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Another Good Work Out For The First Team At Highworth

Adi put out a strong starting line-up for our match away at Highworth last night.

Tom King was again in goal behind a back four of Dan Thompson at right back, Kes Metitiri and Andy Minturn as centre backs and latest trialist, Ben Pugh from Shortwood United, at left back. In midfield Nathan Haisley and Andrew Chapman were in the centre with Luke Clennell on the right and Steve Davies on the left. Up front, we started with Jules Alsop and Adam Heath who had made a good impression in the second half at Hungerford.

Highworth had four former Centurions intheir line-up in Dan Hilder at left back, Mark Jordan and Mark Belcher in the centre of midfield and Dan Wallington who started on the right and later moved into the centre.

In a fairly even first half, Ciren had a few chances but it was Highworth who took the lead when on 28 minutes they hit a long ball into our penalty area. Andy Minturn, under pressure from one of their forwards tried to shield the ball but tripped leaving the Highworth forward the simple task of placing the ball past Tom King.

At half-time, the score was 1-0 to Highworth.

At the start of the second half, Gary Thorne came on for Minturn, Harry Etheridge came on for Steve Davies, who had had a somewhat subdued first half, after impressing on Saturday.Sean Bailey came on for Luke Clennell, and Matt Williams came on for Adam Heath. Etheridge went into the middle and Andrew Chapman moved to the left.

These changes seemed to give us more solidity at the back and more invention in midfield, and over the next 20 minutes or so we had our best spell of the match. Matt Willams, in particular, showed up well, linking up with the midifeld and having several shots from long range unfortunately all off target.

On 55 minutes, Rob Dean came on for Andrew Chapman and played on the right of midfield with Sean Bailey moving to the left. A few minutes later Steve Robertson who is still recovering from a hip problem came on for Jules Alsop. Nathan came close to scoring when his shot hit the left hand post from a cross by Thompson and then Robertson placed a good shot from the left just past the far post.

Highworth finished the match strongly with Dan Hilder making some good breaks down the left and crossing dangerously, and Dan Wallington was also impressive in the centre of their midfield.

The match finished with the score remaining 1-0 to Highworth. Ben Pugh, at left back, had a promising first outing and his long throw ins could be a particularly useful weapon.




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