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Chippenham Town preview: Clarets aim for back-to-back victories

8 months ago By Matt Lee

Chelmsford City travel to Chippenham Town in the Vanarama National League South as they aim for back-to-back League victories.

“You have to work hard - if you do not do things in the right areas then you will get punished.” Rod Stringer

Mark Collier’s side host the Clarets after City propelled themselves to join-top with a 1-0 win over Dartford last weekend.Michael West’s 15th-minute strike proved enough to beat the Darts even after the hosts saw Kudus Oyenuga dismissed after just 20 minutes.

But the Bluebirds also won in their last League outing - just their second away win of the season - as they won 3-1 at fellow League newcomers Bognor Regis Town. Goals from Scott Twine, Dave Pratt and Michael Jones proved enough as the Wiltshire side won for the third time in five matches.

Team News:

The Clarets travel to Chippenham without the injured Jonny Giles (knee) and Anthony Church (knee) with both midfielders facing lengthy spells on the sidelines following injuries. City are also without Oyenuga who begins his three-match suspension following his straight red card against Dartford.

On the other hand, Chris Dickson and Ashley Miller make welcome returns to the squad, as does striker Shaun Batt.

Meanwhile, Chippenham have added midfielder James Morton from Bristol City on a one-month loan. The 18-year-old enters the Bluebirds’ squad after Scott Donnelly departed mid-week. James Guthrie is ruled out through suspension and Matt Smith is injured.

View from the Camps:

Ahead of the Clarets’ trip to Wiltshire, City boss Rod Stringer described the fixture as another tricky task.

“I say this every week, there are no easy games.” he said. “There are no easy games in this League. You have to work hard - if you do not do things in the right areas then you will get punished.”

Meanwhile, Chippenham Town boss Mark Collier is relishing the opportunity to put his side against the Clarets - with Chelmsford sitting second, level on points with Dartford, Braintree and St Albans.

They are a big experienced club and rightfully one of the pre-season favourites for promotion.” he said. “They are defensively very tight and physically very strong.

“It’s going to be a tough match but one of the reasons we got promoted was to play big sides and we are looking forward to it.”


Admission prices are as follows for Saturday’s match:
Adults - £12, Concessions - £7, Junior (16 to 18) - £3, Juniors accompanied by parent - free.


Take the normal route to the M25, go either way around to the M4. Exit the M4 at J17, take the A350/A429 exit to Chippenham/Cirencester. At Stanton St. Quintin, take the 2nd exit onto A350. At the roundabout, take the first exit onto Malmesbury Rd/B4158. Turn right onto Hardenhuish Ln/B4528. At The Folly Roundabout take the first exit onto Bristol Rd/A420. Turn left restricted usage road.

Social Media Coverage:

Chelmsford City will provide live minute-by-minute coverage of the game on Twitter (@OfficialClarets, #CHIvCHE) as well as live audio commentary on Radio Clarets. Post-match reports, highlights and interviews will be found on the Club Website and ClaretsTV following the match.

Updated 21:17 - 27 Oct 2017 by Matt Lee

Where next?

Chippenham Reaction: Rod Stringer Chelmsford City boss Rod Stringer was left frustrated after conceding a late winner to Chippenham Town in the Vanarama National League South.
Gateshead FA Cup: Important Supporter Information The Club have been issued the following information ahead of our trip to Gateshead in the Emirates FA Cup.


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