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Wed. 6th Sept – Toolstation First Division Westbury United 0 Chippenham Park 0

This entry was posted on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 at 9:26 am.

IT WAS the game that had everything, apart from goals! The game finished Westbury nil Chippenham Park nil, but the score line does not reflect the entertainment served up on a chilly August evening.

The 152 people in attendance witnessed some entertaining end to end football that contained wonderful saves, a goal line clearance, overhead kicks, last ditch challenges, excellent individual technique, quick attacks, and thunderous shots.

Westbury started quickly with a driving run forward by Steve Hulbert, when he arrived at the edge of the box he pulled off a smart reverse pass to Mark Robinson, Robinson unleashed a shot that was well saved by Steve Allison in the Chippenham Park goal.

Fifteen minutes in Steve Hulbert was still first to everything, him and his midfield partner Hiscocks were pulling the strings and feeding the ball to Ricky Hulbert, whose hold up play was exceptional and Mark Robinson who was working hard when defending, closing the ball down and finding some smart little pockets of space when Westbury were in possession.

After 20 minutes, a quick throw was taken to Ricky Hulbert, he evaded the defender to deliver a cross, that was met acrobatically by a flying Robinson, unfortunately the volley went just wide, had it gone in it would have undoubtable been one of the best goals the Meadow Lane faithful had ever witnessed.

Jamie Jordan, not to be out done, holding off a defender who was nearly twice his size, cushioned the ball down perfectly and got his shot away. Amazing control by Jamie who was taking his turn to probe the Park defence.

On about the 70th minute a corner was delivered by Liam Milburn, the ball popped up in the area for Dan Price to take on an overhead kick; his shot was saved down to the keeper’s right, the ball fell to the feet of Steve Hulbert whose shot was smothered by the keeper, the loose ball was pounced on and safely gathered up by Steve Allison a split second before Jamie Jordan could get a foot onto it.

Attack after attack was kept out, one of Westbury’s best 90-minute performances couldn’t deliver a goal. All in all a good point to take against one of the promotion rivals, a strong Chippenham Park team that would have been well beaten if they had anyone other than Allison, having one of his best games, in-between the posts. If Westbury perform like this regularly then the goals will come and teams will be on the end of regular thumping’s at Meadow Lane.

Westbury Star Man-Ricky Hulbert.