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Farr leading by example for young Centurions

By Jon Palmer Sports Editor at www.gloucesterlive.co.uk

Skipper Sam Farr is confident Cirencester Town Development can challenge for silverware on two fronts this season.

They defeated Tuffley Rovers 7-3 at the Corinium Stadium to reach the quarter-finals of the Bluefin Sport Supplementary Cup on Tuesday night. That result against a side from one level higher has given Farr belief they can also push for promotion from Division One West of the Hellenic League.

"Our aim is to push for top two," Farr said. "We have a fair few games in hand which I believe will put us joint second if we win them. It would have been nice to have played the games but for one reason or another the fixtures haven't fell kindly for us so we are playing catch up a bit.

"It would also be nice to get a bit of silverware in the Supplementary Cup so will be giving that a good go too."

Centre-half Farr, who can also play in midfield, joined Cirencester Town at the age of 16, starting out in the academy set-up under the coaching of Steve Lowndes and Will Morford.

After helping them win the National Cup, he left for a brief period, playing for Royal Wootton Bassett Town. Now 24, he is enjoying helping young players develop in the Development side after having a taste of the first team during Brian Hughes' most recent spell in charge.

"This season we started slowly, with a few mixed results, but lately we have really picked up not losing since November now and picking up some fantastic results against the likes of Cheltenham Saracens and most recently Tuffley," Farr said. "We were really pleased with Tuesday's result because I know Mark Pritchett and Shayne Anson well from their time at Ciren and all the lads knew they were going to have a battle on their hands.

"We have a habit of raising our game against teams that are higher up the footballing ladder and this was a perfect example of it. A few of the lads were disappointed not to score a couple more and from a defender's point of view we were disappointed to concede two late goals.

"Hopefully we can continue in this cup now as this result should give us even more confidence we can beat anyone on our day. It was great to see a few new faces at the game against Tuffley and was also nice to see my best mate Brad Hooper who doesn't often get chance to watch due to his playing commitments with Swindon Supermarine."

Outside football, Farr works as DBA Manager at Outsource UK in Swindon.

He played for the Wiltshire Under-18s team and during his time with Cirencester Academy, they were a penalty shoot-out away from facing Manchester United in the FA Youth Cup in 2011, bowing out to Torquay United, who went on to face the holders.

Both Farr's dad Ian and granddad Brian played for Swindon Town. Ian is Hungerford Town's all-time record scorer with 268 and he also appeared for Basingstoke Town.

With so much footballing talent in the family, Sam also has aspirations to play at a higher level, with Charlie Griffin's first team the first obvious target.

"If the chance arrives I'll always be available for Griff," he said.

"As one of the older players in the Development squad my main focus currently is helping the young lads come through. I did have a spell in the first team with Brian Hughes in his last year. It was a great dressing room of lads to be involved in even if I didn't get game time, with the likes of Jody Bevan, Jamie Reid, Leigh Henry, Gethin Jones, Glyn Garner, Lee Smith and Charlie all there at that time, it was a good experience for me."

This entry was posted on 26 January 2018 at 13:49 and is filed under Miscellaneous | Development Team. You can leave a response here.

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