CHIPPENHAM Town manager Mike Cook said he would have loved to have been a spectator in the stands after the Bluebirds drew 1-1 with National League South table toppers Wealdstone on Saturday.

Scott Twine’s first-half goal gave Chippenham a deserved lead in front of a 1,062-strong crowd at the Thornbury Surfacing Stadium before Wealdstone’s Michee Efete snatched a point for the visitors shortly after the break.

Town started brightly, creating a handful of dangerous moments before Twine bagged his sixth goal in four games when slamming home inside the box.

Cook’s side continued to search for a second goal before half-time, but they could not find one and were duly punished in the 52nd minute courtesy of Efete.

But Town’s first dropped points in four games did little to frustrate their manager, who praised both teams for creating a thoroughly enjoyable game.

Cook said: “I would have loved to have been a neutral in the stands on Saturday because I think I would really have enjoyed that.

“It was pleasing to watch as a coach though because we’re knocking it about nicely and we’re creating chances.

“We’re not quite putting them away as I’d like, but it was a really good game of football.

“We worked on creating a little bit more in training last week – we did some overlapping and underlapping in order to get more people in the box and give us a better chance of finishing the move off.

“It’s pleasing to see people getting into those positions, but we just need someone to put it away.”

Another point on the board meant Chippenham missed the chance to move up a spot, and they remain in 12th with seven games to go.

Though there are seven points and eight teams between the Bluebirds and the relegation places, Cook said he would still not relax until the job was officially done.

Something that could have been helped had his team been more clinical at the weekend.

He said: “With the chances that we created in the first half and the way that we played, I was disappointed not to come in at least three goals up.

“Wealdstone played better in the second half and they had a couple of good chances which we blocked, but I’m slightly disappointed we didn’t get all three points if I’m honest.”