BLUEBIRDS LIVE: Chippenham Town 1 Biggleswade Town 3

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  • FULL-TIME: Chippenham Town 1 Biggleswade Town 3
  • Joel Mason strikes twice for Biggleswade, with Nat Peacock also on target in the first half
  • Substitute Corey King pulls a goal back late on
  • Dan Barnes reports from Hardenhuish Park

5:15pm

Thanks for follwoing Bluebirds Live this afternoon.

We'll have reaction from Chippenham Town boss Mark Collier online on gazetteandherald.co.uk/sport later and more Bluebirds news in next week's Gazette and Herald. 

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4:51pm

And that brings proceedings to an end. 

A desperate first half saw Chippenham leave themselves with too big of a mountain to climb and although they created a few problems for Biggleswade in the second period, it was a relatively comfortable victory for the visitors.

It's a disappointing afternoon for the Bluebirds and it doesn't set them up well for next Tuesday's daunting trip to Hemel Hempstead Town

4:45pm

CHIPPENHAM TOWN 1 BIGGLESWADE TOWN 3

4:45pm

Alan Griffin picks up a booking - not quite sure what for!

4:44pm

Biggleswade's Jon Wolfe was booked earlier on for chopping down Monks

4:41pm

Corey King has been lively since coming off the bench at half-time and the winger gets himself a goal.

Phillips swivels on the edge of the box befor laying the ball off to King.

The Chippenham youngster curls an effort with the outside of his right foot, which beats the despairing Brown at the far post to pull a goal back

4:39pm

CHIPPENHAM TOWN 1 BIGGLESWADE TOWN 3

4:39pm

Chippenham have the ball in the net but it's disallowed!

Guthrie's ball into the area allows King to side-foot towards the bottom corner. Phillips nicks in front of the keeper to backheel into the net, but the linesman's flag comes up for offside!

4:36pm

There's around seven minutes of normal time remaining and it's still 3-0 to the visitors

4:33pm

What a miss! Griffin rolls the ball through the Biggleswade back line, putting King through on the goal.

The winger waits for keeper Brown to move and when he gets his strike away, the ball loops on to the left-hand post.

Monks arrives to latch on to the rebound, with the goal at his mercy, but the Chippenham man somehow knocks the ball wide of the target!

4:26pm

What a save! Biggleswade look to have cleared the danger but Griffin works his way to the byline before cutting the ball back into the area for Monks.

The Chippenham man goes for the top corner with his weaker right foot but keeper Brown produces a superb acrobatic save to knock the effort over the bar.

From the resulting corner, Bryan Smith heads over

4:23pm

There's not a great deal happening in this second half.

The visitors look content to hang on to their comfortable lead and are standing up to everything coming their way thus far

4:21pm

James Guthrie is booked for dissent towards the linesman.

Referee Morris smashes in to the Chippenham winger to stop him running away before producing the card!

4:19pm

Guthrie's smart ball over the top finds King but his delivery is again collected by the Waders keeper, with Phillips closing in

4:17pm

Final change of the afternoon for Chippenham - Lee Phillips is on for Jake Harris

4:14pm

Biggleswade's Lee Smith is booked for throwing the ball at Alan Griffin on the floor! 

4:13pm

Monks' corner kick is met by striker Griffin, who knocks the ball back over his head, but the effort smacks into the body of a Biggleswade defender

4:11pm

A throw from John sets Purnell on his way and the full-back clips a ball down the wing for substitute King.

Harris is free in the area but the winger can't quite get his delivery right and keeper Brown gratefully gathers as the counter-attack is curtailed

4:10pm

Griffin and Biggleswade's Evan Key tangle off the ball, and the visiting midfielder comes away with a ripped shirt - referee Kevin Morris has nothing to say about it, however

4:01pm

Monks has the chance to hit one from just inside the area but his powerful effort flashes wide of the far post

3:58pm

We're back underway at Chippenham - can the home side produce a comeback?

3:58pm

Half-time subsitution for the Bluebirds, with Corey King coming on for Joe McClennan

3:56pm

Chippenham emerge first for the second period - presumably after being read the riot act

3:50pm

It's been really below-par so far from the Bluebirds and they've simply not been able to deal with Biggleswade's direct style.

The Waders have pumped balls forward time and time again and their strong frontmen, particularly Donnelly, have proved almost impossible to muscle off the ball.

It's looking like a very disappointing afternoon at the office for Collier's men, unless they can produce something special in the second period

3:48pm

On the stroke of half-time, it goes from bad to worse for the home side.

It's been a bad first half for Chippenham and it's summed up as Jon Beeden misplaces a header, allowing Nat Peacock to run in on goal. 

The striker smacks a low shot that slips through the grasp of keeper John before rolling into the net to make it 3-0.

3:46pm

HALF-TIME: CHIPPENHAM TOWN 0 BIGGLESWADE TOWN 3

3:45pm

CHIPPENHAM TOWN 0 BIGGLESWADE TOWN 3

3:40pm

Callum Wright is injured and has to come off for Harley Purnell

3:39pm

There's a bit of a problem for the home team - Callum Wright has picked up a knock and goes down for a second time off the ball 

3:38pm

A superb ball from deep by Pete Monks picks out Alan Griffin in the area - his first touch is sublime but a Biggleswade defender does just enough to put him off at the vital moment

3:37pm

Guthrie smartly cuts towards the byline but on his weaker foot, skews his cross well high of the mark

3:33pm

It's a disappointing opening 30 minutes for Collier's side - they've got a bit of a mountain to climb already

3:31pm

It's going to need a bigger response now. Joel Mason grabs his second of the afternoon within minutes of putting the visitors in front.

