CHIPPENHAM TOWN: ‘Players will back board’s decision’
CHIPPENHAM Town striker Lee Phillips says they’re ready to back whoever the club appoints as the Bluebirds’ new manager – the club this afternoon confirming that caretaker boss Steve Winter had been given the job on a permanent basis.
Phillips, who was brought to Hardenhuish Park by former chief Nathan Rudge, says he’s enjoyed his side’s style of play under Winter but is looking forward to some stability after the announcement.
“It’s all a bit up in the air so the sooner that can be sorted out, the better. Whoever the chairman brings in, it’s entirely down to him,” said the striker, who was 33 on Monday, speaking before Winter's appointment.
“We’ve won three games in the league since Wints has been in charge and what he’s trying to do with the team is good.
“We try and get it down and play it, attack with pace and we’ve got Johnsey (Ben John) throwing it out from the back, which we haven’t been doing.
“Deep down, I think all of the lads are hoping that Wints gets the job because we all think he’ll be great.
“But at the end of the day, the chairman’s the boss and we all go with whatever he decides.”
Phillips says he and his teammates were ‘distraught’ at exiting the FA Cup in the first qualifying round.
He added: “We’re out of the FA Cup and we’re all bitterly disappointed. I’m disappointed for the fans and everyone involved.
“We’re distraught and we’ve had a big talk about it. We’ve got to concentrate on the league and we’ve got a winnable game (against Bedford) on Saturday, so I hope the fans turn up in force to cheer us on.”
Yate striker Ricky Hulbert twice missed chances to put the hosts ahead early on, Michael Meaker also drawing a strong save from keeper John before the Bluebirds fell behind in the 36th minute to Ross Staley’s strike from outside the area.
That finally snapped the visitors into action and six minutes later, Joe McClennan levelled as he drove forward and cracked a left-footed drive past Martin Horsell.
But the hosts took control with two goals in three minutes early in the second period.
First Hulbert found space down the right and crossed for striker Meaker, who drifted in between Greg Tindle and stand-in centre-half Alan Griffin to nod home his side’s second.
Then, with 53 minutes gone, Staley played a superb one-two with former Bristol Rovers and Port Vale man Lewis Haldane before firing home.
Meaker and Hulbert carved out further chances while Chippenham searched for a way back, McClennan testing Horsell from outside the area and Iain Harvey having an instinctive effort headed off the line.
They did pull one back with five minutes remaining as a corner caused chaos in the area and the ball fortuitously bounced into the net off keeper Horsell as he was put under pressure by Tindle.
CHIPPENHAM TOWN: Ben John, Stuart Tovey, Joe Lennox (Tom Knighton 60), Iain Harvey, Greg Tindle, Ben Murray (Isaac Reid 45), Joe McClennan, Harley Purnell, Alan Griffin (c), Lee Phillips, James Guthrie.
Subs not used: Tom Knighton, Isaac Reid, Joe Tumelty, Steve Winter.
THE Bluebirds’ Calor League Premier Division clash with Redditch United at Hardenhuish Park has been rearranged for Saturday, September 28 after the Worcestershire side were beaten 2-1 by Midland Combination League side Atherstone Town in their FA Cup first qualifying round replay on Monday night.
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