THE Christmas period proved to be a very happy one for Calne Town as they recorded back-to-back 3-0 victories over fellow Wiltshire opposition in the Toolstation League First Division.

An away derby success over Chippenham Park on Boxing Day followed hot on the heels of a home win over Warminster Town and pushed Calne to within touching distance of the teams in the top half of the table.

Matt Hudson’s goal on the stroke of half-time gave Calne the lead at Hardenhuish Park, with substitutes Billy Gleed and Stuart Windsor making sure of the points in the final quarter of the contest.

All of the goals that sank Warminster arrived after the break, with Jamal Chevolleau, Windsor and Joshua Hard all on target.

Boss Ben Redford said: “To win both matches was spot-on. We haven’t had too many clean sheets this season either.

“Chippenham Park beat us last year, before I came to the club. All of the players know each other so it was good to get our own back and move above them in the table.

“Things didn’t really go to plan at the start of the season but big wins like the last two keep everybody happy. The team spirit now is as good as it’s ever been at Calne.”

Redford hopes his side can make it three wins on the bounce when they visit bottom side Portishead Town on Saturday. Brothers Rich and Matt Hudson are likely to miss out through thigh and ankle injuries respectively, while Gleed suffered knock in the Boxing Day win.

Chippenham Park were also beaten 2-1 at Devizes Town on Saturday. Jay Walters and Jack Hopper struck for Devizes, who went on to triumph 1-0 at Corsham Town on Boxing Day thanks to Matt Russell’s header from a set-piece.

Devizes could climb into the top six if they make it four wins on the trot in Saturday’s home game with Almondsbury, while Chippenham Park play host to Wincanton Town.

Robbie Tripp’s header proved no more than a consolation for Corsham on Saturday as they went down 3-1 to Oldland Abbotonians at Southbank. They will look to avoid a fifth straight defeat away to Ashton & Backwell on Saturday.

Malmesbury Victoria suffered a 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Westbury United on Saturday before their Boxing Day fixture at Bristol Telephones was postponed. Kevin Bridgeman’s team visit Chard Town on Saturday.