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BLUEBIRDS LIVE: Chippenham Town 3 Chertsey Town 0
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- FULL-TIME: Chippenham Town 3 Chertsey Town 0
- Chippenham progress to the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy
- Joe McClennan's cross deflects in off Chertsey's Ryan Blake before Tom Knighton and Lee Phillips hit the target
- Dan Barnes reports from Hardenhuish Park
Chippenham Town manager Steve Winter on this afternoon's FA Trophy victory: "We played really well - at times.
"There were some very patchy bits, which is a bit alarming, but we're getting better at cutting them out.
"I think we got dragged down to their level at sometimes and took our foot off the gas at times.
"But I think the boys played really well in the first half and three goals and a clean sheet; I'm happy with that."
So Chippenham book their place in the next round of the FA Trophy.
It was almost like a training game at times with the amount of space afforded to the home side but they finally managed to press home their advantage on a comfortable afternoon at Hardenhuish Park.
Boss Steve Winter will be pleased that his side didn't suffer any nasty surprises as they look forward to the second qualifying round.
Chippenham were almost begging for the final whistle but Phillips strikes to make it 3-0 right at the death!
Guthrie and McClennan take their time deciding who's going to whip in a free-kick but it's the former who puts it on a plate for Phillips to nod home on the line.
CHIPPENHAM TOWN 3 CHERTSEY TOWN 0
CHIPPENHAM TOWN 3 CHERTSEY TOWN 0
But up the other end, Chertsey substitute Joe Green almost puts one into his own net! The full-back has to slide to prevent Knighton gettin on the end of a McClennan cross and knocks the ball onto his own post
Chertsey threaten again, with striker Pomroy attempting to lob John but his effort drops wide of the mark
There's around seven minutes remaining here and Chippenham still lead 2-0
At the other end, Knighton's strike is clawed away by Aulsberry and with Phillips steaming in at the far post, the Chertsey defence somehow prevent the ball from going over the line
The visitors come within inches of pulling a goal back! O'Regan drives forward from the heart of midfield before cracking an effort against the inside of the post from 20 yards.
The rebound falls straight back to the winger but he powers his second strike well over
Chertsey's O'Regan shoves in to Allward but the Chippenham man is penalised. Guthrie is booked for dissent after he derides the decision
It's Chertsey's turn to have a goal ruled out as Pomroy slots home but the striker was well offside
Guthrie is left all on his own on the counter-attack and collects Knighton's shot across the face of goal.
The winger has turns and goes for goal from a tight angle but Chertsey keeper Aulsberry stands up well to block the effort
That second goal seems to have knocked the wind out of Chertsey, who were threatening an equaliser early in the second period. It's all Chippenham again with just under 20 minutes remaining
Chippenham are rampant since going 2-0 up. This time, McClennan flicks the ball over for Knighton but under pressure, his strike is well held by Aulsberry
The Bluebirds have the ball in the net again but it's ruled out for offside!
Guthrie's free-kick is headed on by Knighton and Griffin slots through the legs of Aulsberry but the flag goes up
The Chertsey goalie pulls off a great save to deny Knighton! Purnell attempts to drive into the box and the ball eventually falls to the Chippenham striker, whose deflected strike is tipped over by Aulsberry
And the Bluebirds go close to netting their third. Guthrie flicks the ball out to Allward, who stands the ball up to the far post. Phillips is there to head goalwards but Aulsberry plucks the effort out of the air!
Chippenham give themselves some breathing space. Knighton heads into the path of McClennan, who plays in Phillips in the area.
The striker takes the ball wide and shoots across keeper Aulsberry, with Knighton tapping in at the far post to make it 2-0.
CHIPPENHAM TOWN 2 CHERTSEY TOWN 0
Chertsey win a free-kick and go for a lenghty set-piece routine - but it ends with Pomroy blasting high and wide of the target!
There's a short break at Chertsey's O'Regan requires attention. After being tipped by Harvey, the winger is run into by Guthrie - there was no malice there though
But the Bluebirds finally threaten, with Phillips nodding Tovey's cross down into the path of McClennan, but his stabbed effort is well over
It's been all Chertsey since the break. This time, Anson Cousins has time to have a pop but his strike fails to test John
The visitors' Andy White has a go this time but his shot from range is well off-target
Just a little bit of a warning that this game is far from over as Chertsey put together a bright spell at the start of the second half
And the visitors create another chance, with Blake pulling the ball back for O'Regan but his strike is way over the bar
Chertsey should be level early in the second period! O'Regan whips in a superb ball and fellow winger Wain arrives unchallenged at the far post but stabs his shot wide of the target.
Let off for the Bluebirds!
McClennan and Phillips are both claiming that opening goal by the way - we'll have to see which way that goes officially!
And we're back underway at Chippenham
SUBSTITUTION: Chippenham make a change at half-time, with James Guthrie coming on for Lennox
And that brings the first half to a close here at Hardenhuish Park.
With all due respect to Chertsey, it's been a pretty comfortable afternoon for Chippenham. The Bluebirds have been able to create a glut of chances but they've yet to really press home their dominance, leading by a single goal as McClennan's delfected cross went in off Blake.
The onus is really on the home side to build on their 1-0 lead in the second period to eliminate the threat of an upset.
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From the resulting free-kick Chertsey's John Pomroy goes for goal but gets his free-kick all wrong, slicing his shot well wide
Griffin is booked for handball but that's a harsh booking as the ball was hit straight at him!
Purnell whips a great cross to the far post following a corner and Griffin rises highest but just can't hit the target. So close to a second goal for the Bluebirds
McClrennan and Chertsey's Jordan Wain are booked for handbags.
