BLUEBIRDS LIVE: Chippenham Town 0 Stourbridge 9
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- FULL-TIME: Chippenham Town 0 Stourbridge 9
- Stourbridge heap misery on the Bluebirds, who have Greg Tindle and Iain Harvey sent off
- Ryan Rowe (5), Sean Geddes (2) and Luke Benbow (2) grab the goals for the visitors
- Ben John saves a Geddes penalty
- Dan Barnes reports from Hardenhuish Park
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And that brings a humiliating evening for Chippenham to a close.
An early Stourbridge goal didn't even begin to fortell the horror show that was in store for the Bluebirds.
Greg Tindle and Iain Harvey's sendings off sent the hosts spiralling into despair and the visitors took full advantage as they filled their boots.
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Wow. Stourbridge go on the attack yet again and Benbow cracks a shot against the bar. Rowe latches on to the rebound and looks well offside but the flag stays down yet again and the striker slots home his fifth of the evening!
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Stourbridge make it eight-nil and it's a real cracker this time. Substitute Dean Bennett lofts a cross into the box and Benbow flashes home a superb volley
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When your luck's out...Rowe looks to be offside but the flag stays down and the striker pokes home his fourth of the evening and Stourbridge's seventh!
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Stourbridge striker Luke Benbow has looked desperate for a goal all evening and he's finally got it as the visitors break on the counter following that Chippenham corner.
Roly Agbor finds Benbow in space and the Glassboys man side-foots home
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This is little more than a training excercise now. A big roar erupts as the Bluebirds win a corner
Stourbridge press the issue home as Rowe completes his hat-trick. The striker picks up the ball on the edge of the area and powers a low shot into the corner to heap more misery on the Bluebirds
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The Bluebirds are enjoying a healthy spell of possession but Geddes wins the ball back in midfield and fires in another cracker from range to make it 4-0
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McClennan sends Phillips racing clear but the offside flag comes up - that was marginal!
Griffin is booked for sliding in to challenge Canavan. He looked to have won the ball but I think the referee adjudged that to be a tackle from behind
John pumps the ball forward and it's controlled by Stourbridge's Canavan, who goes for goal with a speculative effort but he's way off-target
The Bluebirds break forward and Phillips rounds the onrushing Coleman but he's forced wide and there's no-one in the box to cross to.
Phillips eventually tries to pick out strike partner Griffin but Stourbridge defend the aerial ball well
Great running from McClennan sees him win the ball back off Benbow, who failed to pull off a back-heel, and the winger's cross is deflected by keeper Coleman.
The ball falls to Jefferies on the edge of the box but he gets his strike all wrong
At the other end, Bennet gets in a shooting positibe but his effort is finger-tipped over by John
McClennan picks up the ball in space and has nothing in front of him so goes for a speculative effort that bounces tamely wide
And it's the hosts that threaten first in the second half. Jack Allward gets into a good position and plants a cross on the head of Griffin but his effort is narrowly off-target
And we're back underway at Chippenham. Stourbridge lead 3-0
The nine-man Bluebirds emerge first for the second period
And the half-time whistle arrives to put the Bluebirds out of their misery for a while.
Halloween may be two days away but it's been a real horror show from Chippenham so far.
The hosts can't really complain about the red cards for Tindle and Harvey and they face a monumental challenge to keep the score down in the second period.
Lee Phillips' goal should really have stood and the only brief moment of joy has been Ben John's penalty save. A long 45 minutes awaits.
Stourbridge win a corner and Jamie Oliver nods goalwards but his effort loops over the bar
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Griffin looks fine to carry on though after that injury scare.
But the bad luck just keeps on going as Alan Griffin goes down injured. The striker receives the ball down the line and goes to check back but his standing leg buckles.
He's up and hobbling though and the Bluebirds will be hoping he can continue.
Thanks to John's heroics, the Bluebirds avoid going further behind but they're down to nine men and facing up to a horrible evening at the office
But Ben John turns Geddes' spot-kick onto the post and then has to produce a diving save to deny the Glassboys moments later!
PENALTY TO STOURBRIDGE
It just gets worse and worse for the Bluebirds. Stourbridge put a cross into the box after a period of pressure and Broadhurst's header is destined for the net before Iain Harvey instinctively slaps the ball off the goaline - and gets his marching orders
Ross Adams lets the ball run his feet and Luke Benbow races forward with the ball. His shot is blocked by Shane Blackmore, who came on for Harley Purnell just after the second goal, but Leon Broadhurst has the chance to have another crack, with the midfielder's strike arrowing just over the bar
It goes without saying that Chippenham have a huge mountain to climb. They're down to ten men with a good hour to play and a three-goal deficit to overturn.
