TT Match Preview – Chippenham Town by Nathan Green

“The yellow army are more than welcome to pop in for a pre-match pint and chat”

TorquayTalk grabbed a word with Chippenham Town youth coach Nathan Green, as we approach the Good Friday game at Hardenhuish Park:

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Hi Nathan thanks for talking to us, before we go on tell us a bit about yourself and how long have you supported The Bluebirds?

Hey guys, no worries whatsoever, glad to be of assistance. So I’m 20 years old, followed Chippenham most of my life, but religiously in the last 3 or so years, following them home and away where I can. I also coach two of the Chippenham Town Youth sides, the Under 8’s and the Under 15’s, so I really am Chippenham through and through nowadays! My little brother is also becoming a huge fan, which is nice to see at such a young age!

You sit comfortably in mid-table, how would you rate your season and has it matched your (and the clubs) expectations?

Our season has been good to be honest, I don’t think anyone expects anymore than mid-table with this only being our 2nd season at this level. We’ve pulled off some big results this year too, almost reaching the FA Cup, and of course beating you guys at Plainmoor back in September! So on the whole, it’s been a good season – solid is the word I’d probably use.

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How’s your recent form been heading into this Friday’s match v TUFC?

Until last weekends 1-0 win at Dartford, we went on a winless run of 6. Fingers crossed last week’s result sparks some life into us this weekend, we tend to give big teams a good game when they come to Hardenhuish!

What have been your highlights and lowlights from the season?

So many to pick from highlights-wise, almost reaching the FA Cup 1st round proper, winning 1-0 at Torquay, big away wins against play-off chasing teams like Billericay. Lowlights would be games like losing 5-0 at Bath, and losing at home to Weston-super-Mare earlier in the season. Games we could and probably should be getting results from, snatched from right in front of us.

Who is your gaffer and what sort of tactics does he employ?

Our manager is Mark Collier, and he is easily one of the nicest people in football. He always put the fans first, and often takes time out to thank us for all we do, and help us out with anything we need. Tactics-wise, we like to get the ball wide, putting balls into the box and cause problems from there.

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Which Town players should we look out for and why?

At the back, Kieran Parselle and Will Richards have barely put a foot wrong all season. Going forward, Josh Smile knows how to cause problems, and Nat Jarvis loves scoring – I believe he’s in the league’s top 6 or 7 scorers, and is having a fantastic season!

Who owns the club and are they ambitious for the future?

So Neil Blackmore is our chairman, and I think he’s as ambitious as any chairman out there. He wants the best for the club, the players, and the fans alike. We’re looking at improving our stadium capacity, with the aim to play at a higher level at some point; but until then, I think we’re more than happy in the Conference South!

What’s Hardenhuish Park like and what sort of crowds do you normally get through the turnstiles?

Hardenhuish Park is your standard non-league stadium I’d say. Seated area, bar, passionate fans, and friendly volunteers. It has a capacity of 3000, but our average gate is 500-600, or more when the away side bring a few (like you guys on Friday).

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Where’s best for the Yellow Army to get pre-match food and drinks?

We’re quite a distance from anywhere really; if Torquay fans head into the town centre, not far from the train station is a pub called the Brunel, or 5 minutes from that there is a Wetherspoons. Slightly closer to the ground (around 10 minutes) is a pub called the Kingfisher, which can be found on Hungerdown Lane, not far from Hardenhuish park! Many of us Chippenham fans will be in Wetherspoons, the yellow army are more than welcome to pop in for a pre-match pint and chat!

The TUFC supporters will be out in force to celebrate the league title, what’s your score prediction for Good Friday? 

Firstly, congratulations on the league title, I don’t think it was ever in doubt after Johnson came in, and it is fully deserved. Score prediction – I’m going with 2-2. We’re hoping for a celebration hangover from your boys, and we’ll sneak a couple of goals. Looking forward to it! Cheers Nathan it should be a fun atmosphere on Friday, here’s hoping for an entertaining game for the supporters. Dom

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