Cirencester return from St. Neots with a valuable point.
Evo Stik Southern League 2016/17
St. Neots Town 1 - 1 Cirencester Town
Cirencester arrived at St. Neots at 7.30 p.m. after a four and a half hour coach journey (delayed three times due to traffic incidents & a road closure) so the kick-off was delayed for 15 minutes but despite the lack of pre-match warm-up time they made the perfect start as they opened the scoring within 2 minutes.
MATT LIDDIARD received the ball in the left channel of the home penalty area and clipped it towards the far post. The 'keeper got his hand to it but couldn't prevent it dropping over his head and inside the far right post.
The home side responded and pressed Cirencester with Declan Rogers bringing a superb save from Raajan Gill who pushed his effort round the post.
Just after a period of Cirencester pressure the home side equalised when a cross from the left was headed inside the left post by JAMES HALL.
Three minutes later Gill produced a terrific reflex save to push a deflected drive from Rogers over his crossbar.
At the mid-point of the half debutant Dan Demkiv burst into the area to collect a Liddiard pass but his shot was blocked by the feet of Alex Archer.
The game continued at a frantic pace as the teams sought to get on top.
St. Neots left flank was prominent during the second half but Cirencester were in determined mood and produced many blocks to keep them out and countered quickly down both flanks.
In added time Cirencester nearly took the three points as Sindri Scheving crossed from the left to the penalty spot where Henry Spalding darted forward to produce a firm volley that flew over the bar - a lesser connection may have had a different result.
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