RICHARDS RIFLES IN A LAST-GASP STUNNER

The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH - By Colin Payne

CHELMS­FORD’S trip to Chippenham ended with a twist in the tale, as the Clarets were beaten by a last minute win­ner mo­ments af­ter get­ting back on level terms.

Town took the lead on 27 min­utes, thanks in part to a mis­take by vis­it­ing keeper Sa­muel Beas­ant, who grasped the air when com­ing to catch a long throw-in, with the ball fall­ing to David Pratt who opened the scor­ing.

Beas­ant then had no chance when Scott Twine ri­fled the ball home on 42 min­utes to double the home team’s tally.

And the Blue­birds al­most had an­other on the stroke of half-time, but this time Beas­ant de­nied Will Richards.

The sec­ond pe­riod saw Town’s Andy San­dell and Twine off target as the hosts looked to ex­tend their lead, be­fore a du­bi­ous penalty de­ci­sion went Chelms­ford’s way on 56 min­utes.

Jared Thomp­son saved Chris Dick­son’s spot kick, only for Michael Spil­lane to score from the re­bound.

The Clarets searched for an equaliser, with Dick­son and Spil­lane com­ing close, be­fore they fi­nally lev­elled through Chris­tian As­som­ba­longa with two min­utes re­main­ing.

But the vis­i­tors’ ela­tion turned to de­s­pair as Will Richards snatched a 90th minute win­ner. STAR MAN: Will Richards (Chippenham Town) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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