The National League resumed on Saturday as usual , while the outbreak of Coronavirus affected all top leagues around the world including the top flight divisions in England.
Hardenuish Park was the setting for this clash between two in form teams : Wealdstone and Chippenham Town . Wealdstone came into this game top of the National League South and Chippenham Town came into his fixture with 5 wins out of their last 6 games . The two sides both in exceptional form coming to this Saturday afternoon clash.
Both teams had to settle for a point at Hardenuish Park as they tried to get the 3 points but couldn’t press for the winner with the game ending 1-1 .
Wealdstone started of the better side in the first 10 min as Micheal Phillips squandered a golden opportunity , which just hit over the bar in the 5th minute.
Luck struck first for the home side who were to draw first blood and take the lead in the 15th minute. Chippenham’s top marksman Scott Twine cooly placed a shot in at back post as he was left unmarked from Alex Bray’s cross.
Chippenham Town continued to dominate and press for a 2nd goal as they ran rings around Wealdstone for the majority of the first half. As a Chippenham’s Luke Haines cross into Alex Bray was volleyed wide.
The big chance of the first half for Chippenham Town came in the 33rd minute as a poor back pass from Ryan Sellers allowed Chris Zebrowski through on goal with the keeper but Wealdstone’s skipper Jerome Okimo raced to time a great interception on the Chippenham centre forward .
Wealdstone’s Billy Clifford hit the post just before the interval and Moses Emmanuel has effort on goal was blocked as Wealdstone entered the second half a goal down .
Dean Brennan’s Stones came out of a different side in the second half as Michele Efete struck the post on the 51st minute .
Michele Efete luck struck this time as he glided his way through the defence for an equalised for Wealdstone on the 52nd minute . That goal win insured he scored 7th of the season .
Wealdstone gained momentum from that equaliser as they pushed for a 2nd goal as Watt’s effort was taken off the line by Chippenham’s Rhys Tyler .
Wealdstone dominated the second half as they continued to pressure the hosts as on the hour mark Wealdstone’s Moses Emmanuel managed to find the back of the net from a resulting set piece but was unfortunately ruled out for offside .
The biggest chances arrived to Chippenham in the last 10 minutes of the game as their own Kieran Parselle somehow missed from six yards which would’ve seen Chippenham take home the 3 points .
Although , Wealdstone withstood the late pressure from Chippenham Town , they couldn’t break down the Wealdstone defence as they held on to a 1-1 draw.
Wealdstone now remain 3 points adrift of 2nd placed Havant & Waterlooville. While Chippenham Town stay in a mid table position of 12th.
Dean Brennan’s post match interview regarding the Chippenham Town away game is available below to listen and watch.
Wealdstone: Jonathan North, Rhys Tyler, Joe Payne, Connor Stevens, Jerome Okimo, Glen Wilson (Fumnaya Shomoton 53), Simon Mensah (Jeffrey Monakana), Godfrey Poku, Bradley Bubb (Elliott Charles 53), Daniel Green, David Pratt Subs not used: Bradley Hudson-Odoi, Jake Sheppard
Chippenham: Brad House, George Rigg, Will Richards, Curtis McDonald (Mike Jones 69) Kieran Parselle, Callum Gunner, Dean Evans, Josh Smile, Karnell Chambers, Nat Jarvis, Jack Compton (Alex Ferguson 67) Subs not used: Matt Smith, Jack Sparkes, Nick McCootie