Sat 18
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Chippenham Town
D Pearce (5'), A Campana (49')
Tudors Off To A Flying Start

Tudors Off To A Flying Start

By Chris Pelling
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Saturday 18th August Southern League Premier Division Hemel Town 2 Chippenham Town 1 Att: 202

The Tudors got their season off to a flying start with a goal after just five minutes - Dave Pearce shooting across keeper Josh Dempsey after some fine work by Victor Osobu set him up. Indeed for the first thirty minutes or so there was only one side in it as Hemel pushed forward, Pearce, Osobu and Matt Nolan all coming close to extending the home side's lead.
But once nippy winger Osobu had been replaced through injury, Hemel's rythym seemed to be upset and the Bluebirds slowly got back into the match. Target man Alan Griffin's shot on thirty five minutes deflected just wide by Danny May, and Luke Ballinger unlucky to see his free-kick deflect off the wall and onto the Tudor bar - home keeper Mark Osborn wrong footed by the ball's flight.
The equaliser when it came four minutes before the break was also deflected beyond Osborn's reach - Griffin allowed to turn by his marker and his low effort slipped just inside the post.
Half Time 1-1
Hemel began the second half as they had the first - pressing the visiting defence - and took the lead again four minutes in, Alex Campana pouncing on a poor clearance touch by Dempsey, to lift the ball back over the scrambling keeper and into the empty net.
It was perhaps some justice, as Nolan had looked to have been fouled in the build up to the clearance (which would have been a spot kick had it been seen by referee Da Costa). This was the second time the home side should have been awarded a penalty after a clear handball by Steve Casey in the first half had gone unpunished.
Cruising now in the heat, Hemel pushed forward looking for another goal and Stephen O'Leary should have added a third from close range following good work on the flank by Campana, but somehow the midfielder managed to side-foot the ball wide. The same player then saw his twenty five yard free-kick well saved at the foot of his post by Dempsey, before the second turning point of the game arrived on fifty eight minutes - Chippenham player-manager Nathan Rudge receiving a straight red card for an apparent stamp on Nolan.
Following the sending off however (as is so often the case) the visitors seemed to step up and play better, putting Hemel under some pressure for the last fifteen minutes and causing some nervousness on the terraces.
Osborn had to be sharp to deny James Guthrie low down ten minutes later, and Griffin just steered his diving header from Ballinger's cross inches wide of the far post much to the relief of the home faithful.
The Bluebirds best opportunity arrived on ninety minutes though as Campana slipped allowing substitute Toby Osman a clear shot at goal - but he got his angles wrong a blasted into the side netting.
There was still time for home favourite Pearce to weave his way through before forcing Dempsey into a fine flying low save to his left, but despite the now traditional last second corner for the visitors, Hemel ran out just about deserving winners on the balance of play.
A good start then for Dean Brennan's side who should take some momentum into Tuesday's big game at Kettering Town, hopefully with a full strength side available if Osubu can overcome his knock.

Scorers: (Hemel) Pearce 5, Campana 49 (Chippenham) Griffin 41

Sent Off: Rudge (Chippenham) 58

Hemel Town:
Mark Osborn, Danny May, Danny Hutchins (Mark Ducket), Joe Bruce, David King, Peter Holmes, Charlie Mpi (Matthew Judge), Stephen O'Leary, David Pearce, Matthew Nolan, Victor Osubu (Alex Campana)
Subs (Not Used): Jake Gilbert & Sam Beagle

Chippenham Town:
Josh Dempsey, Iain Harvey (Dean Griffiths), Shaun Lamb, Ashley Williams, Steve Casey, Nathan Rudge, Luke Ballinger, Scott Rogers, Alan Griffin, James Guthrie (Scott Lye), Lee Phillips (Toby Osman).
Subs (Not Used): David Gilroy & Brandon Barnes.

Match video highlights now available HERE many thanks to Chippenham FCTV

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Match details

Match date

Sat 18, Aug 2012






Premier Division
David Pearce

Player of the match

David Pearce