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Evo Stik Southern League 2016/17

Premier Division


Chippenham Town 4 - 1 Cirencester Town

Match Report by Dave Pyzer  


The Centurions made the short journey to Hardenhuish Park to face ‘top-of-the-table’ neighbours Chippenham Town in this Bank Holida y fixture. ‘The Bluebirds’ are unbeaten having won 4 and drawn 2 of their 6 matches to date.

Cirencester made one change Saturday’s starting eleven as Lee Smith replaced Charlie Griffin who took a seat on the bench.   

The home side kicked off playing towards the school end of the ground in perfect conditions for spectators, warm and sunny, but not so pleasant for players and soon lost the ball enabling Cirencester to counter down their left flank as Matt Liddiard laid the ball back from the corner to a supporting Aidan Bennett who crossed towards the penalty spot. The home defence headed it out and Adam Connolly collected and immediately fired a right footed shot from 25 yards that was deflected for a corner kick from the Cirencester left flank. This resulted in a corner kick from the right that was defended, enabling a counter attack from Chippenham down the centre – this too was cleared by the visitors.

A fairly frantic opening couple of minutes.

A minute later Chippenham mounted an attack down their left flank that took them to the corner where they won a throw-in. Andy Sandell launched the ball towards the penalty spot where it was cleared downfield.

A deep cross from the Cirencester left flank to the far post soon followed but although Lee Smith got his head to it he didn’t trouble Kent Kauppinen in the home goal.

Cirencester tried again working the ball to the left corner where it was lost enabling Chippenham to counter with a long ball to Sandell. As he approached the penalty area James Coates delayed him but he still got a powerful left footed shot away forcing Harvey Rivers to parry. The Referee, Dale Wootton, decided he had been held and awarded a free kick from 25 yards, right channel, and this was blocked by Bennett at some cost to his midriff.

A few minutes later a Chippenham cross from the right was punched clear by Rivers, under some pressure, but was collected by Sandell near the left front corner of the Cirencester penalty area. Sandell fired a shot towards the far right post where it was cleared to Ollie Knight who immediately drove down the left channel and fired a shot over the Chippenham bar.

Three minutes later Lee Smith crossed from the Cirencester right flank to the far post – it cleared Ross Langworthy and a charging Knight nearly reached it but it went out for a goal-kick.  

At this stage Cirencester had matched their illustrious opponents in terms of possession but the home side looked the more dangerous when they approached the penalty area and in the 17th minute they made the breakthrough, somewhat fortuitously, when a long ball down the centre was ‘shinned’ towards his own goal by a defender and ‘keeper Harvey Rivers sliced his attempted clearance from the edge of his area enabling DAVID PRATT to latch onto the loose ball and fire into the empty net from a narrow angle before Rivers could recover. 1-0.

Encouraged by this success Chippenham pushed forward and won a corner kick from the right that Matt Smith headed wide of the near post.

Five minutes after the goal Sandell popped up on the right flank and produced some clever footwork to gain the space to cross towards the back post where MATT JONES darted forward, left of the penalty spot, and dived to head the ball. The effort was parried onto his right post by Rivers but it had enough power to cross the line. 2-0.

Shortly afterwards Jones collected a pass from Sandell but shot high over the bar on the turn.

Cirencester responded and worked the ball down their left channel – Connolly to Liddiard, to Knight, into left corner, cross, deflected for a corner kick from the left, defended for another corner kick on the right, defended and cleared.

Just after the half hour mark Cirencester approached down the left again as Liddiard fed Knight who moved it further down the flank to Langworthy, who noticing Kauppinen was off his line, attempted a left footed chip but he didn’t get enough height on his attempt and the ‘keeper was able to stretch and catch.

During the last five minutes or so of the half Chippenham pressed hard for another goal to seal the game and when Conor McCormack entered the area he pulled the ball back to Jones who saw his shot blocked. This was followed by a Sandell strike towards the top right corner – Rivers pushed it wide for a corner kick that was defended but not for long as Pratt slipped the ball to Nuno Felix who struck a fierce left footed shot at the target from just outside the area and Ben Brown bravely stuck his head in the way to clear.

Half Time:  2-0

The first half had been action packed could the players continue at this pace for the second?  

Almost from the re-start Chippenham attacked down their right flank but Cirencester won the ball and countered as Chris Taylor released Knight down the Cirencester left channel. As Knight approached the home penalty area he chipped the ball over an advancing Kauppinen but it curled away and wide of the right post.

Nine minutes into the half Cirencester reduced the deficit to one as Langworthy counter attacked down their right flank, into the area, drew Kauppinen towards him at the near post and slipped it back towards the area between penalty spot and front edge of the 6 yard box where MATT LIDDIARD had made ground in support to finish.  2-1.

Encouraged Cirencester enjoyed a period of possession but could not break through.

Just after the mid-point of the half they were awarded a free kick – centre, 30 yards – that Taylor struck towards the top right corner. Kauppinen leapt to his left to push the ball round his post. A couple of corner kicks followed but a free kick was awarded to the home side and the danger cleared.

As the game entered the last fifteen minutes Chippenham scored the ‘killer’ goal when Sandell collected a clearance near half way, turned, advanced, and clipped a superb pass with the outside of his left foot, from the right channel, that cleared the Cirencester back-line and dropped into the path of DAVID PRATT as he darted down the left channel and into the area to finish inside the left post. 3-1.

Pratt was in action a few minutes later when he latched onto a pass from half way but he fired over the bar.

Cirencester made a break down their right flank as Kallum Youngsam fed Langworthy, back to Kyle Lapham, cross into the box to Langworthy, laid back to Knight and he shot on the turn but his effort was wide of the left post.

The final goal came in added time following a Chippenham corner kick as the ball was played out to MATT JONES on the right flank. Jones took a touch and sent a curling left footed strike inside the top left corner of the goal. 4-1.

Final Score:  4-1.

An entertaining game full of endeavour.

Cirencester defended with conviction and certainly knew they had been in a game as they were tested by the power and pace of the home side in very warm conditions.


Attendance:     468

Referee:          Dale Wootton


Chippenham Town:

1.    Kent Kauppinen
2.    Conor McCormack
3.    Nono Felix
4.    Michael Pook                                                        
5.    Greg Tindle     (C)
6.    Will Richards
7.    Alex Ferguson                                          
8.    Matt Smith
9.    David Pratt                                                17, 77
10.   Andy Sandell
11.   Matt Jones                                                22, 90+3

12.   James Guthrie                             
14.   Alan Griffin                                  (Matt Smith-58mins)                           
15.   Chris Allen                                    (Andy Sandell-80mins)
16.   Mark Preece                                  (Conor McCormack-85mins)
17.   Andy Jenkinson                            


Cirencester Town:

1.    Harvey Rivers
2.    Kyle Lapham
3.    Aidan Bennett
4.    James Coates                               
5.    Matt Liddiard     (C)                                  54
6.    Ben Brown                            
7.    Chris Taylor                   
8.    Adam Connolly                              
9.    Ross Langworthy
10.   Ollie Knight                                                          
11.   Lee Smith             

12.   Charlie Griffin                             (Adam Connolly-78mins)
14.   Kalum Youngsam                        (Lee Smith-70mins)
15.   Jody Bevan                                                          

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