Tarleton Corinthians 4
Chipping FC 0
Chipping failed to carry their momentum from a big cup win into Saturday’s fixture away at table toppers Tarelton Corinthians.
Chipping made several changes and even had to field third- choice goalkeeper Platt with both Rosinski and Mattingly sidelined through injury.
Tarleton came flying out of the blocks and ruled the possession. Chipping were creating chances when they could and looked to be holding their own against a strong Tarelton outfit.
Wilkinson and Johnson stayed strong in the middle and striker Ross caught a vicious elbow in the box, but he dusted himself down and continued with minimal fuss.
Keeper Platt was forced into a couple of great saves to deny the home side an opening goal, but it did come on the 30 minute mark and Tarleton were allowed to nick another just before half time.
Chipping tried to mount a comeback and pressed high up the field.
Pearson bullied his way past his fullback on several occasions but could not create the opening Chipping needed.
Ross saw his headed effort sail inches over the bar and the best chance of the day for the Greens fell to Johnson who went one on one with the goalkeeper but had his drilled shot saved by the goalkeeper’s outstretched leg.
Ross left the field shortly after, replaced by Slater who failed to make as big of an impact from the bench as anticipated.
It was the pressure Chipping applied which ended up as their downfall. Piling men forward in desperation to get the one goal they needed to get back into the game, they were hit on the break and fell an unrecoverable three behind.
Tarelton hit once more just before the final whistle to really end the game as a contest. Ireland introduced Coates to replace the tiring Helm at fullback.
Despite the flattering score line Chipping gave a good account of themselves against the league leaders.