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SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Purnell hits the spot as Chippenham win away
6:00am Wednesday 4th September 2013 in Sport
A LATE penalty from Harley Purnell proved the difference as Chippenham claimed a hard fought 1-0 victory away at Stourbridge last night.
Both sides played their part in an entertaining contest in the West Midlands and both had chances to win the game before Purnell stepped up to slot home past Glassboys keeper Dean Coleman in the 82nd minute.
As well as having to defend for their lives in the closing minutes, the Bluebirds almost added a second as time ticked down, but Shane Blackmore could only send his free header wide of the post.
Visiting keeper Ben John put in a superb display to keep his side in it throughout the evening and was required to be at his best in stoppage time as Will Richards had an effort the keeper was able to hold on to.
Meanwhile, utility man Toby Osman refused to play for Chippenham last night as he inched closer to a move to Division One South & West outfit Bridgwater.
The 23-year-old has been the subject of a seven-day approach from the Somerset club, managed by former Bluebirds number two Richard Fey.
Chippenham chairman Neil Blackmore said: “Having spoken to Toby at length about his situation, he is adamant that he has no complaints about the team, manager or setup at Chippenham, apart from being dropped to the bench for last Saturday’s game (against Totton).
“His reasons for wanting to leave are that he has a number of friends playing at Bridgwater and he wanted a new challenge."
Osman joined from Eastleigh in March 2011 and has featured as a striker, winger, central midfielder and full-back during his two-and-a-half year spell at Hardenhuish Park.
The Bluebirds have also made a seven-day approach for 21-year-old Clevedon defender Sam Teale, while former Swindon Town youngster Luke Murden is nearing a return to training after picking up an ankle injury in pre-season.
Meanwhile, the Advertiser understands that as expected, former Supermarine boss Mark Collier has submitted his CV to Chippenham with a view to becoming the club's permanent manager.
The Bluebirds have received around 15 applications since Nathan Rudge's departure a fortnight ago.
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