MATCH REPORT: Chippenham Town 1-1 Eastbourne Borough | National League South, Sat 19th Feb 2022
As in the earlier encounter in Sussex, Borough again scored a ninetieth minute equaliser as these two sides remain in and around the fringes of the play-offs.
Despite playing up the slope and against the wind Eastbourne had the better of the opening twenty minutes as they fashioned several chances.
Charlie Walker fired wide on three minutes before Dominic Hutchinson, on loan from Watford, cut in but his sixth shot was palmed away by Will Henry.
Alex Bray then saw his shot saved by Lee Worgan.
Henry then used his legs to block another effort from Hutchinson.
On twelve minutes Will Richards sustained a hamstring injury and was replaced by Dan Griffiths.
Henry then denied Charley Kendall and James Hammond’s free kick went wide before the initiative swung towards the hosts.
Bray was off target whilst the Bluebirds first corner on twenty four minutes saw Joe Hanks just fail to prod home.
A further Chippenham corner ended with Bray firing over, whilst a thirty fourth minute Bluebird corner was scrambled clear.
On thirty five minutes an Alfie Santos shot was saved.
In stoppage time both sides had a chance to take an interval lead as Harrison Minturn made a superb tackle as Charley Kendall was about to pull the trigger whilst Jordan Young’s forty yard free kick was pushed out by Worgan.
Half-time: Chippenham Town 0-0 Eastbourne Borough
Six minutes after the break Walker’s thirty five yard wind-assisted free kick slammed against the bar.
Midway through the half Luke Russe’s shot was blocked.
On seventy two minutes a Chippenham free kick saw Hanks find the back of the net but the referee claimed he had not blown his whistle and booked Hanks, and Young’s re-take was saved.
Two minutes later a run by Santos ended with him shooting over.
The Bluebirds took the lead a quarter of an hour from time when Young’s cross was headed against the post by Hanks and Griffiths turned the ball home.
The Sports levelled in the final minute of normal time when Hammond’s ball into the box saw Greg Luer whose shot come off the bar and fell to Hutchinson who took one touch before volleying home.
In stoppage time Hanks’s shot was blocked whilst Kieran Parselle’s effort went wide.
Full-time: Chippenham Town 1-1 Eastbourne Borough
Chippenham: Will Henry, Harrison Minturn, Danny Greenslade, Spencer Hamilton, Will Richards (Dan Griffiths 12), Kieran Parselle, Joe Hanks, Luke Russe, Alefe D’Abadia, Jordan Young, Alex Bray subs not used: Noah Coppin, Ola Lawal, Kyle Cooke
Eastbourne: Lee Worgan, Jake Elliot (James Vaughan 56), Joel Rollinson, Mitchell Dickenson, Trent Mahorn, Luke Nippard, Dominic Hutchinson, James Hammond, Greg Luer, Charlie Walker (Chris Whelpdale 68), Charley Kendall subs not used: Steven James, Leone Gravata, Gregoor Shaw
Ref: Matthew Scholes
Ass Refs: Ryan Saward, Benjamin Duffill
Match Report By Wil Hulbert