CHIPPENHAM Town conceded with the final kick of the game as they drew 1-1 at home to Braintree Town in National League South on Saturday.

Bluebirds captain Kieran Parselle netted a sublime volley in the 39th minute, only to see his team unable to build on their early lead.

Chippenham would ultimately be made to pay for their lack of cutting edge in front of goal as Myles Anderson bundled the equaliser home in the 94th minute.

Manager Mike Cook revealed he asked the referee how long was left just prior to the goal, and the 15 seconds that was promised was just enough time for Braintree to break Bluebirds hearts.

Reflecting on a disappointing result at the Thornbury Surfacing Stadium on Saturday, Cook said: “We looked comfortable, but we never looked safe at 1-0.

“That’s why I chucked on Ola [Lawal] with about 25 minutes to go. He’s a new and exciting talent who’s just come up from the academy – his brother plays for Celtic – he’s got a lot of ability, and we just thought we needed to get the second.

“It was like playing against a rugby team – Braintree were just bombing it forward at corners and free-kicks, they didn’t try and play any football at all.

“The law of averages suggests they would get a few chances on goal, so we went to try and get that second goal probably knowing they would score at some point.”

With an unbeaten away record on the line once again this weekend, Chippenham travel to league leaders Dartford with hopes of extending that run into a seventh game.

Cook suggested now might be a good time to play the Kent outfit as Dartford lost for the first and second time this season in the previous two games.

The Chippenham boss believes his side’s preference for playing away means the Wiltshire side can arrive at the Princes Park Stadium full of confidence.

Cook said: “We are looking forward to this game. We seem to do better away, mainly because we don’t have as much of the ball and defensively, we’re set up nice and solidly.

“When we’ve got to go and chase the game and create opportunities, we’re not doing enough of that.

“On Saturday, we had 70 per cent of the ball in the first half but we didn’t do enough with it – we’re probably a bit better without the ball, if I’m being brutally honest.

“But that’s served us quite well away from home, and hopefully we can keep that going this Saturday.”