Chippenham Manager relishing hopes of an FA Cup run

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Chippenham Manager relishing hopes of an FA Cup run
Chippenham Manager relishing hopes of an FA Cup run

CHIPPENHAM Town Manager Gary Horgan is looking forward to his sides upcoming test against Metropolitan Police FC as their FA Cup journey continues.

The Bluebirds advanced into the FA Cup Third qualifying round after defeating Sholing FC 3-0 at Hardenhuish Park on Saturday.

After bowing out of the competition early last season to lower league opposition Hastings United, Horgan was pleased with avoiding the potential ‘banana skin’ in Southern League Div One South side Sholing.

“Given what happened last year going out early, we saw Sholing as a potential banana skin so I’m glad we handled it comfortably”

“We played some nice football in the first 15/20 minutes, however I think we got slightly impatient and tried getting the ball forward a bit too quickly for my liking."

Deadlock was broken by the home side on the 36th minute through Jordan Young, when the midfielders well struck shot found the back of the net after being played through by Aaron Simpson.

“With our opener, we showed that little bit of patience I was looking in those early stages, so I was pleased with that.”

Chippenham’s lead was doubled 72 minutes in when substitute Ed Jones delivered an inviting ball into the box and found midfielder Luke Russe who tapped it in to make it 2-0.

“In the second half, we continued in that vein and the game opened up a fair bit which led to us getting our goals, overall, I would say it was a professional job well done.”

It was a home debut and first goal for Bristol Rovers loanee Harvey Greenslade, who got his sides third when he slotted it calmly past Sholing keeper Ryan Gosney to put the FA Cup tie to bed.

It was confirmed on Tuesday that Chippenham will be travelling to Met Police FC in their next FA Cup test.

With it being another lower league opposition for Horgan’s side, the Manager has admitted he expects a tough encounter.

“They got the play-offs last year and they have started well this season in their division, so we are expecting a tough test.

“If we’re not at it and not doing things properly then it can be rather easy to cause ourselves problems, so we are looking forward to it and hopefully progressing into the next round.”

Chippenham Town will travel Metropolitan Police to play the FA Cup third qualifying round on 1st October. Kick-off is 3pm.