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Ellis Chapman “absolutely loved” his Cheltenham Town debut in 3-1 win over South Shields

Ellis Chapman made his full debut with an assist in Cheltenham Town’s 3-1 victory over South Shields in the 1st Round of the FA Cup last Saturday.

Chapman, a midfielder, was instrumental to the result, using his excellent passing skills and good tactical intelligence and enjoyed playing a full 90 minutes at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Having joined the club from Lincoln City, Chapman is enjoying playing again and will remain a key cog in Michael Duff’s team.

“I absolutely loved it,” Chapman said after the game.

“It’s my first competitive night in about eight or nine months so I thoroughly enjoyed it and it was good to get the win.

The 19-year-old spent the whole game pulling the strings and putting the ball in positions for others to attack from.

“That’s the kind of player I am.” he said.

“If I could show you the type of player I am it would be that I like to get on the ball and make those killer passes. Couldn’t have asked for anything else in the game.


“I’ve got to give my praise to the gaffer for trusting me and throwing me in. We’ve got a great set of lads here who are all great players and we knew it was going to be a difficult game and I knew I had to bring my A-game. I was delighted to get the 90 minutes.”

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Cheltenham Town is a club that is building and wanting more success. It is an exciting side and something that attracted Chapman to make the move to the Cotswolds.

“The philosophy brought me in the most,” he said.

“We like to play good football and we’ve got great aims for the end of the season. I spoke to the gaffer a few times and we managed to get a deal done.

“Luckily I did have a few teams interested. It was about picking and choosing and making the right decision but I know for a fact that I’ve definitely made the right decision and I just want to do great things with this club.”

Cheltenham Town are back in action at home tomorrow evening as they welcome Norwich under-21s for the EFL Trophy and hope that Chapman is setting up goal-scoring opportunities again.

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