BOXING DAY LIVE: Chippenham Town 3 Frome Town 3
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- FULL-TIME: Chippenham Town 3 Frome Town 3
- Ben Wood's last-gasp equaliser hands new Frome boss Adrian Foster a point at Chippenham Town.
- The Bluebirds recovered from 1-0 down to lead 3-1 before being pegged back
- Dan Barnes reports from Hardenhuish Park
Thank you for joining us on Boxing Day.
Don't forget to check gazetteandherald.co.uk/sport and wiltshiretimes.co.uk/sport later for reaction from today's 3-3 draw at Hardenhuish Park.
Devizes Town have won 3-1 at Calne Town whilst in the Hellenic League, Wootton Bassett Town conceded a late equaliser as they were held to a 2-2 draw at Newbury Town.
Elsewhere, Warminster Town have claimed the derby spoils with a 2-0 win over Westbury United in the Toolstation League First Divison.
Jack Miluk and Louis Sparey got the goals for Derek Graham and Andy Crabtree's men.
@gazsport throwing away a two goal lead at home is appalling. I'm behind the management but we are still relegation contenders.— @GeorgeAlty 26 December 2013
So it ends 3-3 at Hardenhuish Park. The Bluebirds players look dejected as they trudge back in whilst it will feel like a win for new Frome boss Adrian Foster after that dramatic late equaliser.
Some great goals went in today and it ends honours even on Boxing Day
Goal: @NewburyTownFC 2 - 2 #wbtfc - Bassett fail to defend corner and equaliser is steered in— @WBTFC 26 December 2013
F-T #Calne Town 1-3 Devizes Town @gazsport— @danjohnson_stfc 26 December 2013
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That goal was coming as the Bluebirds struggled to deal with the late Frome pressure and it's all square on Boxing Day
And Frome get their equaliser in stoppage time! There's a scramble in the box and ball breaks to the edge of the area, where the arriving Ben Wood finds the far corner to send the away fans into raptures!
GOAL: CHIPPENHAM TOWN 3 FROME TOWN 3
The Robins are back in possession and piling on the late pressue!
But Griffin heads away with purpose!
We're into injury time and Frome have a corner...
Greg Tindle's clearance goes all the way through the Frome defence and sends Knighton running on goal. But under pressure, the striker gets his finish all wrong!
Pete Monks' free-kick is eventually deflected into the path of Griffin and the striker goes for his hat-trick with a wicked shot on the turn - but keeper Chitty is equal to it
SUBSTITUTION: Mark Collier brings on a defender for a winger as Jon Beeden replaces James Guthrie
It's Frome who are on the front foot with around eight minutes remaining. It's frantic stuff in the middle of the park as Foster's men go lookin for an equaliser
Frome break forward with purpose and Chippenham defenders are falling over themselves to get back! The ball eventually finds its way to Wood but his strike is comfortable for John
Elsewhere, Wootton Bassett Town have had their lead halved at Newbury Town - it's 2-1 to Jeff Roberts' side
That's shaken things up a bit! Frome debutant Jon Vance has a reputation as a bit of a goalscorer and the midfielder picks up the ball some 30 yards from goal before unleashing a stunning effort that dips over the despairing Ben John before finding the net.
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We've finally had an update from Melksham Town and it's good news for them as they picked up a 2-0 win against Radstock Town in the 1pm kick-off
SUBSTITUTIONS: Brandon Mundy and Matt Smith come off for Jack Metcalf and Matt Cowler
Baggridge attmepts to kick off a Frome comeback with a speculative effort but it's wild and wide from the Robins defender!
SUBSTITUTION: Macklin has picked up a knock and is replaced by Tom Knighton
0-0 here at Weymouth Street. Even Stevens so far. @TSWesternLeague #redandblack— @WarminsterTnFC 26 December 2013
GOAL! #Calne Town 1-3* #Devizes Town— @danjohnson_stfc 26 December 2013
From a free-kick, Matt Smith plays the ball out for Wood to have a strike on goal but the Frome man's strike fails to hit the target
Macklin heads down Pete Monks' cross to allow Griffin to volley goalwards - but the effort flies high and wide and the offside flag was up anyway!
Ben Wood goes for goal from a free-kick but his curling strike is wide of the mark
SUBSTITUTION: Jon Vance comes on for Aaron Ledgister for this Frome debut
Chippenham get their third and Bryan Smith deserves a lot of credit for that one. the midfielder clips a superb ball over the Frome defence to send McClennan running to the byline.
