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Chipstead could get dragged into relegation fight

By Surrey Mirror  |  Posted: April 04, 2013

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CHIPSTEAD are in danger of being dragged in to the relegation scrap in the Ryman League Division One South after two defeats over the Easter weekend. The out-of-form Chips lost 1-0 to local rivals Merstham on Saturday, before falling to a 2-1 defeat at Dulwich Hamlet on Monday, despite taking the lead through Joe Nwoko.

The results have left John Hamsher's men just three points above Walton Casuals, who have dropped to the bottom of the league after Three Bridges' derby win against Crawley Down Gatwick.

And Hamsher is hoping to see an improvement from his side, who have now picked up just 11 points from a possible 39 in 2013.

The Chips boss lamented his team's below-par performance on Saturday, adding that it wasn't good enough going forward from his side.

"We didn't turn up," he said. "How can you create two chances and expect to win the game?

"We didn't pass the ball about, and didn't have anything about us."

The game was Chipstead's first action for almost a month owing to several postponements, but Hamsher was not one for making excuses. He said: "We've still trained hard and just weren't good enough."

The Chips have games in hand on the teams around them and have to play three of the four sides below them, but they face two tough tests with play-off chasing Sittingbourne and Hythe Town the visitors to High Road.

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