Tarleton Corinthians 1
After making a couple of additions to last season’s squad and working through a solid pre-season, Chipping were ready to get the new season underway against Tarleton Corinthians.
Chipping opened their 13/14 campaign at their temporary home of Edisford bridge, Clitheroe, where they will be playing home fixtures until the new year when their new state-of-the-art pitches are ready for use.
The Greens took to the field in wet and windy conditions to face the elements as well as the opposition.
Chipping started well and passed the ball about freely, squeezing forward causing problems in the early going.
This pressure was to pay off when 15 minutes in Airey collected the ball out wide and began to drive forward.
His square pass found Vinson who fired into the bottom corner beating the keeper and opening his account for the season.
Tarleton, however, hit back soon after catching Chipping napping with a long throw into the box, which took a deflection past Mattingley to level the score.
Chipping struck back just before the half when a searching cross found Harrison at the back post who despatched the ball into the net, but to his despair he was adjudged to have handled the ball and the goal was disallowed.
In the second half there was a similar occurrence when Vinson latched onto a through ball, rounded the keeper and scored only to see the flag raised for a dubious offside.
The game throughout the rest of the second half was a physical and hard-fought contest but despite Chipping’s dominant possession and superiority they failed to find the net again and the game finished 1-1.