Chippenham 'A' fight back from two goals down to take all 3 points
By Mark Knight
Chippenham 'A' leave it late to claim victory and climb to second in the league
Chippenham ‘A’, this week, travelled to Bath to play Team Bath Buccs ‘E’ who were surprisingly languishing near the bottom of the table having suffered back to back defeats in the opening two matches of the season.
The opening exchanges of the match confirmed that Buccs recent results and table position belied their true strength and quality, and the home side pegged the Chippenham team in their own half for much of the first half, moving the ball around with pace and accuracy, leaving the Chippenham side few chances to break into the Buccs ‘D’.
Chippenham’s passing was weak and inaccurate at times compounding the issue.
Buccs pressure in the Chippenham goal, forced keeper Leo Barker to make numerous lightning reaction saves, however, one too many to prevent the home side from opening the scoring, with another fine save from the Chippenham keeper unfortunately falling to a waiting Buccs striker to tuck the ball into the back of the Chippenham goal. 1-0 to Buccs which remained the scoreline at the break.
Half time team talk given and changes made by Chippenham, at first failed to have any effect as Buccs capitalised on an error in the Chippenham central midfield, pouncing quickly, over-running the Chippenham defence and passing the ball around keeper Barker to make the scoreline 2-0.
Buccs seemed confident that they would secure their first 3 points of the season, however, Chippenham rallied and finally started to dominate the midfield battle, with Chris Instone playing an instrumental role in Chippenham’s resurgence in the match.
The last 25 minutes of the match saw Chippenham win a succession of penalty corners, dispatching 3 within 15 minutes to lead Buccs 3-2 with 10 minutes still to play.
The first of these was dispatched when a penalty corner was initially saved by the Buccs keeper who kicked the ball straight out to a waiting Chippenham striker, playing the ball directly back into the Buccs ‘D’ for midfielder Aled Evans to strike from an acute angle into the Buccs goal. 2-1.
Chippenham’s second goal was dispatched in a similar fashion by striker Henry Price a few minutes later, from a similarly acute angle from a broken down penalty corner.
The score now 2-2, Buccs seemed shell-shocked at the fact they had lost what appeared to be a comfortable lead.
Chippenham added insult to injury when they scored their 3rd goal of the match from a slick penalty corner routine with Aled Evans deflecting the ball into the roof of the Buccs goal, after the ball was slipped to him from the top of the Buccs ‘D’.
A frenetic final 10 minutes ensued with chances falling to both teams at both ends of the pitch. Both teams struck the frame of the goal, with Chippenham midfielder Elliot Jones almost adding to the scoreline by sweeping a cross-D pass toward the top left corner of the Buccs goal, with the Buccs keeper at full stretch tipping the ball onto the crossbar.
The match ended 3-2 with Chippenham ‘A’ securing their first and hard fought away victory and all 3 points to leave them in second place in the division.
Buccs performance also proving they will surely start winning and climbing the table very soon.