Another high ball is headed away by the Chippenham back line and after it drops to the winger, his volleyed lob arcs all the way over the Bluebirds goalie and into the net to make it 2-0

3:29pm

GOAL: CHIPPENHAM TOWN 0 BIGGLESWADE TOWN 2

3:28pm

There's been a bit of an end-of-season feel to proceedings so far and the visitors have been a lot more comfortable than the Bluebirds would like.

Biggleswade have been very ndirect thus far and from a set-piece, they've fashioned a breakthrough. Can Chippenham produce a response?

 

3:27pm

There hasn't been much action at all but almost out of nothing, Biggleswade take the lead!

A long free-kick forward from deep is knocked down backwards by striker Brett Donnelly, allowing Joel Mason to fire home from close range, with his strike cannoning in off keeper Ben John

3:25pm

GOAL: CHIPPENHAM TOWN 0 BIGGLESWADE TOWN 1

3:21pm

From a Joe McClennan corner, Aaron Oakley gets a header on target but it's comfortable for Waders keeper Ian Brown to gather

3:15pm

After a free-kick is cleared, Biggleswade's Joel Mason goes for power but blasts high over the bar from just outside the area

3:12pm

It's a little nervy at the back for the Bluebirds in the early stages

3:05pm

It's Biggleswade who have had the majority of possession in the opening few minutes but Chippenham's James Guthrie has the first effort of the afternoon, rolling a snapshot wide of the target

2:58pm

And we're underway at Chippenham

2:58pm

Biggleswade to kick us off, going from left-to-right

2:55pm

The two teams are on their way out!

2:43pm

In other Hardenhuish Park news, there's a cat loose in the ground, which is currently scuttling around under the main stand! 

2:42pm

There's just under 20 minutes til kick-off here at Chippenham, with the two sides on their way back into the dressing rooms.

Stick with Bluebirds Live for all of the action as it happens

2:41pm

There's also a collection taking place for the injured Dean today, with a copy of an article from a certain local newspaper accompanying the signage*.

*(That's a shameless self-plug there) 

2:32pm

It's a glorious day at Hardenhuish Park by the way - there's beaming sunshine and a cool summer breeze.

The two sides are currently going through their pre-match routines

2:30pm

Chippenham drew 3-3 at the Waders last November and this afternoon's visitors have been draw specialists in recent months, notching up six stalemates in their last seven league games.

2:30pm

Bedfordshire outfit Biggleswade are currently 15th in the table but they've only played 34 games so far – some sides in the division have already completed 38 fixtures.

2:29pm

BIGGLESWADE TOWN: Ian Brown, Max York, Andrew Iwediuno, Russell Short, Steve Gentle (c), Evan Key, Jon Wolfe, Lee Smith, Brett Donnelly, Nat Peacock, Joel Mason.

SUBS: Lee Allinson, Cameron Mawer, Craig Daniel.

2:28pm

CHIPPENHAM TOWN TEAM TO PLAY BIGGLESWADE TOWN: Ben John, Callum Wright, Pete Monks, Bryan Smith, Aaron Oakley, Greg Tindle, Joe McClennan, Jon Beeden, Alan Griffin (c), Jake Harris, James Guthrie.

SUBS: Jake Simpson, Tyron Leigh, Lee Phillips, Corey King, Harley Purnell.

2:26pm

The teams are in.

Striker Jake Harris (pictured) makes his first Chippenham start after coming off the bench at Chesham last weekend - he comes in for Lee Phillips.

That looks like the only change for the home side

Wiltshire Times: Jake Harris made his Chippenham Town debut in last weekend's loss at Chesham United

2:19pm

The early team news is that midfielder Iain Harvey, who has been sidelined since January with a calf problem, still isn't fit to make his return from injury today.

Otherwise, it looks like a clean bill of health for the Bluebirds - excluding of course, the stricken Rob Dean, who underwent the first of two knee operations last Thursday

2:16pm

Collier's side face another tough trip next Tuesday evening when they make the trip to league leaders Hemel Hempstead Town, so the Bluebirds will be hoping that they can go into that clash off the back of a positive result at Hardenhuish Park today.

2:16pm

Last weekend, Chippenham produced a spirited opening 41 minutes as they frustrated promotion-chasing Chesham United before a goal not long before half-time sent the visitors on their way to a 2-0 defeat.

2:15pm

The Bluebirds have just eight games of the season remaining and sit 20th in the league table, ten points clear of the drop zone. 

Mark Collier's men will be aiming to put a few points on the board in the next few weeks, just to ensure there isn't a nervy finish to the current campaign.

 

2:14pm

As usual, get involved with Bluebirds Live this season and have your say on Chippenham Town's fortunes on and off the pitch.

Get in touch via Twitter using the hashtag #bluebirdslive, comment in the box below or e-mail dbarnes@newswilts.co.uk – but please keep your thoughts clean!

2:14pm

Good afternoon from Hardenhuish Park. Chippenham Town are in action at home this afternoon as they host Biggleswade Town in the Calor League Premier Division.

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