CHIPPENHAM Town ended a six-game winless run in National League South to record a 1-0 victory away at Dartford.

AJ George grabbed the vital goal with 13 minutes to go to release some of the pressure that had been building on the Bluebirds and secure their first win in nearly two months.

In front of a crowd of 1,014, Chippenham produced a superb defensive display to limit their hosts to very few clear-cut chances and leave themselves with a chance to steal the points late on.

Manager Mark Collier admitted that the game plan was to ‘bore’ their hosts and try to nick a goal in the second period, when the experienced coach sure the game would open up in Chippenham’s favour.

Collier said: “We’re pleased with that win. We’ve had a bit of stick and we’ve been in some unfortunate form.

“It’s well documented with the amount of injuries we’ve had to key players, so to come to one of the play-off contenders – a big non-league club – in front of a decent crowd and get a 1-0 victory is pleasing.

“We set up to try and be as boring as we could and get lots of people behind the ball. I thought the game would change in the second half, and that’s the way it worked out.

“We didn't created too much, but it was a typical, very good away performance and a big three points.”

A third clean sheet in eight games laid the foundations for the Bluebirds to emerge victorious and Collier revealed his team’s confidence had swelled after reaching the break level.

The Chippenham boss is now confident of upsetting champions Torquay United when they visit Hardenhuish Park on Good Friday.

Collier said: “I said to the players at half-time: 'Keep a clean sheet and we’ll win this game'.

“We definitely had a goal in us, we had some pace on the bench.

“AJ George and Karnell Chambers came on and were a threat in behind with their pace.

“We defended manfully. We came under a lot of pressure and Dartford didn't create too many chances.

“They put lots of balls into the box, but the back-three of Kieran Parselle, Greg Tindle and Harry Rutty were outstanding.

“The two full-backs got up and down the pitch when we needed them to. The game plan worked, and we can look forward to the fixture against Torquay now.”