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NWL U13 Division 1: FC Chippenham White 2 CCCFC Whites 0 Print

The bragging rights went the way of FC Chippenham as the Whites were handed a derby defeat in their second Division 1 outing of the season.
Stanley Park has not proved the happiest hunting ground for the Colts over the past couple of years and so it proved again. Although they could point to a couple of moments of real misfortune, the final scoreline was a true reflection of a game that saw Chippenham take charge of the midfield battle and show greater desire in the tackle right across the pitch.
The deadlock remained for the first 25 minutes, although both sides had their chances to open the scoring. Max produced an absolutely outstanding save to palm away what looked to be a certain goal for the hosts after a cross from the right was only half-cleared. Bradley, meanwhile, raced back to thwart a pacy attacker with a perfectly-timed challenge as he prepared to pull the trigger in a one-on-one opportunity.
Tom, Callum and Luke VDB also needed to be on their toes as Chippenham attacked on the flanks but were equal to the task and showed good composure on the ball at times.
At the other end, George flashed the Colts’ first chance just wide of the far post. Liam B saw an effort scrambled off the line after Matthew’s shot from the edge of the box was parried and Toby cut inside from the left and produced a low drive that the keeper managed to hold on to.
As always in a game featuring two sets of players who know one another well, the first goal proved a huge confidence boost to the home side and knocked the wind out of the Colts’ sails. It came from long range and was sweetly-struck and, although Max got two hands to the ball, on this occasion he was unable to keep it out.
It was a similar tale after the break, with Chippenham winning the majority of the loose and 50-50 balls – particularly in the air – and enjoying a higher percentage of possession without managing to create a series of clear-cut chances. A lapse at the back allowed them to double their advantage, however, although the Colts should be commended for not allowing their heads to drop completely and they mounted a spirited response as the game wore on and legs on both sides became tired.
Luke S and Liam F found themselves outnumbered in the engine room at times as Chippenham pushed forward in numbers but remained disciplined and made positive contributions to a generally solid effort in the defensive third of the field.
Further forward, the close control and dribbling skills of Matthew and Liam B threatened to unlock the door and the pair combined in an excellent box-to-box move that finished with a shot from Toby that ended in the keeper’s clutches.
George also lashed an effort just past the angle and came within a whisker of halving the deficit with five minutes to go. He did superbly to turn a pair of defenders inside out and saw his shot bounce down off the underside of the bar and into the arms of the grateful Chippenham number one, with the Colts’ players claiming it had crossed the line.
Their appeals were dismissed, however, and Chippenham survived the scare to close out a victory that their performance on the day warranted.

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 September 2016 21:31
 
NWL U13 Division 1: CCCFC Whites 4 Croft Juniors Blue 2 Print

The Whites made an excellent start to the new Division 1 season with a hard-earned victory over a Croft Blues side who got the better of them twice last term.
It was the first time since switching to the North Wilts League that the Colts had managed to pick up three points on the opening day and the contest offered yet another example of how closely matched many of the teams in the top-flight are. The home side opened up a slightly flattering two-goal lead on three occasions but were pushed all the way by a well-drilled Croft outfit who certainly held a distinct upper hand in the height stakes.
With three players missing through injury and another passing a late fitness test, the Colts were slightly depleted on a sunny September afternoon at the sportsfield. A new formation seemed to suit those who weren’t on the treatment table, however, with all 11 squad members on show contributing to a fine performance and, importantly, supporting one another until the final whistle.
Croft’s tall frontmen posed a big threat in the early exchanges and kept an impressive Colts back three on their toes. Max communicated with his defenders effectively and dealt with a number of strikes from around the edge of the box, while Bradley made a couple of brilliant last-ditch tackles as Croft prepared to pull the trigger. Luke VDB put in a terrific shift on the left of the defensive trio, often showing the energy and vision to start attacking moves, and Tom displayed pace and strength to cancel out a lively winger.
In front of them, Luke S was equal to Croft’s aerial approach and Liam F got through plenty of work, with the pair limiting space and time for the visiting midfield and using possession well whenever the ball switched hands.
The Colts created plenty of chances going up the slope as an entertaining game unfolded, with Liam B narrowly off target after racing clear of the Croft defence and Matthew seeing a couple of efforts blocked. The breakthrough came late in the first half when Matthew and Brandon H helped set up a chance for Liam B and George was on hand to apply the finish after his effort was saved.
It took a combination of Matthew, Luke VDB and a post to deny Croft an equaliser before the break and the Colts went in at half-time with a slender advantage. It was one they doubled a minute after the restart, with a patient build-up ending with Tom threading a superb ball through to George, who slid the ball through the keeper’s legs for a typically cool finish.
Instead of pushing home their advantage, the Colts switched off and some lax play in midfield led to a chance that Croft took with aplomb to make it 2-1. Some nervous moments followed in the next quarter of an hour as the away side probed for an equaliser, putting a close-range opportunity just wide and forcing Max from his goal to clear his lines on a couple of occasions. Luke S helped to shore up the defence as injuries prompted a reshuffle and the Colts weathered the storm.
As Croft committed players forward, Toby and Liam B showcased their dribbling skills to exploit gaps at the back. One such mazy run from Liam B drew a foul from a defender and he picked himself up to hammer home the resulting penalty.
Matthew drove a shot just over the top after another excellent move and George threatened to complete a hat-trick but instead of opening up a three-goal lead, the defict was cut to one when Croft capitalised on a high ball that put the defence on the back foot.
The Colts had eight minutes to hold out, but finally made sure of the spoils when Liam B rounded the goalkeeper and fired across goal, where Matthew was on hand to fire home the fourth and final goal.
Referee Andy Lewis’ authoritative handling of proceedings added to fantastic game played in the correct spirit throughout by both sides.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 September 2016 07:44
 
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