The winger cuts the ball back and Alan Griffin is there to fire home with the goal at his mercy
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Purnell puts in a free-kick from deep and Griffin is there to meet it but the striker heads down into he hands of Chitty - either side and it might well have been a goal!
Great save by Frome keeper Chitty! Guthrie lofts a corner in from the right flank and Dean heads goalwards, only to be denied by the smart reflexes of the Robins goalie!
@gazsport come on Chip' lets give it to them second half!!!— @GeorgeAlty 26 December 2013
“@gazsport: HALF-TIME: Chippenham Town 2 Frome Town 1 #bluebirdslive” come on— @Sacollier09 26 December 2013
GOAL! Calne Town *1-2 Devizes Town, Mark Dolman (48)— @danjohnson_stfc 26 December 2013
Chippenham break away and Dean plays the ball out to James Guthrie but his shot-cum-cross is easily held by Chitty
So we're back underway. Will we see Frome hit back or will Chippenham press home the advantage?
The two sides are on their way back out, with Frome emerging first
It started off as bit of a drag but we've got a proper game on now at Hardenhuish Park.
Frome began the game in complete control and punished a nervous-looking Chippenham defence by taking an early lead. The Bluebirds took a while to get going but they've turned the scoreline on its head with two well-taken goals, and they lead going in to the break.
Stick with us for live updates from the second half!
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Brandon Mundy hacks down Harley Purnell and picks up a booking for his troubles
Meanwhile, Wootton Bassett Town are 2-0 up at Newbury Town - Ryan Stanners with a brace
GOAL! Calne Town 0-2 Devizes Town @gazsport— @danjohnson_stfc 26 December 2013
There's only a few minutes til half-time but Chippenham have turned this one on its head. McClennan crosses into the box from deep and picks out midfielder Rob Dean, who loops a header over Chitty and in to the far corner to make it 2-1!
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Moments later, McClennan cuts in and goes for goal with his left foot - but the early strike trickles wide of the mark
Bryan Smith puts in a dangerous cross but Robins keeper Chitty punches clear under pressure
Josh Ford trips James Guthrie and is booked
It's route one stuff from the Bluebirds but it almost results in a goal! Ben John's kick is flicked on by McClennan, who is sent racing towards goal.
The winger bursts into the box but is just slightly off balance when he tries to hit the target, with his shot going in to the side-netting
Ledgister argues over the placement of a free-kick and is eventually booked by referee Tim Wood - bit of a silly one to pick up!
SO CLOSE to a second goal from Frome.
Aaron Ledgister's free-kick causes chaos in the Chippenham box and the ball eventually falls to skipper Josh Ford. The defender drives a shot towards the top corner but his strike flies narrowly over the crossbar!
Hulbert is fine to continue though after some treatment.
That would have been a brilliant second goal from the hosts but the score remains 1-1.
Chippenham have finally awoken from their slumber and we've got a game on. Meanwhile, Frome's Ricky Hulbert is down with a knock
OFFSIDE! Chippenham have the ball in the net again but the linesman's flag goes up!
Joe McClennan goes on a superb run from just inside his half and puts in an inch-perfect cross, which Griffin dives to head home.
But, unfortunately for the Bluebirds, the goal doesn't stand
But out of nothing, Chippenham get their equaliser. Alan Griffin battles his way past two Frome defenders - it's just sheer determination - and looks to be off balance but the striker get his shot away and the effort arrows past the despairing Darren Chitty and in to the side-netting!
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Elsewhere, Wootton Bassett Town have taken the lead at Newbury, whilst it's 1-0 to Devizes Town at Calne Town
It's been a scrappy first 20 minutes or so and it's Chippenham who are struggling the most to find any rhythm.
The Frome defence haven't really been tested at all and they'll be more than satisfied with their early lead
But Chippenham's Lloyd Macklin goes on a fantastic run, blazing past four defenders before the Robins defence recover to turn the ball behind for a corner
The Bluebirds have been subdued so far as Frome have enjoyed decent spells of possession and Foster's men are good value for their early lead.
Quite typically, we've had technical issues take their hold as soon as the game kicked off!
Anyway, it's Frome Town that have been on the front foot from the first whistle and with eleven minutes on the clock, they took the lead as Rhys Baggridge nodded down Ricky Hulbert's cross.
Striker Matt Groves was unmarked at the far post and headed in his first for the Robins, giving the visitors the perfect start!
