Improvements give Chipping Sodbury Town reason for confidence

December 18 2019
Improvements give Chipping Sodbury Town reason for confidence

Chipping Sodbury Town 1-2 Street FC

GOING into their fixture against Street FC, Sodbury knew that avoiding defeat would move them off the foot of the table.

Their improving form had seen them narrowly lose to a last-minute winner to promotion-chasing Hallen, and a fine 2-1 away win at relegation-threatened Odd Down.
In blustery conditions and on a damp pitch, both sides struggled to gain a foothold during a scrappy opening 20 minutes but it was the visitors who looked the more likely to break the deadlock, with Archie Watts in the Sods goal kept the busier of the two keepers.
With 27 minutes played the Street winger Leighton Thomas headed home from close range to give his side the lead. Just two minutes later, Thomas was on hand again when Sodbury failed to clear, and he kept his cool in a crowded penalty area to fire home his and Street’s second.
The home side responded positively and within five minutes had reduced the deficit, when Dan Brown reacted first to a ball that the Street keeper failed to hold following a shot from just inside his area.
Street looked to extend their lead early in the second half however they were thwarted by Watts, who made several outstanding saves. As the half progressed, both sides struggled to create any clear openings but it was Sodbury who looked the more likely, as they pressed for an equaliser.
The narrow margin of defeat and their recent improved performances against strong opposition will give Sodbury confidence as they look to move away from the relegation positions.
Another another narrow away defeat, 4-3 to mid-table Tavistock, left the team still at the bottom but within three points of 18th-placed Bridport.

Sodbury then tasted success in a midweek Gloucestershire FA Challenge Cup match, winning a penalty shootout 4-3 against Hellenic League Division One West side Tytherington Rocks, after the tie at the Ridings ended 2-2 in normal time.

Mark Lloyd

Picture: MJR Photography