There’s no place like home for Chipping Football Club as the team celebrate a 1-0 victory in their first match on home ground turf in over two years.
Two brand new pitches were officially opened on Saturday on the village site off Garstang Road after the completion of a long term development plan.
The team, who have been playing on a temporary home pitch in Clitheroe, were delighted to return home after their two year absence and even happier to battle to victory.
Manager Matt Eccles said: “It’s great to take charge of my first home game, and more importantly come away with 3 points. The facilities here are of a very high standard and were a big factor in me deciding to take on the role.
“The new surface will suit the style of play I’m trying to implement, and keep the club moving in the right direction.”
Chipping continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 1-0 win against Southport Trinity.
It was a big afternoon for the club after two years without a pitch to call home something that chairman of the senior section Miles Thompson described as “hard work for the teams”.
But an unchanged Chipping XI snatched the three points late on, with a header by team midfielder Joe Harrison just as it started to look like both teams would be settling with a draw.
Both Pearson and Bibby had opportunities to open the scouring but failed to make trouble for the keeper on either attempt.
Whilst they were the better side throughout the first 45 minutes the Greens usual composed passing game seemed to be eluding them and play at times was scrappy through the middle of the park.
The second half saw the opposition begin to get the foothold in the game and for the first time started to ask questions about Chippings defence.
Chipping’s skipper, Coupe, brought on Bradshaw and Johnson in a bid to snatch the win and their introduction did inject a bit of life into Chipping going forward but it was almost the away side that took the lead not long after.
The Southport striker beat the offside trap and slid the ball around Rosinski who was off his line trying to narrow the angle.
As the ball rolled agonisingly towards the far post it looked for certain he had scored and he would have done had it not been for Ollerton who raced back and expertly swept the ball right off the goal line at the very last second.
But the game seemed to be fizzling out and a draw seemed inevitable when the Greens won a corner in the 80th minute.
The ball was lofted in and Joe Harrison made the connection just outside the six yard box. He headed the ball into the ground sending it back up and over the keeper who was only inches off his line. The ball brushed his fingertips but he was unable to stop its momentum and the ball found its way into the back of the Southport net to open Harrison’s account for the season and Chippings for the afternoon.
When the final whistle went it was another three points on the board for Chipping despite looking less convincing than they had throughout their previous fixtures.
Chipping’s next fixture is away against Springfields on September 13 at 2pm in the Guild Hall Cup.