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And we're underway on Boxing Day!
Frome will kick us off, going from right to left
A few vocal members of the Bluebirds support are trying to give this a bit of an atmosphere in the end next to the sports club
And out they come, nice and early!
The two teams are on their way into the tunnel at Chippenham
Here at Hardenhuish Park, there's just over 15 minutes til kick off. Stick with us here for live updates from today's derby clash!
Still no news on that Melksham final score. Feel free to tweet @gazsport if you know it!
So will Collier's men be pulling off a hat-trick of local derby victories this season or will Foster make the perfect start to life in charge of the Robins?
When these two sides met in August, Chippenham got one over on Frome as they ran out 5-0 winners at Badgers Hill. It was also 2-1 to the Bluebirds when the two teams met in the Red Insure Cup in October.
FROME TOWN: Darren Chitty, Ryan Elliott, Rhys Baggridge, Brandon Mundy, Josh Ford (c), Tim Stephenson, Matt Smith, Ricky Hulbert, Ben Wood, Matt Groves, Aaron Ledgister.
SUBS: Jack Metcalf, Matt Cowler, Jon Vance, Will Agbo, Jack Whitcombe.
CHIPPENHAM TOWN TEAM TO PLAY FROME TOWN: Ben John, Harley Purnell, Pete Monks, Bryan Smith, Aaron Oakley, Greg Tindle, Joe McClennan, Rob Dean, Alan Griffin (c), Lloyd Macklin, James Guthrie.
SUBS: Corey King, Tom Knighton, Callum Wright, Tyron Leigh, Jon Beeden.
Right, the teams are in for today's derby.
Bryan Smith starts against his old club for Chippenham whilst new signing Jon Vance is on the bench for Frome
So let's take a look at what's happening away from Hardenhuish Park:
Melksham Town kicked off against Radstock Town at 1pm - unfortunately, it's radio silence at the Conigre at the moment, so the latest score is a mystery!
Calne Town are due to take on Devizes Town at Bremhill View whilst there's another local derby on the cards at Weymouth Street, where Warminster Town host Westbury United.
In the Hellenic League Premier Division, Wootton Bassett Town are at Newbury.
All those clashes kick off at 3pm.
We'll bring you today's teams as soon as we get them. Stick with us here for all of the action as it happens!
Kris Miller is another recent Frome signing but he's re-joined the club with a suspension from his time at Bridgwater and is banned today
Former Gillingham Town chief Foster, who was appointed Frome boss on Monday, has already raided his old club to sign 31-year-old midfielder Jon Vance, who has Southern League experience with Bridgwater Town, Tiverton Town and Taunton Town.
Vance is in line for his Frome debut today.
Meanwhile, Frome have suffered five defeats on the spin, with their last outing seeing them humiliated 7-0 by promotion-chasers Stourbridge, but the Robins will be hoping to call on the much-fabled 'new manager effect' as Adrian Foster takes charge of his new side for the first time.
In the early team news, Harley Purnell is in the Bluebirds squad today, despite his partner being due to give birth anytime soon.
Joe McClennan is also invovled and looks like he's passed a fitness test on a bruised shin.
Meanwhile, on-loan Aaron Oakley and Jake Simpson could be in line for their debuts. Jon Beeden also returns to the Chippenham squad.
Mark Collier's Chippenham have gone five games without a win and are missing experienced duo Iain Harvey and Lee Phillips this afternoon.
Now back to matters at hand. We look set for an intriguing clash at Harenhuish Park this afternoon
There were a handful of early kick-offs, and it's full-time at Welton Rovers, where Bradford Town have dropped points in the Toolstation League First Division for only the second time this season.
Paul Shanley's men have been held to a 3-3 draw.
Corsham Town's clash with Chippenham Park and Pewsey Vale's trip to Laverstock & Ford are just two matches to have fallen foul of the wet weather.
Before we get stuck in to our main game of the day, it's worth noting that there have been a few postponements in the lower leagues already.
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Boxing Day Live will be focussing on bringing you live updates from the big west country derby in the Calor League Premier Division, as Chippenham Town take on local rivals Frome Town.
But we'll also be keeping an eye on the fortunes of our local sides in the Toolstation, Hellenic and Sydenhams League and keeping you up to date as best we can.
Good afternoon from Hardenhuish Park! Season's greetings from everyone at the Gazette & Herald and the Wiltshire Times.
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