CHIPPENHAM TOWN: Bluebirds snap up Alex Ferguson (no, not that one)
Steve Devlin (left) celebrates after giving Poole the lead by firing past Chippenham keeper Matty Bulman
CHIPPENHAM Town boss Collier hopes to develop the relationship with Swindon Town further following his loan capture of their former U18 skipper Alex Ferguson.
The Bluebirds hope to complete the paperwork on a month-long switch for midfielder Ferguson before Saturday’s Calor League Southern Premier Division trip to Corby Town.
Ferguson, 19, turned professional with Swindon in the summer of 2013 after graduating from the Academy and was at the Bluebirds’ rivals Frome Town, for whom he made one start earlier this season.
Collier said: “He hasn’t been involved with the first team at Swindon, so we're hoping we can get everything sorted out in time for the weekend.
“We have some good contacts at Swindon Town, so hopefully it’s something we can use in the future too.’’
Collier has urged his Bluebirds squad to use Saturday’s improved second-half showing at Poole as the template for the rest of their season.
Two goals in three minutes – the second a penalty – from Poole’s Steve Devlin at the end of the first half on the south coast ensured Collier’s men paid a hefty price for a lethargic opening 45 minutes.
But the visitors were a revitalised force after the break, Rob Dean sliding home a goal that ensured the Dolphins endured a nervous conclusion to the match before a second, hotly-disputed, spot-kick in injury time allowed Michael Charles to wrap up the points for the home side.
Collier revealed that he and assistant Tom Jones had poured scorn on their team’s efforts at half time – spurring the reaction they desired after the break.
“We got into people and they took reactions on board and there were positives in the second half, but that’s the level we need to play at all the time,’’ said the manager, tasting his second defeat in four days on the south coast after the 4-1 midweek loss at Weymouth.
“There are a few things to work on and we will. We’re a long way off where we want to be but myself and Tom are hell-bent on getting there and we will do.
“I’ve said to them (the players) whether it’s with this group of players or some others the big issue is Chippenham Town Football Club.
“I’m employed to get them up the league table and be better and that’s our intention.
“Things are not right because we’re not winning enough games and we need to address that. We won’t get players in who are not better than what we’ve got but if there are players out there that can make a difference to us, we’ll be interested.”
Poole dominated the first half, with Chippenham not troubling home keeper Nick Hutchings, who was playing in his final match before heading to Australia and New Zealand.
The breakthrough came as a slip in midfield allowed Poole skipper Dan Cann to play Devlin in on the left side and he calmly rolled the ball into the far corner.
In first-half injury time it got worse as Carl Preston was clumsily felled by Greg Tindle’s challenge and Devlin sent Matty Bulman the wrong way from the penalty spot.
The much-improved visitors halved the deficit on 68 minutes as Dean had space and time in the box to pick his spot and roll past Hutchings.
James Guthrie and sub Tom Knight both had efforts blocked, but Poole wrapped it up in injury time as Tindle was adjudged to have felled Charles while chasing a long ball and the striker picked himself home to slot home the penalty.
Chippenham Town: Matty Bulman, Stuart Tovey (Tom Knighton 54), Pete Monks, Iain Harvey (Jon Beedon 85), Tyron Leigh, Greg Tindle, Joe McClennan, Rob Dean, Alan Griffin (captain), Harley Purnell, James Guthrie (Corey King 75).
Subs not used: Shane Blackmore, Ben John.
Referee: Aarron Moody (Chandler's Ford)
Yellow cards – Poole: Brooks 50, Hutchings 90; Chippenham: Harvey 65.
THERE WILL BE NO BLUEBIRDSLIVE AT GAZETTEANDHERALD.CO.UK/SPORT FROM SATURDAY'S MATCH AT CORBY, BUT IT WILL RETURN FOR TUESDAY'S TRIP TO AFC TOTTON
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