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MATCH PREVIEW | THE BLUEBIRDS

Return To League Action

Wanderers return to league action this Saturday after a three week respite; an initial ten day break after the defeat to Slough Town proceeding last week's cup double bill. Further to defeating Horley Town 3-2 in the Surrey Senior Cup 1st Round, Wanderers then made progress in the FA Trophy, winning 0-2 on the road at a windy Worthing last weekend. Man of the match Alfie Rutherford netted a brace to secure the victory, including a pearler of an opener, setting up an exciting tie with Southend United in the next round after the draw was made on Monday.

Despite the recent break's between games, Marc White's squad remain in a patched up state heading into the weekend, the manager confirming that Callum Kennedy and David Ray will be ruled out after picking up injuries during last weekend's contest in the first half, and that Jimmy Muitt and Bobby-Joe Taylor will also be unavailable.

On a positive note, recent signings Darren Oldaker and Jordan Cheadle look set to be included in the matchday squad for this Saturday's game, defender Cheadle joining the club just a couple of days ago on a dual-registration basis from Carshalton Athletic. We look forward to the duo hopefully making their debuts for Wanderers this weekend.

The past week has also seen a couple of Wanderers players head out on loan. With Marc White confirming that opportunities up top may become potentially more limited in the coming weeks, Callum Kealy will be returning to his former club Worthing on a two-month loan deal. And after completing a half-season stint at Chipstead, youngster Ollie Allen is now going to head to Kingstonian on loan. We wish both players all the best at their respective clubs for the upcoming period.

Prior to the defeat suffered at Slough Town three weeks ago, Wanderers had been on a five game unbeaten streak in the league. With the table still very congested at this stage and few points separating the top and bottom end, hopefully tomorrow can mark the start of a new run following the recent break and hit the ground the running heading into the usual busy winter period. Backed by another coach full of travelling support, we look forward to the return to league action this weekend.

The Bluebirds After a strong start to the season, with just one defeat up until late September, Chippenham have since endured a mixed run of form, currently sitting just below mid table in the still very tight league table. Home form has been a struggle for 'The Bluebirds' this campaign with just a couple of wins in the league so far, and also disappointing exit’s in the cup competitions to Uxbridge and Hastings United. The club have fared better on the road, with battling draws at Dartford, Eastbourne and Hampton & Richmond Borough, plus an emphatic 0-3 win over Concord Rangers.

Manager Mike Cook has used the local loan market to bolster his squad, bringing in a number of player's from League Two sides. Defender Callum Rowe arrived from Exeter and has been a main-stay in defence, midfield duo Zain Walker and Cameron Hargreaves have come in from Bristol Rovers, and more recently striker Ricky Aguiar arrived from Swindon Town, making a quick impact and becoming the top scorer in all competitions with 4 goals.

#Throwback

After not meeting at all last season with the early curtailment, it's approaching two years since the side's last met at Hardenhuish Park. In late December 2019 Wanderers ran out 0-2 winners, an Ed Harris first half header and Tom Richards second half strike were enough to take maximum points, on an afternoon where Jason Prior missed a penalty not long before the second goal.

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