CHIPPENHAM Town manager Mark Collier said his side showed their true colours in the second half on Saturday as they battled back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 away at Slough Town in National League South.

After an anaemic first-half performance that saw the Bluebirds go in at the break two goals down, Dean Evans started the comeback before Nat Jarvis’ 18th goal of the season rescued a point for Chippenham – taking them to 38 from 27 games as they stayed 12th in the table.

After a slow start to 2019, Chippenham have picked up four points from a possible six away from home against Billericay Town and Saturday’s opponents, Slough.

Collier is extremely pleased with his side’s current points haul and is even more impressed by the fighting spirit his players have shown when they all too often find themselves up against it.

He said: "To come to a difficult place like Slough – who have got a good home record – and get an away point, we would have settled for that.

“Plus, when you’re 2-0 down, you’d settle for it even more.

"We were a little bit inept in the first half and I was disappointed with our performance. However, in the second half, we’ve got ourselves out of the blocks quickly and we were on our way.

“We’re happy that we’ve managed to come back and secure a draw. We weren’t great in the first half, but we’ve managed to dig in and show our true colours in the second half.”

Collier said newly-promoted Slough share his optimistic outlook on life at National League South level and are enjoying every game as it comes.

The London club find themselves a point and two places above Chippenham after Saturday’s result and Collier said his side deserve a lot of credit for the way they have achieved their success this season.

Reflecting on previous seasons, Collier said: “You’re always disappointed when you don’t win games and over the years, we’ve been used to winning lots of football matches, but we haven’t managed to do that today, so you’ve got to give some credit to the opposition.

“In the first half, we found ourselves on the back foot too often and they played some very good football and looked a very good side, but we knew at half-time, if we could get an early goal then we could go on and get something from the game and that’s how it turned out to be.

“Credit to the players because you can feel sorry for yourself at 2-0 down or you can roll your sleeves up and have a really good go at it and that’s exactly what we’ve managed to do.”