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Bluebirds boss says sorry after defeat
6:00am Monday 7th October 2013 in Sport
CHIPPENHAM boss Steve Winter apologised to the travelling fans after the Bluebirds were thumped 4-1 at Burnham in the Southern Premier.
First-half goals from Marc Charles-Smith and John Gray and a brace from James Dobson - a penalty and a free kick - put the hosts well in control at the break.
Substitute Luke Murden pulled one back soon after the resumption but that was how it stayed until the final whistle.
“All I can do is apologise to the travelling supporters because there's just no excuse for that,” said Winter.
“We're just so inconsistent - one day we're brilliant and the next day we're terrible.
“We came out well in the second half but we were 4-0 down and had nothing to lose.”
The Bluebirds travel to Bideford in the league tomorrow and Winter has backed his men to bounce back.
“The way the season's gone, it wouldn't surprise me if we got something,” he said.
“I feel confident that we can go there and get something, just like I was on Saturday.
“Because they're a good side, all of our players will be mentally strong for it but they need to be like that week in, week out.”
In transfer developments, Chippenham striker Isaac Reid has joined Division One South & West outfit Clevedon on loan.
Cirencester will replay their FA Trophy preliminary round tie with Didcot on Tuesday after drawing 1-1 at the Loop Meadow.
Brian Hughes’ men had the worst possible start to proceedings as they conceded within two minutes.
Taylor Janes drove a corner towards the near post and the unmarked Lance Williams thundered home a header inside the right upright.
That was the way the scoreline stayed until 14 minutes from time, when the Centurions bagged a deserved equaliser.
Brad Hooper played into the path on Aidan Bennett, who motored down the right wing before drilling low across the box for Steve Davies to bundle home from close range.
The result gave midfielder Sean Wood a winning start following his return to the Corinium from Hungerford.