GUTHRIE’S FREE-KICK DE­LIV­ERS THE POINTS

CHIP­PEN­HAM TOWN 1 GLOUCES­TER CITY 0

The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH - By Will Hul­bert STAR MAN: Ge­orge Rigg (Chip­pen­ham) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

UN­TIL the fi­nal quar­ter of an hour, this match looked des­tined to be Chip­pen­ham’s first draw of the sea­son.

The first half saw very few clear-cut chances with Cur­tis McDon­ald head­ing wide for the home side whilst on loan West Bromwich Al­bion keeper Brad House had to be alert to dive on Glouces­ter’s Ben Sey­mour’s deft touch.

The sec­ond half saw the Tigers con­tent to sit back and look to hit Chip­pen­ham on the break.

The fi­nal quar­ter of an hour saw Chip­pen­ham up the tempo with right back Ge­orge Rigg sup­ply­ing some telling crosses. Nat Jarvis’s shot de­flected off a de­fender to Yates, whilst sub­sti­tute Nick McCootie fired over the bar. Jarvis was then off tar­get whilst Parker hit the side net­ting.

The de­ci­sive goal came six min­utes from time when McCootie was fouled on the edge of the area and with specialist free-kick taker Jack Compton al­ready sub­sti­tuted it fell to James Guthrie to bend a low shot around the Glouces­ter wall and into Yates’s far cor­ner.

Glouces­ter had a late chance to equalise when Joe Hanks’ free kick bob­bled around the area but Noah Smer­don’s headed ef­fort went just wide. In the fi­nal minute McCootie burst through but his an­gled shot went be­yond the far post.

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