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Chandler’s double ensures Slimbridge are a Street ahead of rivals

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 13, 2014

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SLIMBRIDGE returned to winning ways in the Toolstation Western League with a comprehensive victory at fourth-placed Street at the Tannery Ground.

First-half goals from Danny Chandler, who bagged a brace, and Jamie Martin put the Swans in control and Street could only manage a solitary consolation goal.

Slimbridge took the lead on eight minutes with a clinical counter-attack. Jack Twyman and Dean Turner combined with Jamie Martin to set up Chandler to sweep the Swans into the lead.

Street worked up a head of steam in an attempt to draw level, but the Swans defence held firm and the visitors maintained a lively threat on the break.

Liam Harding headed wide and Chandler blazed high and wide while Dale Hunt went close to levelling the scores for the hosts.

Nine minutes before the break, Slimbridge struck again from a carbon copy counter attack with Twyman and Martin once again combining to set-up Chandler to score.

And three minutes later they put the game beyond their hosts with a third as Martin took advantage of a poor backpass to dink past Nathan Whatley in the Street goal.

Slimbridge could have notched a fourth goal within 17 seconds of the restart, when Turner charged down a clearance, and the ball fell to Martin. His cross found Chandler but his header was saved.

Dale Evans produced a number of fine saves to keep Street out at the start of the second period, but he was helpless to prevent Craig Herrod from pulling a goal back.

Street did their best to get back into the game, but Evans and the defence held firm and when Bradley Middleton saw a red card after bringing down Slimbridge’s Dylan Ford their challenge faded.

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