McClennan gets a kick from his opposite number and responds by grabbing hold of Wain's shirt, with the Chertsey man shoving back in retaliation
Jack Allward comes racing forward to get on the end of Phillips' back-heel but his low ball into the six-yard box is gathered by keeper Aulsberry
So the breakthrough has finally come for Chippenham, albeit somewhat fortuitously - can the hosts build on their lead?
Chertsey's Johnston is booked for dissent
And the Bluebirds finally make the breakthrough! McClennan drives into the box and his cross takes a wicked deflection off Chertsey captain Ryan Blake, with the ball looping over the head of Aulsberry and into the net
CHIPPENHAM TOWN 1 CHERTSEY TOWN 0
So we're past the half-hour mark and it's still goalless at Hardenhuish Park. Chippenham have dominated possession but they've not managed to hit the target as much as they'd like to force a breakthrough
Chertsey carve out the best chance of the game! Manager Johnston plays a smart one-two before unleashing a curling strike from range but Ben John tips the ball wide with a superb diving save
Lennox sends Purnell racing towards the touchline and there's a huge shout for handball as his cross hits Chertsey defender Morris. Referee Newell is unmoved though
Chippenham threaten again shortly afterwards, with Phillips' strike saved by Aulsberry
Stuart Tovey, Phillips and McClennan combine, with the latter whipping in a cross that's tipped just over the head of Lennox by keeper Aulsberry.
Moments later, McClennan's left-footed shot is held by the Chertsey goalie.
But the ball is back up the other end again, with winger O'Regan flashing a shot into the side-netting
Chippenham break and win a succession of corners, with Shane Blackmore heading over from a McClennan delivery
Chetsey's Ryan Blake goes for goal from a free-kick but that's comfortable for John
At the other end, Tom O'Regan goes for goal from range but his effort is high, wide and anything but handsome!
It's the Bluebirds who are piling on all the pressure at the moment but they haven't really tested the Chertsey keeper. From an Iain Harvey cross, Phillips heads way over the bar
And from McClennan's free-kick, Alan Griffin heads goalwards at the far post but that's comfortable for keeper Gary Aulsberry
McClennan whips a cross in and is caught by a nasty challenge as he plays the ball, with referee Andrew Newell bringing the play back
Joe McClennan drives at the Chertsey defence and goes for goal from a tight angle but his strike is wide of the target
Joe Lennox is challenged before Phillips gets in to the box but the striker is denied by a superb sliding tackle from Matt Morris.
It's all Chippenham in the opening few minutes. Harley Purnell crosses for Tom Knighton, who pokes just wide of the target early on
And we're off
Chertsey to kick off, with Chippenham going from right to left
And out they come!
So we're just a few minutes away from kick off at Hardenhuish Park. The two teams are in the tunnel.
It's also worth noting that Chertsey's David Johnston, who starts today, is the visitors' player-manager.
So there's just under 20 minutes til kick-off here at Hardenhuish Park, with both sides still out warming up.
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So what can I tell you about today's visitors Chertsey then?
The Surrey outfit are nicknamed the Curfews and will be playing in their red away strip this afternoon. Chertsey were promoted into the Calor League Division One Central after finishing second in the Combined Counties League Premier Division in the 2010-2011 season.
In their two campaigns at that level to date, they've finished 17th and 20th respectively.
Bluebirds striker Phillips is patched up all over today. The Chippenham man has a bandage around his head after a clash of heads against Frome and is also wearing a cast for his broken hand.
So it looks as though Chippenham will line-up 4-4-2, with Griffin partnering Blackmore at the back and Wednesday night's goalscorers Lee Phillips and Tom Knighton starting up top.
Guthrie is named on the bench, along with manager Winter, but you wouldn't expect him to feature.
CHERTSEY TOWN: Gary Aulsberry, Anson Cousins, Ryan Blake (c), Tommy McGarry, Matt Morris, David Johnston, Tom O'Regan, Tom Betts, Andy White, John Pomroy, Jordan Wain.
SUBS: Ricky Hogsden, James Hennessey, Alex Jeffers, Joe Green, Daniel Sharp.
CHIPPENHAM TOWN TEAM TO PLAY CHERTSEY TOWN: Ben John, Stuart Tovey, Jack Allward, Shane Blackmore, Joe Lennox, Iain Harvey, Joe McClennan, Harley Purnell, Alan Griffin (c), Lee Phillips, Tom Knighton.
SUBS: Joe Tumelty, Luke Murden, James Guthrie, Steve Winter.
The teams are in for today's trophy clash
We'll bring you today's line-ups as soon as we get them
The Bluebirds got back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory at local rivals Frome Town in the Red Insure Cup last Wednesday evening.
Today's visitors Chertsey are second-from-bottom in the Calor League Division One Central and have conceded 23 goals in their last four league outings - for the pessimistic amongst you, you can't help but think that today's tie has 'banana skin' written all over it!
But it's up to Winter's men to avoid a slip up and see off the challenge of their Surrey visitors
So you'd expect striker Alan Griffin to deputise in the heart of defence, with either Luke Murden or Shane Blackmore partnering him.
Steve Winter's squad has been pushed to the limits for today's cup tie.
The Chippenham manager's biggest headache is in defence, with Greg Tindle suspended after picking up five yellow cards and on-loan Ross Adams ordered not to play by his parent club Basingstoke Town.
Dean Griffiths, who returned to the Bluebirds on Wednesday, is cup-tied after featuring for Bridgwater Town in the preliminary round, whilst James Guthrie has yet to recover from a hamstring injury.
So after a disappointing exit from the FA Cup last month, the Bluebirds will be hoping to kick off a lengthy run on the trophy this afternoon, with £2,700 worth of prize money on offer for the winners
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Good afternoon from Hardenhuish Park. It's a big day for Chippenham Town as they kick off their FA Trophy run at home to Chertesey Town.