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Chippenham Town
Chesham Utd
Tue 7 Feb 19:45 - The Evo-Stik League Southern - Premier Division Full time Attendance 409

CHIPPENHAM TOWN 3 1 CHESHAM UNITED – Tues 7th February 2017

Fortune favours the brave or the sun smiles on the righteous whatever the cliché Chippenham Town were the beneficiaries of this rearranged match.

Fortune favours the brave or the sun smiles on the righteous whatever the cliché Chippenham Town were the beneficiaries of this rearranged match.
Back in December 2016 the game was abandoned shortly into the second half, due to a serious injury to Chesham captain Bruce Wilson, with the score goalless and the Bluebirds now kicking up the slope.
This evening’s fixture saw the impressive Chesham centre-back pairing of Darren Purse and Mat Mitchel-King missing through injury and the Bluebirds took full advantage.
That said the opening minutes suggested the Generals were still going to be a force to reckon with but a double from Andy Sandell which saw him regain the overall leadership of the Premier division top scorers and a fine goal from Matt Smith saw the Bluebirds take a three nil lead shortly into the second half before the Buckinghamshire side pulled a goal back a little under twenty minutes from the end.
As with Saturday's victory at Redditch the only downside was yet another booking for Sandell who is already due to miss this weekend's match with Kettering and the following game at Kings Langley.
The visitors started on the front foot with Stephen Hamilton-Forbes curling a sixth minute effort wide.
Chippenham replied with two free kicks with James Guthrie's effort rebounding off the defensive wall to keeper Ashlee Jones and Smith's effort was held by the Chesham custodian.
On the quarter hour mark a defensive header fell to Sandell but his shot was blocked.
The Bluebirds opened the scoring on nineteen minutes and again lady luck smiled on the home side as Nuno Felix's shot appeared to be going wide before Sandell stuck out a foot to divert it past Jones.
On twenty eight minutes Sandell's shot on the turn went across the face of goal and beyond the far post whilst at the other end Drew Roberts headed wide.
Chippenham doubled their lead five minutes before the interval when Dave Pratt was fouled as he bore down on goal and Sandell converted the resultant penalty.
In stoppage time Robert's shot was held by Darren Chitty.
After the interval Pratt's effort from eight yards out was blocked by a covering defender, whilst Chitty stopped a stinging effort from Ryan Blake.
Chippenham hit their third on fifty six minutes when Pratt was fouled on the edge of the area.
Sandell rolled the ball square to Smith who smashed home a low shot.
Greg Tindle then saw a header saved at a Bluebird corner whilst Alex Ferguson was off target with a shot.
Chesham pulled a goal back on seventy two minutes when Adam Martin turned in a cross but they failed to again trouble Chitty for the remainder of the game.

Chippenham: Darren Chitty, Dan Bowman, Nuno Felix, Gary Horgan, Greg Tindle, Will Richards, Alex Ferguson, Matt Smith, Dave Pratt, Andy Sandell, James Guthrie (Matt Jones 69) subs not used: Jon Beeden, Joe McClennan, Michael Pook, Rhys Baggridge

Chesham: Ashlee Jones, Brett Longdon, Toby Little (Dave Pearce 73), Benji Crilley, Curtis Ujah, Adam Martin, Stephen Hamilton-Forbes (Oran Swales 78), Sam Youngs, Barry Hayles (Dave Hutton 79), Drew Roberts subs not used: Alex Ward, Shaun Reece

Chippenham Town V Chesham United Match Pictures 7th Feb 2017
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Ref: Dale Wootton - Cheltenham
Ass Refs: Jack Bonnick – Bristol, Connor Malone - Salisbury

Att: 409

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1. Chippenham Town 46 103
2. Leamington 46 92
3. Merthyr Town 46 89
4. Hitchin Town 46 86
5. Slough Town 46 85
6. Banbury Utd 46 80
7. Biggleswade Town 46 74

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