Bluebirds win with nine in Cornwall

First published in Sport Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Chief sports writer

Chippenham Town notched only their fourth away win of the season as they saw out the game with nine men against Truro City to win 3-1 in Cornwall.

Lee Phillips’ first red card of his career and Bryan Smith’s extra time dismissal meant that the Bluebirds were hanging on at the end of the game.

Mark Collier’s side had come from one down, with goals from Phillips, Corey King and captain Alan Griffin putting the visitors in to what turned out to be an insurmountable lead before the flurry of red cards.

Phillips later apologised to his fellow Chippenham players on social networking site Twitter, saying that he was “gutted” about receiving his marching order. Phillips also praised the players for getting the win despite their numerical disadvantange tweeting: “boys were brilliant.”

The win gives the Bluebirds a bit of a push away from the relegation places, though in truth their is little chance of Mark Collier’s side getting sucked into a dogfight as they are eight points clear of AFC Totton with five games remaining.

Elsewhere in Southern League Division One South & West, Cirencester took advantage of a Bishops Cleeve side reduced to ten men after half an hour to pick up a 2-0 win.

Lee Smith got a penalty from the spot and Joe Shepherd added the second shortly after to wrap up the scoring and the points for the home side.

It was not the most memorable of wins but the three points do continue to apply pressure to the Corinium side’s title rivals Merthyr as Ciren remain five points behind the league leaders with five games to play.

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