13th March 2024

The Glovers suffered a second defeat in succession, losing 3-1 against Chippenham Town at Huish Park. Despite taking the lead through Alex Fisher, second-half strikes from Aaron Amadi-Holloway, Matt McClure, and Craig Fasanmade turned the game on its head as the Wiltshire side secured all three points.

The Glovers started strongly when, in the opening minutes, Sam Pearson beat his man on the byline before sending a low cross towards Alex Fisher at the front post. Fisher’s effort was blocked, however, before bouncing into the hands of Will Henry.

Chippenham then had several chances of their own. Luke Spokes managed to bring the ball forward into space on the edge of the area but his subsequent shot missed wide. They then had another couple of chances in quick succession as a cross dropped to the feet of Tom Owen-Evans, forcing Joe Day into a save, before Jake Wannell denied Ed Williams.

Just past the halfway point of the first half, the Glovers had a flurry of chances as they looked to take control of the scoreline. Jordan Young received the ball on the edge of the box after some patient buildup play but dragged his low shot wide. Moments later, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton had a similar opportunity, forcing Will Henry to make a low save to tip the ball around the post.

The Glovers suffered another injury concern as Charlie Cooper went down with an ankle injury while chasing the ball. Mark Cooper was forced to make an early change, bringing on Josh Owers to replace Charlie Cooper, who was unable to continue.

With five minutes remaining in the half, the Glovers managed to take the lead. Matt Worthington’s cross from the right was cleared by Chippenham but only as far as Olly Thomas, who put in another cross. This time, Alex Fisher found the net with a well-guided header into the top corner, marking his first goal at Huish Park since 4th February 2023, following the double leg break he suffered last April.

Following the goal, the Glovers continued to press until the break. Matt Worthington and Jordan Young linked up well to break through the Chippenham defence before Worthington attempted to thread the ball through to Olly Thomas, but the pass was just out of reach.

Sam Pearson had a good opportunity to double the lead immediately after the break. On 48 minutes, Jordan Young played the ball through to Pearson, who made his way towards the edge of the area before shooting wide.

These missed opportunities eventually cost the Glovers when Chippenham Town found an equaliser. Aaron Amadi-Holloway reacted quickest to a loose ball inside the area following a corner, poking it beyond Joe Day and into the net.

Mark Cooper then looked to the bench to reignite the Glovers’ attack, replacing Olly Thomas with Jordan Stevens to add fresh legs to the wing.

On 65 minutes, Jordan Young linked up with Jordan Stevens as Young burst into the area from the right and got a shot away, but Henry pushed the ball clear. Stevens then had a chance himself when a cross from the byline fell to him at the back post, but Henry was well-positioned to deny the substitute. The resulting corner saw Jordan Young find Morgan Williams in the box, but Williams scuffed his shot wide.

Mark Cooper made his final change, replacing Sam Pearson with Frank Nouble, adding more height to the attack alongside Alex Fisher.

With 15 minutes remaining, Jordan Young had a chance to shoot from a free kick, but he put it over the wall and over the bar as well.

As the game entered the final 10 minutes, Chippenham capitalised and extended their lead. Matt McClure latched onto a loose ball on the edge of the area before driving into the box and slotting it past Joe Day.

Before the Glovers had a chance to push for an equaliser, Chippenham made it 3-1. Matt McClure provided the assist, playing the ball through to Craig Fasanmade, who beat Joe Day at the near post with a well-placed strike.

With six additional minutes at the end of the 90, the Glovers had a chance through Alex Fisher as he headed over a cross, but they couldn’t narrow the deficit as they suffered their first back-to-back defeats of the season.