Preview: – Chippenham Town (A)

Sam Jackson in action during Saturday’s tie (Photo Credit: League Without Limits)

As Poole and Chippenham look to lock horns again in tonight’s FA Cup replay, we take a look at the history between the two sides.

The two sides were familiar foes during the 30s, 40s and 50s, frequently facing each other in the Western League.

Making for somewhat grim reading for Poole fans, early trips to Hardenhuish Park were not very fruitful – with the Bluebirds winning the first two games 5-0 and 7-1.

Dolphins have been on the receiving end of a few hidings in Wiltshire, also losing 7-0, 9-1 and 6-1 during the Western League days.

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The arrival of Tom Killick at the helm of Poole Town has paved the way for better fortunes in this fixture, with Killick boasting a winning record against the Bluebirds.

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However, away wins have still been hard to come by for Killick, who has only lead the Dolphins to three away victories at Hardenhuish Park.

The last time the sides faced in the league, Poole did the double over Chippenham – winning 1-0 away, and 2-0 at home in the National South.

Poole have twice been dumped out of the FA Cup at the 2nd Qualifying round by Chippenham – penalties separated the two sides last season, but the Bluebirds pulled off a major cupset whilst a Southern League side in 2016-17.

The Bluebirds went on to win the Southern Premier League that season, and proved their ability to compete in the league above when they dominated National South Poole in a 4-1 win.

Dolphins have beaten Chippenham in the FA Cup before – a comfortable 4-0 win in the 1st Qualifying round way back in 1970-71, but the Bluebirds knocked them out at that stage in 1986-87, with a 3-1 win at Hardenhuish Park.

Under Killick, Poole have visited Chippenham’s corner of Wiltshire in four different competitions – firstly in the FA Trophy, when lower league Poole held Chippeham to a draw at Tatnam, before falling to a defeat in the replay away.

Out of Poole’s current squad, Jack Dickson, Will Spetch and Tony Lee have all scored at Hardenhuish Park – Dickson way back in 2014, Spetch and Lee in last year’s cup tie.

Dolphins legend Steve Devlin loved a game against the Bluebirds, scoring seven times in his matchups with the Wiltshire outfit.

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