MATCH REPORT: Metropolitan Police FC 1-2 Chippenham Town | Emirates FA Cup | Sat 1st October 2022
The Bluebirds came from behind with an improved second half display to overcome their Southern League Premier South opponent and progress to the next round of the Emirates FA Cup.
The hosts showed a lot of energy in the first half and hit the post in the opening minute with a shot from Josh Keeya with Herson Alves unable to capitalise on the rebound.
The Bluebirds lost Ed Jones to an early injury so Spencer Hamilton moved across to right back with Will Tizzard coming off the bench to take the centre back berth.
Keeya opened the scoring midway through the half when he won the ball back on the edge of the area and let fly with a low shot into Will Henry’s left hand corner.
The rest of the half saw neither keeper really tested although five minutes before the break Richard Afrane-Kesey was narrowly off target with a free kick.
HALF TIME: Metropolitan Police 1-0 Chippenham Town
The Bluebirds drew level on forty six minutes when Jordan Young’s corner reached Hamilton at the back post and his firm header gave Liam Beach in the Met goal no chance in the process scoring his first goal for the club.
The Met Police’s best chance in the second period saw a strong run from Conor Lee but Tom Read was unable to take advantage of his cross.
Beach saved at his near post whilst Matt Hall had to be subbed after blocking a free kick with his face.
Young also injured a knee to be replaced by Noah Coppin.
The winning goal came nine minutes from time when Joe Parker’s cross ended up with Caine Bradbury firing home.
FULL TIME: Metropolitan Police 1-2 Chippenham Town
Chippenham: Will Henry, Ed Jones (Will Tizzard), Will King, Spencer Hamilton, Will Richards, Luke Russe, Joe Hanks, Caine Bradbury, Joe Parker, Harvey Greenslade, Jordan Young (Caine Bradbury) subs not used: Alfie Santos, Callum Gunner, Aaron Simpson, Tom Mehew
Met Police: Liam Beach, Charlie Wickham, Alex Fisher, Harry Taylor, Matt Hall (Bernie Tanner), Herson Alves (Jasper Mather), Conor Lee, Luke Robertson, Tom Read, Josh Keeya, Richard Afrane-Kesey, subs not used: Dean Longman, Archie Taylor, Mason Galloway, Ollie Knight, Louis Degand
Match Report by Wil Hulbert