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MATCH REPORT: Chippenham Town 3-1 St. Albans City | National League South – Tues 25th Jan 2022

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A comprehensive victory saw the Bluebirds leap-frog their opponents to go back into the play off positions.

A comprehensive victory saw the Bluebirds leap-frog their opponents to go back into the play off positions.

The early exchanges were fairly even with Saints’ Avan Jones’s speculative shot on six minutes going wide.

Four minutes later Olu Lawal found Alfie Santos whose low shot went just the wrong side of a post.

Jordan Young then saw successive efforts blocked by Callum Adebiyi.

Chippenham opened the scoring on sixteen minutes when Harrison Minturn played the ball forward to Young who in turn found Santos who fired past Michael Johnson.

Midway through the half Joe Hanks got a touch to a free kick but his effort went over the bar.

On twenty six minutes Young’s free kick from thirty yards was fractionally high.

As St Albans fought hard for an equalizer the Bluebirds doubled their lead five minutes before the break as Lawal held off three defenders before finding Young who beat Johnson with a low drive.

The Bluebirds went close again before the break but were twice denied by blocks from the Hertfordshire side.

Good work from Zane Banton then presented Shaun Jeffers with an opportunity but he was unable to convert.

As the Saints continued to look for a way back into the game Jones shot over the bar.

Chippenham made the game safe on sixty three minutes when Minturn’s free kick was headed clear but the ball was returned and Santos unleashed a thirty yard effort into the top corner of the net.

Two minutes later Santos almost repeated the feat but this time his shot went over the bar.

The Saints pulled a goal back twenty minutes from time when Will Henry was unable to hold an effort from Huw Dawson and Jeffers tapped home.

Three minutes later Jeffers almost scored again as his shot went just wide.

Chippenham: Will Henry, Harrison Minturn, Spencer Hamilton, Kieran Parselle, Will Richards, Aflie Santos (Alex Bray 90), Callum Gunner, Jordan Young, Olu Lawal (Harry Warwick 75), Joe Hanks, Luke Russe subs not used: Raq Alamu, Harrison Lea, Kyle Cooke

St Albans: Michael Johnson, Tom Bender, Alex Lankshear, Kyran Wiltshire (Romeo Akinola 76), Dave Diedhiou (Mitchell Weiss 76), Huw Dawson, Callum Adebiyi, Johnny Goddard, Shaun Jeffers, Avan Jones, Zane Banton (Liam Sole 76) subs not used: Bayley Brown, Joy Mukena

Ref: Andrew Humphries

Ass Refs: Samuel Read, Charlie Bullock

Att: 449

Match Report By Wil Hulbert

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