20 November 2013

City slump to defeat after "crazy ten minutes"

By Rhod Mitchell, West Briton

Chippenham Town 3 Truro City 1

City’s good run of form came to a disappointing end after what manager Steve Massey described as a “crazy” 10 minutes at the start of the second half saw them concede three goals.

A spectacular late effort from Cody Cooke was no more than consolation as their four match unbeaten Calor League premier run came to an abrupt finish.

In the first half, City had looked good but failed to take their chances and were made to pay as Rob Dean put the home side ahead six minutes after the break.

Then two goals in five minutes from home skipper Alan Griffin put the game beyond City, who gave a debut in goal to Grant Fisher from Exmouth Town, with regular No1 Ollie Chenoweth unavailable because of work commitments.

It was not until three minutes from time that Cooke found the net with a 30-yard screamer, but it was too little too late.

And a disappointed Massey said: “They worked hard and played well but it was their own fault for not taking their chances and not defending well enough. A crazy 10 minutes cost us.”

City are next in action at home to Biggleswade Town on Saturday (3pm), when they will be without the suspended defender Arran Pugh.

Chippenham Town: Matt Bulman, Stuart Tovey, Jon Beedon, Iain Harvey, Shane Blackmore, Tyron Leigh, Joe McClennan, Rob Dean, Alan Griffin (captain), Tom Knighton, Harley Purnell.

Substitutes: Luke Murden, Corey King, Callum Wright, Joe Tumelty, Ben Jon (goalkeeper).
Truro City: Grant Fisher, Dan Evans, Shane White, Paul Kendall (captain), Aaron Pugh, Warren Daw, Cody Cooke, Jamie Lowry, Liam Eddy, Ben Watson, Olly Brokenshire
Substitutes: Les Afful, Joe Broad, Neil Slateford, Jordan Copp, Jared Sims.

Referee: Tim Wood (Gloucester).
Crowd: 266

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