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Griffin pleased to see forward off the mark in front of goal

Report by Jon Palmer at the Gloucester Echo

After scoring his first competitive goal for Cirencester Town, striker Ben Whitehead has received glowing praise from manager Charlie Griffin, writes Johnny Morton.

Whitehead scored five goals in a 8-2 destruction of Fairford Town during pre-season, and Griffin is delighted with how the former Didcot forward has started life with his new club.

"Ben had a great pre-season scoring goals, which you always want your striker to do," said Griffin. He has hit the ground running in his second game, and has looked lively, sharp and has worked well. Getting that goal is good for him because when you go to a new club, you always want to get off the mark and you try too hard and it doesn't come. Like I said to him, it will come and he's worked hard and got his reward in the end. Hopefully now he goes on and starts scoring a few more."

Cirencester recorded their first Division One West win with a 3-1 victory over local rivals Slimbridge on Wednesday night, and Griffin was pleased with the response his side showed from an opening day defeat to Taunton Town.

"There is a lot that happened on Saturday with playing the game, and I think the other night at Slimbridge it was a local derby and they know what you expect from them," he added. We know we can play a lot better than that, but the pleasing thing is we have a win on the board after two games. It was pleasing to come away with a 3-1 win."

Griffin's side now turn their attention towards a preliminary qualifying round FA Cup clash at Aylesbury, who play in Division One East of the Southern League.

The former Newport County striker watched on from the stands as Saturday's opposition lost 2-1 to Cambridge City on Tuesday evening, but is still expecting a tough game.

"It was a positive win the other night and it gives us a lot of confidence going into the FA Cup," he said. "This year it is a lot earlier. Normally in the FA Cup there are two or three rounds played and then we come into it. We definitely come into the game with a lot of confidence after an away win. We went down to watch them on Tuesday night, so we have done our homework. It's going to be a tough game and a typical FA Cup game."

Ellis Dunton is a major doubt for the game after sustaining a head injury on Wednesday night, while Jack Horrell also remains sidelined.

Felipe Barcelos returns to the squad for the trip to Buckinghamshire.

This entry was posted on 18 August 2017 at 14:10 and is filed under First Team | Miscellaneous. You can leave a response here.

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