Chipping 1 PLCC Nomads 1
Chipping FC rounded off a tough November picking up another hard earned point at home to title chasers PLCC Nomads at the weekend.
Chipping fielded a familiar looking starting XI with the only notable absence being Kucper in the middle of the park who was replaced by Holt who made his first start for the Greens since returning from an ankle injury at the start of the month.
From the moment the game kicked off it was clear PLCC were going to be no mugs as they kept Chipping in their own half for the opening period of the game. Eventually the Greens settled into the game and started to get the ball down and play in the opposition’s half.
The ball spent a lot of time in the middle of the pitch as both sides seemed to cancel each other out somewhat throughout the first half. When the half time whistle went neither goalkeeper had really been called into action and the score remained 0-0.
PLCC started the second half much the way they had the first and around 10 minutes in earned themselves a free-kick on the edge of the Chipping box after a clumsy challenge.
The player hit his shot hard at the wall which did not remain strong and allowed the ball to pass through. With his view obstructed until the last second Rosinski did well to get a hand to the ball but it was not enough to prevent the visitors opening the scoring.
Shortly after Hollis rattled the crossbar with a long range free-kick of his own, only to see the goalkeeper gather the ball off the rebound.
Green was brought on from the Chipping bench replacing Holt and soon made an impact on the game. His run into the box lured the Nomads defender into a tackle he could never win and as Green hit the floor the referee pointed to the spot. Hollis stepped up and put the ball to the keeper’s right, levelling the scoreline.
From this point in both teams continued to work hard but struggled to find a way through as both defences stood strong. Chipping manager Eccles brought on Ross and Wilkinson to try and sway the game in the Green’s favour, but despite creating one or two chances it was not to be.
The game played out and the score remained even at the final whistle. Both teams demonstrated why they are so high up the league and as has been the case the last four times these sides have met, the game ended a stalemate.
As things stand Chipping remain top of the table but have several teams hot on their heels, including Farrington Villa who make the journey to Chipping this weekend, 2pm KO.
Manager Eccles remains confident in the ability of his squad and has urged them to finish the calendar year strong, setting them up for a good start to the new year.