Chippenham 'A' give Weston Super Mare 'Knight-mare'
By Mark Knight
Chippenham 'A' coast to first win
Chippenham A hosted Weston Super Mare in their second Central 2 league fixture of the season on Saturday 7th October.
The home side started brightly and dominated early possession. Just minutes from the start Chippenham won a fee hit in their own 23 yard line, capitalised and countered upon a WSM error, swiftly passing the ball up the left wing, and within seconds, whilst WSM were still trying to recover, Dewi Evans slipped the ball to striker Jack Stanley who ghosted past a prostrate and flailing WSM keeper to slam the ball home. 1-0 to Chippenham.
What has to be a contender for the fastest hatrick of the season by striker Mark Knight then followed to put Chippenham 4-0 ahead - following fine midfield work, Knight first guided home a pass to deflect the ball into the back of the WSM goal. Knight's second goal followed shortly afterwards when he struck the ball from the top of the WSM 'D' tucking the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the WSM goal. Knight's third, and arguably best goal of the day, came from a slick penalty corner routine, which saw Knight drag-flick the ball sending it whistling past the right side of the WSM keeper's head into the roof of the net - all within the first 11 minutes of the match, leaving Chippenham 4-0 up and the bewildered WSM team reeling from the onslaught.
In the remainder of the half, Chippenham then let WSM back into the match a little, who rallied, and their rapid forward line proved a handful for the Chippenham defence. WSM eventually scored from a well worked penalty corner to make the score line 4-1 at the break.
In the second half, Chippenham regained their shape and discipline, adding three more goals to their tally. First, midfielder Nigel Stonham blasted the ball home with a thunderbolt of a strike from a penalty corner. Striker Henry Price then accurately dispatched a penalty flick which he had won himself, after being fouled by the WSM keeper in the 'D'. Chippenham's 7th and final goal of the match came from a fast and slick passing move. The ball was struck from Chippenham's own 23 yard line towards midfielder Joel Howells, who picked the ball up at full stretch on the run on the opposition 23 yard line, slipping the ball across the 'D' to a diving debutant Will Pritchett to deflect the ball home.
The final score 7-1 puts Chippenham A back in contention in the division, moving them up to 4th place overall.
Written By Darren Bean