CHIPPENHAM Town manager Mark Collier is hoping to open discussions with Swindon Town over the future of on-loan striker Scott Twine.

The 18-year-old forward has been in impressive form for the Bluebirds since joining on a three-month loan deal.

However, with that agreement set to finish at the end of December, Collier is keen to open talks with their League Two neighbours in a bid to keep the youngster at Hardenhuish Park for a little longer.

“We hope to start to talking to them shortly,” said Collier, who saw his side progress in the Wiltshire Senior Cup after their 2-1 second round win over Toolstation League side Melksham Town.

“I spoke with the chairman (Neil Blackmore) and the general manager (Derek Crisp) about it on Tuesday night.

“Scott has done well since he has been with us and if we can continue to help him and Swindon Town out then that would be good for everyone.”

It was Twine and Andy Sandell, with a fine free-kick, whose goals saw the Bluebirds through to the third round of the county cup against Melksham, who had Joe Stradling on target, with Collier giving some of his fringe players a run out.

“The priority for us is staying in the National League, but the lads would have been training on Tuesday anyway so they’d much rather play a game than train,” he said.

“I made seven changes and managed to get some minutes into players like James Guthrie, Gary Horgan and Matt Smith.

“Andy Sandell is slowly getting back to fitness and was keen to play in the match and get back to where we know he can be.”

Collier takes his troops to the Essex coast on Saturday when they face Concord Rangers.

“Thankfully everyone came through Tuesday night unscathed, we had no injuries or yellow cards,” the Bluebirds chief said.

“At this moment in time, we have a full squad of 19 players to choose from so that has given me a bit of headache.”

Chippenham have also been handed an away draw in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy when they travel to National League South strugglers Whitehawk, next weekend.

“It could have been an easier draw,” Collier said. “We have got them at our place in the league the following Saturday, so if we draw the trophy game we could end up playing them Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday.

“This is competition that we want to do well in, a team from the National North or South usually goes on a good run in the trophy so I don’t see any reason why that can’t be us.”