Chippenham secure bragging rights in local derby win
By Mark Knight
Chippenham defeat local rivals for first points of the season
Chippenham’s second fixture of the 2018/19 season was an away encounter with long standing local rivals Devizes.
On a wet and murky Saturday afternoon Chippenham arrived full of hope and expectation that a good performance was going to be given and end in a positive result.
The day started well with Craig Kilminster forgetting his stick then moving on to injure his ankle AND wrist in the warm up meanwhile Tim Elliot decided we didnt need 15 players, nearly leaving one or two behind at the meet time.
Anyway back to the hockey...
As the first half began each team had forays into the opposing halves and at time D’s however good defending from both teams ensured the scoreline remained 0-0.
Chippenham then began to grow into the game, moving the ball nicely with limited touches and feeding the forwards who had moved into good positions. Debutant Tim Burns trying his luck with a fancy juggling lob finish only for the Devizes keeper to bat it away as if nothing more than a pesky fly.
Meanwhile at the other end the defenders listened to the calls being made, marked tight and tracked players very well leaving the Devizes players no room to run, dribble or attack.
5mins before half time a swift Chippenham attack down the right side lead to a ball being played across for Tim Elliot to poach at the back post, ending a league goal drought. Some great saves from the Devizes keeper keeps the game at 1-0.
The second half was a whole different affair with each team making changes, Devizes moving players around to suit a different need and Chippenham deciding to dig in for the long hall, protecting the vital goal.
For 35 mins of the second half Devizes must have had atleast 80% possession, trying hard to work the ball and exploit a gap but chippenham defended resolutely, a good disciplined (bar Billy who decided he needed a rest so assaulted a Devizes player to earn a Green Card, still complained however) and structured display, giving no inch to any Devizes player.
Chippenham saw out the final few minutes with good game management and were frankly relieved to hear the final whistle blown.
Overall, a hard fought win for Chippenham which gets their season off the mark and sitting in a tidy 5th place after 2 games.