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  • FULL-TIME: Chesham United 2 Chippenham Town 0
  • Chesham defender Laurie Stewart heads the hosts in front late in the first half before James Potton nets their second second
  • Dan Barnes reports from the Meadow

5:39pm

Thanks for following Bluebirds Live this afternoon. 

As always, we'll have more reaction to this afternoon's game and more Chippenham Town news in next week's Gazette and Herald.

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5:38pm

Chippenham Town manager Mark Collier on this afternoon's 2-0 loss at Chesham:

"We're disappointed because we've played very well for 40 minutes.

"We conceded a poor goal just before half-time, which is becoming a little bit of a habit. We're disappointed because we set ourselves up defensively for corners but we haven't done our jobs.

"I thought we'd matched them in the first half without doubt and I said to them at half-time that they were 40 points ahead of us in the league but you'd never think it as a neutral.

"But in the second half, we made too many mistakes defensively and didn't look after the ball well enough high up the pitch.

"We gambled going three up top in the last 20 minutes and I thought Jake Harris made a difference to us. Lee Phillips had a chance and Harley Purnell maybe should have scored but in the end, we didn't get enough things right defensively."

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: New Chippenham Town boss Mark Collier watches his side win his first match in charge against Cambridge City on Saturday (Picture by Robin Foster)

4:56pm

It's full-time at the Meadow and it finishes 2-0 to the hosts.

The Bluebirds will take some heart from the way they performed right up until that late first half goal from Chesham, and it was that header that settled the home side's nerves and put them on the way to all three points.

Chippenham were far from humbled and there'll definitely be a few positives for boss Collier to take out of that one but unfortunately, his side weren't able to dent United's promotion challenge

4:51pm

CHESHAM UNITED 2 CHIPPENHAM TOWN 0

4:48pm

Just a few minutes left here in Chesham

4:40pm

Wright is dispossessed by Little and Roberts drives into the area, jinking to the right before seeing his effort blocked by Oakley

4:39pm

Guthrie jinks past a few Chesham defenders and sets up Harris but his strike cannons into the midriff of the hosts' Scott Thomas

4:36pm

There's jut over ten minutes remaining and it's still 2-0 to Chesham but at the moment, it's the Bluebirds who are on the front foot

4:34pm

Harris knocks the ball down for Phillips, who charges into the box and sees his strike deflected behind for a corner

4:32pm

SO close to a goal for Chippenham - it's their best chance of the game.

Harris' strike skews into the box and Purnell's right-footed attempt is charged down but the midfielder has another go with his left and watches as his effort flies agonisingly wide of the far post!

4:26pm

Oakley and Griffin have clashed heads but after some treatment, they're both fine to continue - somehow, the pair stay on to defend a corner!

4:24pm

There's another big chance for Chesham as Roberts embarks on a jinking run, holding off a couple of challenges and cutting past John before striking over.

Moments later, Oakley is booked for tugging back Dilllon

4:19pm

Double substitution for Chippenham, with Jake Harris and Harley Purnell coming on for Joe McClennan and Pete Monks 

4:17pm

It's an uphill struggle for the Bluebirds now after that second goal. 

But up the other end, Chippenham are calling for a penalty after Griffin goes down under the attentions of Purse, with the referee waving away the shouts

4:15pm

Chesham double their lead and it's a sublime individual goal from James Potton.

The United winger breezes past Oakley before cutting in towards the area and popping the ball through the legs of Tindle.

John rushes off his line to charge down Potton but he deflty lobs the ball over the Bluebirds goalie to make it 2-0

4:13pm

GOAL: CHESHAM UNITED 2 CHIPPENHAM TOWN 0

4:11pm

McClennan goes for the spectacular with his left foot but smacks a shot high and wide

4:05pm

The hosts' Roberts strikes whide whilst there's a short break as Fotheringham goes down off the ball, signalling a head injury

4:03pm

Chesham pile on some early pressure, winning three corners in the opening few minutes

4:01pm

And we're back underway at the Meadow

3:59pm

The two sides are back out for the second period

3:48pm

Chippenham don't really deserve that at all.

They've frustrated their title-chasing hosts for long periods in Buckinghamshire and have had the home crowd moaning and groaning as they refused to roll over but a piece of misfortune from a set-piece has led to Chesham taking a late first half lead.

It's all to do for Mark Collier's men in the second period but perhaps they can take heart from their performance so far as they look to launch a comeback

3:46pm

HALF-TIME: CHESHAM UNITED 1 CHIPPENHAM TOWN 0

3:45pm

Keeper Gore has to punch away Monks' inswinging corner

3:43pm

Chesham take the lead and you have to say it's very much against the run of play. 

A corner-kick takes a wicked deflection and the ball shoots up to allow defender Laurie Stewart to nod home at the far post - it's harsh on Chippenham but the hosts are in front

3:42pm

GOAL: CHESHAM UNITED 1 CHIPPENHAM TOWN 0

3:36pm

Lee Phillips superbly chests the ball down to Griffin and collects the return lay-off but the striker's off-balance as he goes to shoot and his effort trickles wide

3:35pm

James Guthrie is booked for barging Dave Fotheringham - it looked like quite a harsh booking though as the both players were looking to get their bodies in front of the ball

3:32pm

The home fans are getting a bit restless here at the Meadow as their side haven't really clicked into gear yet.

