MATCH REPORT: Bath City 0-0 Chippenham Town | National League South | Monday 1st January 2024

Published: at 6:22pm

The Bluebirds have now failed to win on New Year’s Day since 2015, however they had three good penalty claims in the first half that all went unanswered by referee Craig Scriven, thus over the two A4 derbies this Christmas the Bluebirds had four unanswered claims for a penalty.

The Bluebirds had the first effort on nine minutes as Ed Williams’ shot was saved by Will Buse.

Luke Russe then unsuccessfully claimed a penalty whilst Chippenham had two penalty claims turned down inside a minute.

After Matt McClure’s shot hit a post Alex Bray’s cross appeared to hit Danny Greenslade’s hand whilst moments later at a corner McClure also went down in the area.

On twenty five minutes Jordan Thomas’ effort was blocked for corner.

On twenty eight minutes Freddie Grant’s cross was handled by Joe Raynes but again ignored by the referee.

On thirty five minutes another Chippenham corner saw Dan Ellison pushed to the ground by Jordan Dyer but again the officials saw nothing.

On thirty eight minutes Thomas was again off target with a shot.

HALF TIME: Bath City 0-0 Chippenham Town

On fifty four minutes Luke Spokes’ shot was saved by Buse at the second attempt.

Bath then went on the front foot and put the Bluebird defence under a lot of pressure.

Cody Cooke’s effort was superbly blocked by Henry at the expense of a corner.

On sixty three minutes Nat Williams gave the ball away and substitute Ewan Clark’s shot was blocked a goal bound cross cum shot followed but Scott Wilson got in the way and headed over.

Two minutes later Henry was forced to punch a Clark effort over for a corner.

Midway through the half an Elliott Frear corner was headed wide by Kieran Parselle.

Jake Evans fired wide for the Bluebirds on eighty three minutes.

On eighty eight minutes referee Scriven went to ground injured but was able to continue after a minute or so.

In the second minute of stoppage time Chippenham had one last chance but Ed Williams’ shot from the edge of the area went over.

FULL TIME: Bath City 0-0 Chippenham Town

Chippenham: Will Henry, Alex Bray (Tyreke Johnson 78), Aaron Amadi-Holloway, Dan Ellison, Nat Williams (Eddie Jones 70), Freddie Grant, Luke Spokes, Tom Owen-Evans (Tom Mehew 78), Jake Evans, Ed Williams, Matt McClure subs not used: Craig Fasanmade, Luke Haines

Bath: Will Buse, Joe Raynes, Dan Greenslade, Jordan Dyer, Kieran Parselle, Dan Hayfield, Cody Cooke, Elliott Frear (Ewan Clark 58), Jordan Thomas (Oscar Thorn 86), Scott Wilson, Luke Russe (Tom Smith 64) subs not used: Jack Batten, Chris Lines

Ref: Craig Scrivens

Att: 2,495

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