MATCH REPORT: Chippenham Town 1-1 Eastbourne Borough | National League South | Saturday 25th March
On Non-League Day a crowd of 681 saw the Bluebirds extend their unbeaten run to twelve games thanks to a late equalizer from substitute Joe Parker. Although Chippenham have now not won in seven games against the play-off chasing Sussex side.
The opening half was a cagey affair with the first chance not coming until the twelfth minute when a good move instigated by Ed Williams ended with Joe Hanks shooting over.
Two minutes later Owen Windsor saw his shot blocked.
Eastbourne then had two fruitless free kicks before Mehew’s eighteenth minute shot from distance was saved by Lee Worgan.
A minute later an Eastbourne free kick just outside of the area saw skipper Charlie Walker’s effort superbly tipped over the bar by Will Henry.
The resulting corner saw Bradley Barry’s headed effort blocked.
Jamie Yila’s cross to Jaden Perez saw the latter’s shot blocked, whilst an effort from Luke Pearce went over the bar.
Just before the half hour a Hanks free kick to Windsor saw his long range shot held by Worgan.
A Windsor corner then saw Hanks’ shot saved.
Chippenham went close on thirty six minutes when Williams’ driven cross was met by Alex Bray whose shot went across goal and narrowly wide.
The Sussex side took the lead two minutes before the break when a needless foul on Yila by Jones saw Walker dispatch the resultant penalty.
In stoppage time the Bluebirds had the ball in the net from a corner but it was disallowed for a foul on Worgan.
HALF TIME: Chippenham Town 0-1 Eastbourne Borough
At the start of the second half Henry denied Yila whilst Pearce’s overhead kick was also held by the Bluebirds stopper.
On sixty nine minutes Henry again saved this time from substitute Morgan Williams.
Five minutes later substitute Matt McClure’s shot was blocked at the expense of a fruitless corner.
On seventy eight minutes Bray shot over following a Chippenham corner.
The Bluebirds levelled three minutes later when Williams cross beyond the far post was met by Parker and his headed effort crashed against the underside of the bar and over the line..
In stoppage time Eastbourne’s Jack Burchall headed over from a corner.
FULL TIME: Chippenham Town 1-1 Eastbourne Borough
Chippenham: Will Henry, Eddie Jones (Joe Parker 65), Ollie Tomlinson, Will Richards, Will King, Tom Mehew, Luke Russe, Joe Hanks (Caine Bradbury 68), Ed Williams, Owen Windsor (Matt McClure 59), Alex Bray subs not used: Spencer Hamilton, Alfie Santos
Eastbourne: Lee Worgan, Jack Burchell, Ryan Bartley, Bradley Barry, Jaden Perez, Jamie Yila (Morgan Williams 68), Shiloh Remy, James Hammond, Leone Gravata, Charlie Walker (James Vaugham 85), Luke Pearce (Norman Wabo 77) subs not used: Mitchell Dickinson, Finley Holter
Ref: Niall Smith
Ass Refs: Mark Senior, James Long