Chippenham have defended well thus far but you have to expect Chesham to move up through the gears as this game progresses.

Currently, it's still goalless

3:31pm

Chesham's Toby Little chops down McClennan but escapes without a booking

3:30pm

McClennan heads down Tindle's free-kick from deep, allowing Alan Griffin an effort on goal but his shot is well wide of the mark

3:29pm

Defender Tindle gets instruction from the bench to shoot from a long-range free-kick, and obliges by smacking the ball well over the crossbar! 

3:23pm

Chesham midfielder James Potton unleashes a powerful strike from the edge of the area, that's well blocked by John, but the keeper just can't prevent the ball going behind for a corner

3:16pm

A loose ball somehow bobbles all the way through the Chippenham defence, allowing Chris Dillon a free run on a goal but his scooped effort floats over the crossbar.

The linesman had his flag up but it looks as though the referee overruled his assistant

3:13pm

Callum Wright's superb free-kick picks out Greg Tindle and his header is matched by a great reaction save from Gore - the offside flag is up again though

3:09pm

Chesham's Roberts has the ball in the net but the flag went up for offside as he latched on to Bruce Wilson's pass

3:07pm

From the resulting McClennan corner, the home defence look at sixes and sevens before Aaron Oakley can't get his snapshot on target

3:06pm

Joe McClennan flashes in a dangerous cross from the right flank, that's beaten away by keeper Shane Gore

3:00pm

Scratch that - it's something slightly left-field from the Bluebirds, as winger James Guthrie starts the game in the centre of midfield! 

3:00pm

And we're underway at the Meadow

2:59pm

Chippenham to kick us off, going from right-to-left

2:59pm

It looks as though Pete Monks will play in midfield, with Beeden at left-back

2:56pm

And out they come. Chippenham in their green away strip, Chesham in their usual claret with blue piping

2:54pm

The two sides are in the tunnel at Chesham

2:47pm

Stick with Bluebirds Live for all of the action as it happens! 

2:46pm

Today's result will also draw a few interested looks from Bedford Town, who could be relegated today if the Bluebirds pick up a result here at Chesham.

If Collier's men come away with nothing, the league's bottom club will need to pick up something at home to Frome to avoid going down this aftenroon

2:41pm

So there's aorund 20 minutes until kick-off here at Chesham.

It looks as though Chippenham boss Collier may have opted to play Jon Beeden in the heart of midfield, alongside Bryan Smith.

Callum Wright can operate there as well but you'd expect him to start at right-back.

Chesham meanwhile, include former West Bromwich Albion defender Darren Purse in their starting line-up

2:36pm

CHESHAM UNITED: Shane Gore (c), John Kyriacou, Toby Little, Laurie Stewart, Darren Purse, Scott Thomas, Dave Fotheringham, James Potton, Chris Dillon, Drew Roberts, Bruce Wilson.

SUBS: Daniel Brathwaite, Alex Brown, Stephan Hamilton, Inih Effiong, Jeanmal Prosper 

2:34pm

CHIPPENHAM TOWN TEAM TO PLAY CHESHAM UNITED: Ben John, Callum Wright, Pete Monks, Bryan Smith, Aaron Oakley, Greg Tindle, Joe McClennan, Jon Beeden, Alan Griffin (c), Lee Phillips, James Guthrie.

SUBS: Corey King, Jake Simpson, Tyron Leigh, Jake Harris, Harley Purnell.

 

2:31pm

Chippenham welcome back on-loan Swindon Town man Aaron Oakley, who picked up a groin injury in last weekend's loss to Bideford.

2:30pm

There's no doubt that its a daunting task for the Bluebirds but they'll be confident of providing a tough test for the Generals and yesterday, chief Collier dipped his toe into the transfer market to bring in striker Jake Harris from Conference South Weston-super-Mare.

The 23-year-old has featured for Newport County, Gloucester City and Hereford United, as well as having a loan spell at Chippenham's local rivals Frome Town in 2011.

Harris is on the bench this afternoon.

2:30pm

In-form Chesham, who won 3-0 at Chippenham earlier in the season thanks to a hat-trick from start striker Drew Roberts, have won their last nine in all competitions and will be looking to make it ten in Buckinghamshire today to pile the pressure on leaders Hemel Hempstead Town.

2:30pm

It's been a bleak week at Chippenham, with Hardenhuish Park rocked by that horrific injury suffered by midfielder Rob Dean in last Tuesday's abandoned game at Hungerford Town.

But Bluebirds boss Mark Collier has had no chance but to pick up his troops for a shot at the Calor League Premier Division's second-placed side.

2:29pm

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2:29pm

Good afternoon from the Meadow. Chippenham Town are on the road again this afternoon as they attempt to upset the odds at promotion-chasing Chesham United.

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