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Media Watch - Chippenham Town

Post  Wandering on Thu Feb 04, 2016 3:19 am

The Martyrs ability to evaluate or dictate ‘in play’ game patterns at Step 3 has begun to evolve. The understanding between Gethin and Baggy has provided us with the stability that we needed to cut out the basic mistakes that were being made earlier in the season. This has built the platform that has allowed the creative players to start scoring more freely when they know that a missed chance is unlikely to be crucial. We have settled into a mini-run of six undefeated games. The pattern is becoming familiar and is pivotal on the Martyrs ability to shift gears at certain times in particular games.

For the opening period, we simply don’t over-commit as an attacking force, being sure to remain solid. Our game plan now is to wait and see what the opposition can or cannot achieve so that we don’t have to chase the game. We then tend to release the brakes and if the game can be made safe, shift back into neutral to close out the final stages. Doesn’t always work as we can testify against Kettering and Poole, but on both occasions it was only a few minutes short of executing the perfect game plan.

Last season we just kept our foot on the accelerator when the majority of the games were won but this season we have to be more circumspect because the opposition have better players and are better organized. One of the key components in our ability to navigate some of our games has been the tracking back required from offensive players. By opening up too early, you’re just as likely to concede as score and put the game back into the balance.

Chippenham, under manager Mark Collier, have enjoyed an excellent season to date, powered onwards by the 22 goals of Andy Sandell from just 31 apperances. Released by Newport County in the close season, Sandell and his partners, the experienced Alan Griffin and Ben Whitehead recently signed from Wantage Town where he scored on 18 occasions earlier this season, will be the players that we will need to keep a very close eye on. Prevent the supply from getting to them, and you cancel out what makes their team dangerous. This could be the key to winning the game from our point of view. Off the ball discipline needs to be programmed into our DNA for this one.

Another good result on the back of qualifying for the semi-finals of the Red Insure Cup for the first time since 1951/52 when we lost 2-1 at Guildford, would provide the team and fans with a real boost. They are serious title contenders – only someone foolish would suggest that a team that’s been near the top of the table for most of the season isn’t – but they appear to have got what it takes to go all the way. And that’s understandable. It’s another fairly big game, against good opponents, but they will be under plenty of pressure.

As good as Chippenham are up front, they also looked convincing at the back on our visit to Hardenhuish Park earlier this season. If we can contain their front two and remain as defensively solid as we have recently, then you have to think we’ve got what it takes to potentially hurt them.

“We could not be in a better place,” Chippenham Town manager Mark Collier said recently. “We are in a great position, top of the league going into February (This quote was made before Poole won on Tuesday evening). That is great for everyone involved with Chippenham Town - the spirit at the moment is fantastic. Why not dream, someone has to win the league. Teams will be fearing us with how we are playing and the goals that we are scoring. But I am very mindful that there are still a lot of games to be played. We have had a great 31 games so far, the next 15 are big ones.”

“Our form in January has been outstanding. We have scored goals at the right time and we are playing with a lot of confidence at the moment. We’ve been in the top four or five throughout September, October and now we are going into February top of the table, scoring goals and keeping it tight at the back – it is a great time to be a Chippenham Town supporter.”

We could send out something of our own message with the right result. Of course you can’t take anything for granted against any team in this league, let alone a traditionally difficult opponent like Chippenham.


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Post  Merthyr Imp on Thu Feb 04, 2016 5:46 am

Wandering wrote:
Chippenham, under manager and former Martyr Lee Collier,

Um - no, it's Mark Collier, as quoted later in your piece.

You got me worrying I'd put the wrong person's details in the programme!

http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/chippenhamtown/teams/8730/coach/mark-collier-1138605
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Re: Media Watch - Chippenham Town

Post  Wandering on Thu Feb 04, 2016 6:01 am

Yes, that's him in the photo Mark Collier - he has definitely never played for us!!!!

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Post  Wandering on Thu Feb 04, 2016 6:06 am

Chippenham Town manager Mark Collier hopes Whitehead and Malpas signings are right on time
Wiltshire Times


MARK Collier is hoping that he’s strengthened his Chippenham Town squad at the perfect time, just as the Bluebirds are soaring.

Chippenham have announced the signing of 21-year-old frontman Ben Whitehead from Wantage Town, as well as young Bristol Rovers midfielder Jay Malpas on a month’s loan.

Former Swindon Town academy youngster Whitehead, who has also had spells with Swindon Supermarine and Didcot Town, and had been playing alongside Collier’s son Sam at Wantage, has hit 19 goals in all competitions so far this season for the Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South & strugglers.

Meanwhile, versatile 18-year-old Malpas will help provide injury cover for Luke Ballinger, who is currently sidelined with a recurrence of a calf injury, and the Hardenhuish Park chief has his fingers crossed that his double swoop will only boost his promotion-chasing troops, who sit just two points off the top of the Premier Division table.

“A lot of teams at the top of the table will be strengthening their squads but we’re mindful that we’ve got a good group of players at the moment and we don’t want to rock that boat,” said Collier. “Ben Whitehead is someone that we’ve watched a few times and he’s scored a lot of goals in the league below. Wantage were desperate to keep him because they’re fighting to stay up and they might well have done with Ben Whitehead’s goals but you always say to players that they have to take the opportunity to play at the highest level they can when they get the chance. The challenge for him now is to try and break into our side.

