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CHIPPENHAM TOWN: No boss? No excuse
NATHAN Rudge and his assistant Steve Winter will both be absent from the Chippenham Town bench this weekend but the Bluebirds’ boss reckons that will have little bearing on the result of his side’s Calor League Premier Division curtain-raiser.
Manager Rudge will be in the stands at Banbury United as he serves the first game of his four-match touchline ban after being found guilty of racially abusing a Bishops Cleeve player last October.
Assistant Winter is serving a two-match ban from his time at Bishop Sutton last season.
But Rudge is adamant that the absence of the Hardenhuish Park management duo from the sidelines does not provide an excuse for his players not to perform at Banbury.
“At this level of football, I’ve never seen a manager drastically change a game – here, it’s never been about me,” said the Chippenham chief.
“The 11 players that are on the pitch are good enough to know what they’re doing and it shouldn’t affect what happens in the game at all.
“Banbury has always been a tough place to go but I don’t really think that there’s anywhere in this league that you can look at and think is an easy place to get three points.
“I think that one thing that we did last year was draw a few too many games so we’ll be trying to go for all three points a bit more this season – at the end of the day, one win is better than two draws.”
James Guthrie and Shane Blackmore are expected to miss this Saturday’s Banbury clash but Chippenham boss Rudge bolstered his defensive options late last week by re-signing Exeter City defender Jordan Tillson on loan.
Tillson, 20, had a spell on loan with the Bluebirds last season and featured against Chippenham in pre-season.
Meanwhile, Rudge is also hoping to tie up a deal for former Hereford United U18s’ midfielder Joe Tumulty, who featured in the Bluebirds’ 2-1 friendly win over Cinderford Town last Friday.
Tumulty, 18, spent the majority of pre-season training with Conference North Gloucester City.
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