murphy well-beaten.
Neil Martin’s shot from distance then swerved wide whilst at the other end a shot from Ferguson was blocked on the line. Chippenham’s dominance finally paid off on forty five minutes with McClennan’s low cross being met first time by Pratt and despatched into the net.
After the break it was Dorchester who were first to show with Walker’s glancing header fielded by Chitty and David Jerrard’s shot being deflected behind.
Pratt recorded his hattrick on forty nine minutes when a superb fifty yard ball by Sandell took out the entire Dorchester back line and Pratt raced clear to slide the ball past Murphy.
Wood then shot wide for the visitors whilst Martin’s free kick was easily saved by Chitty. A Bluebird free kick was then chested back by Jones to Will Richards but his shot was off target.
Pratt then glanced home a delightful Sandell cross to complete the scoring on the hour mark.
The Magpies then made three substitutions with striker Walker dropping back to the centre of defence, but the changes made little difference to the game.
Bluebird substitute James Guthrie’s free kick from out wide went all the way through to Murphy who slapped the ball off the line.
A seventy third minute corner saw skipper Greg Tindle drag his shot wide of the Dorchester goal, whilst the Magpies saw late efforts from Jerrard and Franklyn Clarke fail to trouble Chitty.

Chippenham: Darren Chitty, Dan Bowman, Nuno Felix, Gary Horgan (Michael Pook 70), Greg Tindle, Will Richards, Alex Ferguson, Joe McClennan, Dave Pratt, Andy Sandell (Mario Mateus 77), Matt Jones (James Guthrie 63) subs not used: Jon Beeden, Matt Smith

Dorchester: Shane Murphy, Jason Brookes (Ollie Griggs 62), Neil Martin (Tom Blair 62), Jon Vance, Matt Oldring, Chris Dillon, David Jerrard, Franklyn Clarke, Nathan Walker, Lewis Powell. Ben Wood (Billy Mitchell 62) subs not used: Sol Ayunga, Owen Nicholson

Chippenham Town V Dorchester Town Match Pictures 28th Jan 2017
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Ref: Lee Brennan – London
Ass Refs: Peter Georgiou - London, Adam Donaldson - London

Att: 413

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2. Leamington 46 92
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4. Hitchin Town 46 86
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6. Banbury Utd 46 80
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