MATCH PREVIEW: Chippenham Town vs St. Albans City – National League South, Tue 25th Jan 2022
Simon Lawrence previews our upcoming National League game against St. Albans City on Tuesday.
Another week, another night under the lights for the Bluebirds this time welcoming Ian Allinson and his St Albans City side to the Thornbury Surfacing Stadium for this Vanarama National League South fixture.
Chippenham will be hoping for a return to the home form that saw them brush aside Slough 6-1 at Hardenhuish a few short games ago. What Chippenham will be hoping doesn’t return is the inclement weather that plagued the game against Tonbridge last time out with the foggy conditions making for a very difficult game for both player and supporter alike to endure.
The game itself however we can have no excuses for. We lacked the creativity and spark that we had against Slough and whilst the game was very different with Tonbridge very content to put 10 men behind the ball and hit us on the counter. The invitation to break them down was not taken as Chippenham clearly missed the influence of recalled loanee, Ricky Aguiar. And against the backdrop of a fog riddled Thornbury Surfacing Stadium, Chippenham went down to 1-0 defeat against Tonbridge and sent the visitors home happy with 3 points in the bag and left Chippenham manager Mike Cook licking his wounds in preparation for the visit of St Albans City on Tuesday.
St Albans come into the game currently sat just outside the playoffs in 8th place which is a fantastic achievement given their far inferior number of games played compared with the rest of the league, specifically us who have played 5 games more than the Saints. However encouragingly Chippenham sit on the same number of points as St Albans and are only ousted on goal difference. With other sides in the playoffs playing a similar number of games now. Both St Albans and Chippenham will be looking at this game as vital for staying in touch with the prize of the additional games at the end of the season!
St Albans’s last result, against Maidstone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCR-nUDZXWg
Plenty of previous of meetings between the sides however, in the last meeting of the two. Chippenham could argue themselves very unlucky to come away from Clarence Park with just a point after a strange refereeing decision and missed chances left Chippenham falling just short in a bid for 3 points against a much-fancied St Albans side earlier in the season. This game served as real evidence that Chippenham could compete against the very best sides in division as St Albans will undoubtedly be in the mix when push comes to shove and the all-important spots are filled for the playoffs.
We can’t wait to see you all at #TheTSStadium for the game and we hope you will enjoy your stay! If you still want to purchase tickets for this game, then there’s plenty of time for you to do so!
Adults £13, Concessions £9, Juniors £3. (Online tickets include a 50p admin charge)
Online tickets for the game are available for sale until 5pm on Tuesday. Proof of purchase must be shown the gate! Tickets are available on the day at the turnstiles, (Cash + Contactless accepted). Children under 16’s are free if accompanied by a fee-paying adult, max of one per adult.
COME ON YOU BLUEBIRDS! 💙