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CHIPPENHAM TOWN: Iain shapes up for big weekend
BLUEBIRDS midfielder Ian Harvey has called on his team-mates to club together and get back to winning ways this Bank Hioliday weekend.
A last-gasp stunner from Poole Town’s Steve Devlin saw Chippenham Town lose their second match of the new season at Hardenhuish Park on Tuesday night.
Harvey, who was also part of the side that slipped to a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Banbury United last Saturday, reckons that the best way for the Bluebirds to make up for Tuesday’s heartbreak against Poole is to give their all against Hitchin Town on Saturday and local rivals Frome Town on Monday.
“Obviously, Saturday was definitely not acceptable but after the first half on Tuesday, I thought ‘yeah, that’s where we want to be’,” said Harvey.
“We were winning the majority of our individual battles but we went a little bit ragged and our decision-making and our shape went a little bit.
“With five (minutes) to go, it was just a case of getting through it – it was a great strike, don’t get me wrong, but between us midfielders, we should have been closer to him (Devlin).
“It’s still a mistake on our part and we’ll accept it as a team.
“It’s always been the same for the nine or ten years that I’ve played in this league.
“You need a group of lads who you know that, come Saturday, they’ll be bang up for it – that’s what we’ve always been like at Chippenham and we’ve got a massive weekend to get ready for now.”
The Bluebirds took the lead with 18 minutes on the clock as Joe McClennan’s shot deflected off Poole’s Jamie Whisken, beating keeper Nick Hutchings at his near post.
Ben John made a splendid reaction save to deny Richard Gillespie but the visitors equalised 20 minutes into the second period, with Devlin firing home a penalty after Carl Preston was tripped by Greg Tindle. Poole broke Bluebirds hearts in the 90th minute as Devlin lashed an unstoppable strike into the top right-hand corner.
On Saturday, Aaron Morgan’s mis-hit cross and Leon Simpson’s strike less than a minute later condemned Chippenham to defeat at Banbury.
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