Chippenham Town 1, Evesham United 0

CHIPPENHAM Town picked up their fourth Southern League Premier Division win in a row after holding off Evesham United at Hardenhuish Park on Saturday.

A superb first half chip from Sam Allison sealed the points for Adie Mings’ side and ensured their unbeaten start to 2009 continued.

The game started in uneventful fashion but in the 15th minute skipper Iain Harvey limped off with a recurrence of a foot injury.

Three minutes later matters burst into life as Ross Adams nearly put former Bluebird Kevin Slack’s cross into his own net, before Simon Fitter’s miscued cross hit the crossbar with Chris Snoddy struggling.

Evesham were playing the better football and were entitled to feel hard done by when Allison gave Chippenham the lead on 31 minutes.

The winger showed great touch as he turned on the right edge of the penalty area and lifted his shot over Vaughan and into the net.

Snoddy denied Slack an equaliser and a goal against his former club five minutes later, with a smart stop when the striker was clean through.

Kye Holly swung a shot past the post three minutes after the break and Allison might have had a second on 56 minutes, but Vaughan was equal to his low strike.

The former England under 18 man, who had been booked for dissent in the first half, was then lucky to escape a second yellow after he was penalised for a high boot.

Scott Lye might have doubled the lead three minutes from the end but Vaughan stopped his weak effort.

Bluebirds boss Mings said: “It was always going to be a tough game.

“They are very in your face and are a very robust and physical side.

“Sammy scored an excellent goal to get us in front and we defended superbly all over the pitch.”