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BLUEBIRDS LIVE: Chesham United 2 Chippenham Town 0
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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
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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."
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
CHESHAM UNITED 2 CHIPPENHAM TOWN 0
Just a few minutes left here in Chesham
Wright is dispossessed by Little and Roberts drives into the area, jinking to the right before seeing his effort blocked by Oakley
Guthrie jinks past a few Chesham defenders and sets up Harris but his strike cannons into the midriff of the hosts' Scott Thomas
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
Harris knocks the ball down for Phillips, who charges into the box and sees his strike deflected behind for a corner
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!
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!
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
Double substitution for Chippenham, with Jake Harris and Harley Purnell coming on for Joe McClennan and Pete Monks
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
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
GOAL: CHESHAM UNITED 2 CHIPPENHAM TOWN 0
McClennan goes for the spectacular with his left foot but smacks a shot high and wide
The hosts' Roberts strikes whide whilst there's a short break as Fotheringham goes down off the ball, signalling a head injury
Chesham pile on some early pressure, winning three corners in the opening few minutes
And we're back underway at the Meadow
The two sides are back out for the second period
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
HALF-TIME: CHESHAM UNITED 1 CHIPPENHAM TOWN 0
Keeper Gore has to punch away Monks' inswinging corner
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
GOAL: CHESHAM UNITED 1 CHIPPENHAM TOWN 0
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
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
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
Chesham's Toby Little chops down McClennan but escapes without a booking
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
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!
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
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
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
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
From the resulting McClennan corner, the home defence look at sixes and sevens before Aaron Oakley can't get his snapshot on target
Joe McClennan flashes in a dangerous cross from the right flank, that's beaten away by keeper Shane Gore
Scratch that - it's something slightly left-field from the Bluebirds, as winger James Guthrie starts the game in the centre of midfield!
And we're underway at the Meadow
Chippenham to kick us off, going from right-to-left
It looks as though Pete Monks will play in midfield, with Beeden at left-back
And out they come. Chippenham in their green away strip, Chesham in their usual claret with blue piping
The two sides are in the tunnel at Chesham
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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
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
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
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.
Chippenham welcome back on-loan Swindon Town man Aaron Oakley, who picked up a groin injury in last weekend's loss to Bideford.
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.
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.
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.
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