It's turning into a miserable evening for Chippenham. Moments after seeing his side go 2-0 up, midfielder Sean Geddes lashes in a powerful long-range effort from outside the box to increase the visitors' lead
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But just like that, it's 2-0 Stourbridge. The ball is worked down the right flank and Ryan Rowe has the space to drill home across the face of goal
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Moments later, McClennan wihips in a cross that's just dealt with by the Stourbridge defence. The early response to going down to ten men has been positive from the home side
The Bluebirds have the ball in the net but it's ruled out! Jefferies gets the ball at his feet over on the left wing and produces a superb cross into the danger area.
Phillips challenges Will Richards and toe-pokes home but the linesman's flag is up for a foul - seemingly a harsh decision as Phillips didn't do a lot wrong there!
So the ten-man Bluebirds are forced to shuffle the pack, with captain Alan Griffin moving in to the heart of defence in Tindle's place. Lee Phillips will operate as a lone frontman for the time being
Things go from bad to worse for the Bluebirds as Greg Tindle launches in to a ferocious lunging challenge on Geddes. Referee Daniel Leach doesn't hesistate in producing a straight red for the Chippenham defender
McClennan jinks past full-back George Washbourne and goes for goal but his strike hits the body of Bennett.
At the other end, Geddes and Drew Canavan combine, with the later slicing his shot off-target
So the Bluebirds find themselves a goal down early on. They'll need a big response now - as soon as possible if they want to avoid a difficult night at Hardenhuish Park
Stuart Tovey floats a cross into the box that's punched clear by keeper Dean Coleman. Joe McClennan goes for a lobbed header but that's easy for the Stourbridge goalie
Bad start for Chippenham. Sean Geddes floats in a corner and defender Nathan Bennett rises highest to nod goalwards. Striker Ryan Rowe is on the line and Ben John can't stop his toe-poke trickling over the line
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Stourbridge pump a dangerous-looking ball to the far post, that's headed clear by Harley Purnell
Let's see if Winter's men can gift their manager a belated birthday present tonight
We're informed that Steve Winter is away on holiday, celebrating his 40th birthday, which was last Saturday. Assistant Adam Tudor is taking the side tonight
And we're off!
Stourbridge to kick off, going from right-to-left
The two teams are on their way out at Chippenham
We understand that former Plymouth Argyle man Joe Lennox has called time on his spell with the Bluebirds.
The winger, who spent the end of last season with Bath City, joined Chippenham in September.
So there's just under ten minutes til kick off at Hardenhuish Park. Stick with Bluebirds Live for all of the action as it happens
So it's definitely going to be a big test for Winter's Bluebirds tonight under the floodlights. Can they match promotion-chasers Stourbridge and give their league hopes a boost?
So as well as Griffiths and Lennox, Luke Murden is also missing - the young defender played for Chippenham Park last weekend and could be involved with the Western League outfit again tonight.
Jefferies gets his first start, presumably on the left wing, whilst James Guthrie drops to the bench.
STOURBRIDGE: Dean Coleman, George Washbourne, Will Richards, Jamie Oliver, Sean Geddes (c), Nathan Bennett, Ryan Rowe, Leon Broadhurst, Andre Francis, Luke Benbow, Drew Canavan.
SUBS: Roly Agbor, Aaron Drake, Jean Kalenda, Dean Bennett, Craig Slater.
CHIPPENHAM TOWN TEAM TO PLAY STOURBRIDGE: Ben John, Stuart Tovey, Jack Allward, Ross Adams, Greg Tindle, Iain Harvey, Joe McClennan, Harley Purnell, Alan Griffin (c), Lee Phillips, Darren Jefferies.
SUBS: Tom Knighton, James Guthrie, Shane Blackmore, Joe Tumelty.
It looks as thought the only absentees tonight for the Bluebirds will be Dean Griffiths, who isn't out warming up, and Joe Lennox.
Darren Jefferies is in the squad and could set for his debut.
Confirmation of tonight's line-ups to follow.
So the Bluebirds return to league action with a tricky fixture against promotion-chasing Stourbridge.
Chippenham's most impressive result of the season so far saw Steve Winter's men earn a 1-0 victory in the West Midlands back at the start of September.
The Glassboys come to Hardenhuish Park with revenge on their minds and the visitors arrive in ominous form - they've won their last eight games in all competitions.
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