SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Rudge watches on as Bluebirds lose
6:00am Monday 19th August 2013 in Latest News
NATHAN Rudge watched from the stands as Chippenham fell to a 2-0 opening-day defeat at Banbury in the Southern Premier.
With manager Rudge and assistant Steve Winter both banned from taking a pitchside role, Chippenham Under 18s boss Nigel Tripp took charge for the day.
Bolstered by the triple signing of Joe Tumulty, Mitch Tippins and Isaac Reid, the Bluebirds were nonetheless in positive spirits.
That optimism was swiftly dealt a blow when centre-back Jordan Tillson was forced off with a head injury a quarter of an hour in.
Soon after, the Puritans’ Kyal McNulty cut in from the left and crashed against the upright.
Chippenham hit the woodwork themselves when Lee Phillips’ header was directed onto the post by keeper Ben McNamara, before Tippins powered wide on the follow-up.
The hosts forged ahead in the 43rd minute as Aaron Morgan’s wind-assisted cross looped over stopper Ben John’s head and into the net.
Within 60 seconds the advantage was doubled, when striker Leon Simpson found space in the area and calmly slotted home.
Simpson might have had another in the second period but the front man’s header bounced off the top of the crossbar.
John Mbamarah had a shot blocked in a goalmouth scramble and only a last-ditch challenge from Iain Harvey on Simpson prevented number three.
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