CHIPPENHAM Town boss Mark Collier said everyone at Hardenhuish Park on Tuesday night would have seen a united and spirited performance from his side as the Bluebirds drew 2-2 against Hemel Hempstead in National League South.

Chippenham scored inside the first minute against Hemel as Nat Jarvis tapped home to get the hosts off to the perfect start.

Former Oxford United forward Jack Midson squared the game for Hemel midway through the first half before Rhys Tyler edged Chippenham back in front prior to the half-time whistle.

Chippenham were unable to hold on for a first win in five however, as Sam Ashford stole a point for the visitors with 15 minutes to play.

Reacting to a good point for Chippenham, Collier said: “We were disappointed with how we played against Tonbridge on Saturday, but the 400 or so that were there on Tuesday would have seen a very united dressing room.

“They would have seen that we’re fighting for every point and that we’re certainly not down and out.

“Hemel are a good side and all of these little draws will add up throughout the season and could be vital.

“We’re still disappointed we didn’t get more than the one point, but that one point has stopped the little rot and restored a bit of faith in the locals.”

Though Collier was certainly pleased with another point to add to the club’s tally, Chippenham’s manager felt it could have been more if his players had acted more ruthlessly when being presented with a number of good opportunities in the second half.

He said: “It’s still a case of fine margins for us.

“We created a couple of good chances when we were 2-1 up to go and make it 3-1 or 4-1, but we didn’t manage to do that.

“We need to rediscover that ruthless edge in and around the box.

“I’m really disappointed we didn’t manage to get three points against Hemel because we certainly created enough chances to do so.”