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Chippenham v Weston-super-Mare

Chippenham Town 2 - 0 Weston-super-Mare
17 Mar 2018 - 15:00

Two early goals inside the opening ten minutes undid Weston, who enjoyed the lion’s share of possession across the 90 minutes but couldn’t undo a compact, well-organised and stubborn Chippenham outfit.

The hosts could have had a goal inside the openng minute when one of their forwards broke past the defence, but Luke Purnell was down quickly to palm the effort away.

The Bluebirds got their opener in the 9th minute, when a cross from Weston’s left was brought down by experienced striker Andy Sandell, who turned and finished from inside the box, with the ball nestling inside the far corner.

Weston were left with work to do when a long ball ove the top found Michael Jones, who chested the ball down, breezing past Danny Greenslade and clipping the ball over Purnell to double his side’s advantage.

Following the second goal, Weston controlled the game however were unable to penetrate the Bluebirds backline. Jarrad Welch, in one of his best league outings in a Weston shirt since signing, controlling the game with his passes to Weston feet.

Jason Pope’s low effort from 25 yards was easily collected by Thompson, before Welch stung the hands of Jared Thompson from 20 yards after some neat buildup from the men in white.

After the interval, Weston continued to push forward and tried to get back into the game, however for all their possesson, their efforts never surfaced as goals.

Welch had a drive from 25 yards fly narrowly past the post, and Aaron Parson’s header from a corner was over the bar.

Popey continued to come forward when in possession, however one of his efforts was well wide from outside the box.

Parsons won the ball back on the edge of his own area when Sandell had sped away from Jake Lee, but Weston were unable to get the ball forward much after this incident, as the game played out with Chippenham sealing the win in what can only be described as a dull encounter.

FT: Chippenham 2-0 Weston (Sandell 9, Smith 14)

Weston XI: Purnell, Parsons, Greenslade, Cane (C), Pope Lee, Baghdadi, Kington (Dunnwald 56), Hill, Welch, Plummer. Unused subs: Laird, Scott, Harper.

MOTM: Jarrad Welch – Constantly looking forwards and his passing was almost perfect today, despite a few misplaced passes. Didn’t back out of the dirty stuff either, tracking men back and putting challenges in midfield as Chippenham looked to launch atacks.