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FA TROPHY: Bluebirds ease past Chertsey
6:00am Monday 21st October 2013 in Sport
CHIPPENHAM boss Steve Winter was left contented after the Bluebirds secured a 3-0 win over Chertsey in the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy.
An own goal from Curfews skipper Ryan Blake and further efforts from Tom Knighton and Lee Phillips wrapped up victory over the Division One Central strugglers.
Winter said: “We played really well - at times.
“There were some very patchy bits, which is a bit alarming, but we’re getting better at cutting them out.
“I think we got dragged down to their level and took our foot off the gas at times.
“But I think the boys played really well in the first half and three goals and a clean sheet, I'm happy with that.”
After piling on plenty of pressure early on, Chippenham took the lead when Joe McClennan’s cross took a wicked deflection off Blake and looped over the head of keeper Gary Aulsberry.
Midway through the second half, the hosts gave themselves breathing space. Knighton and McClennan combined to set Phillips free and the striker's shot across Aulsberry was tapped in at the far post by Knighton.
Tom O’Regan hit the post in a rare chance for Chertsey before Phillips nodded in James Guthrie’s free kick in the dying seconds.
Meanwhile, Chippenham have completed the signing of ex-Frome midfielder Darren Jefferies.
The 19-year-old, who came through Bristol Rovers’ academy, had been playing abroad in Sweden since April.
In other transfer activity, young striker Isaac Reid has departed Hardenhuish Park for Clevedon.
Elsewhere, Cirencester’s week of misery in FA competitions was completed as they were dumped out of the FA Trophy.
Brian Hughes' men, who were eliminated from the FA Cup by Weymouth nine days ago, were defeated 3-2 at Egham on Saturday.
The Division One Central side took the lead in the third minute when Shane Graham directed Josh Andrews’ cross into the net with a bullet header.
The advantage was increased when Chris Holland’s under-hit back-pass was seized on by Louis Chandler-Joseph and he shot beyond keeper Glyn Garner.
Chandler-Joseph then hit the post before the in-form Lee Smith pulled one back from a narrow angle.
Hesitation in the Ciren defence allowed Ryan O’Toole to restore the two-goal cushion with a thunderbolt strike, before Smith lobbed over stopper Gary Ross for a fourth goal inside 14 minutes.
Both defences were far less generous in the second period and Egham held on for victory as proceedings fizzled out.