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Pragmatic Powell looks at the bigger picture


Magnanimous in defeat, Chalford boss Ben Powell has no time dwell on his side’s 1-0 defeat to Avonmouth in the GFA Senior Amateur Cup final.

Jack Williams’ first half goal was enough to give the  Bristol & Suburban League Premier Division title-chaser victory and inflict Chalford’s first defeat in a year.

“That’s the best outfit we’ve played this season and we pushed them all the way,” admitted Powell.

“We didn’t settle brilliantly into the game and they definitely had the better of the the first half and if Adam (Thomas) hadn’t  made two great saves, we could have been 3-0 down at half-time.”

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Chalford boss Ben Powell Pic: Brian Rossiter

Powell felt his side improved after the break at GFA headquarters:  “We made changes at the break and changed shape and made it a proper cup tie, but we couldn’t get the ball over the line. Jonny Davis had one cleared off the line, Jack Hughes and Andy Maryon have gone close and their keeper has pulled off two fantastic saves, but we couldn’t get that vital goal we needed.”

With no time to draw a breath, Powell’s side are back in action tomorrow, Thursday when Smith Barometrics visit.

Powell added: “We don’t have time to dwell –  straight back to it at home to Smiths tomorrow night.

“I’m going to freshen the team up on Thursday with some fresh legs and we will do the same on Saturday at Stonehouse.”

With eight games to go, Powell’s side require a minimum of five wins from their remaining seven games to secure the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Division One title.

However, Powell is remaining grounded as the league leaders close in on the title: “We’ve no targets and will be taking  just one game at a time and see where we end up.”

Chalford: A Thomas, Fawcett, Lock, Benneyworth, Barstow, Davis, Roberts, Keylock, Harry, Hughes, Buckland

Subs: Underwood, Maryon, Brunsdon

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