“Jay is a first-year pro at Bristol Rovers and he’s highly-rated. We’ve got an abundance of left-sided players at the club but we were actually lacking right-sided ones. Jay can play anywhere down the right side of midfield and also behind the front two. With Luke Ballinger injured, he’ll help with that situation too. We looked at it in training and we had 19 players there, so you’re thinking ‘how are we going to fit them all in?’ but injuries happen and we’ve got Matt Smith, who is one booking away from a two-match ban, so we’re covering for every eventuality.”

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Post  Wandering on Thu Feb 04, 2016 1:23 pm

Chippenham Town can realise Southern League promotion aim, insists skipper Greg Tindle
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Chippenham Town captain Greg Tindle sees no reason why the Bluebirds should clip their wings as they continue to fly high in the Southern League Premier Division.

Mark Collier’s men have looked in serene form all season and briefly hit the top of the table with a 4-1 win over King’s Lynn Town on Saturday before Poole Town returned there with a midweek win over Weymouth. With 15 matches still to play, Chippenham face a tough battle ahead but Tindle believes they have what it takes to go all the way.

“I’m a little bit surprised with where we are but there is a lot of belief in the squad,” said Tindle. “There are young lads mixed with experience. The young lads don’t fear anything and the older ones know what to do, and the gaffer has got us playing in a way that suits us. I don’t know if we have taken a few teams by surprise as the last few years have been a bit lean for us and we haven’t been up where we’d want to be. I’m not sure they were expecting us to be where we are, so maybe they have taken us a bit lightly.”

“If you’d asked anyone here at the start of the year I’m sure they’d have snapped your hand off for a place in the play-offs. People have got games in hand but they have still got to win those games so I’m looking to win it. There’s no reason why we can’t. We have got a good young squad and it’s certainly something we are capable of.”

The last Chippenham team that had this good a chance of promotion was in the 2009-10 season, a side that Tindle is just one of two survivors of. The Bluebirds finished third as Farnborough were crowned champions before going down to an agonising 2-1 defeat to Nuneaton Town in the play-off final.

Tindle added: “It’s a bit different now to back then. We were a physical side whereas now we are more of a football side. I think the overall league has changed too as we had some real big hitters. Teams like Farnborough and Nuneaton threw money at it, and the teams who you expected to go up went up. Now it’s much more wide open and I think anyone down to about 10th has got a chance of making the play-offs. It was a great occasion playing in the play-off final then, so it’d be great if we can at least match that this year.”

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Post  Wandering on Fri Feb 05, 2016 1:51 am

Unfortunately, for supporters traveling across the border to South Wales this weekend, the Bluebirds have struggled in previous visits to Penydarren Park with only one win in the league to show for the last seven games between the sides stretching back to November 2003.

(2003/04) - [SL]  Won 3-1Cortez Belle 2, Jason Price
(2004/05) - [SL]  Won 3-2 Bale, Stiens, Holloway
(2005/06) - [SL]  Won 4-0 Steins 2, Welsh, Shephard
(2006/07) - [SL]  Lost 0-1  
(2007/08) - [SL]  Won 2-0 Steins, Mike Jones
(2008/09) - [SL]  Won 2-0 Keddle, Shephard
(2009/10) - [SL]  Won 2-1 Andrew Thomas, Cortez Belle

With every game now until the end of the season crucial, Chippenham will be seeking to strengthen their position in the play-off places but with only five goals as a reward on their previous seven visits they will need to improve this record as they glance over their shoulder at the other promotion contenders.

There are still 16 games left for us and when you get to this stage it is about being consistent and whoever can perform the best on the day. Going into the game as the underdogs takes the pressure off us. There’s a weight of real expectation that Chippenham could go all the way, and that is a burden that would probably weigh heavily on any team.

The Bluebirds have a nine-point cushion between themselves and sixth placed Hungerford, who have two games in hand.

“That is the issue now (how we stay where we are),” Mark Collier said recently. “We have got 15 games left. How many points do you need to finish in the playoff places? How many do you need to win it? Who knows. What we have to do is keep winning games of football and see how far it will take us. We have got 15 games left and if we lose 10 of them then we will finish eighth or ninth, no-one wants that. With the form we are in, the goals we are scoring we just have to keep going.”

Sometimes less is more. So our poor middle section of the season – the sheer number of away games played and amount of traveling during the last few months critics predicted would be our downfall – has suddenly become a strength. With only one long mid-week league game to play against Chesham, means the run in should be less hectic than some of the other clubs schedules. This should help the group of players to recover between games and finish the season on the front foot.

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Post  Wandering on Fri Feb 05, 2016 7:36 am

Bunyard keeping heads up for run-in
Wiltshire Times


FROME Town boss Nick Bunyard knows it is important for his players to remain positive between now and the end of the season.

“Two tough trips to Cambridge and Leamington and not to come away with anything is disappointing. We’ve not had much go for us in terms of luck and personnel over the two games” said Bunyard. “Obviously we are in a massive dogfight. We are aware of the situation and we knew months ago it was likely to go right down to the end of the season.”

Frome’s game against Redditch United was called off on Monday night due to a waterlogged pitch which was a blessing for Bunyard who admitted they were massively struggling with availability.

However, with them now having six games in hand over Histon who sit a place above the drop zone, with just six points separating the two clubs, Bunyard knows they must make the most of the fixture pile-up.

“All we can do is not allow it to negatively affect our attitude or confidence going into each game,” he said. “We’ll try to bring in a couple of players if we can. We have been looking for a recognised goal scorer who could come in and fire a few goals in for us and give everyone a boost. It is still in our hands, we still have games in hand over the teams around us and it is down to us to win some games.”

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