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Promotion-chasing Cirencester Town make approach for defender

By George Didcote and Robert Iles Senior Sports Writer at https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/sport/football

Cirencester Town manager Charlie Griffin is looking to bring in a centre back as he aims for promotion after narrowly missing out on the play-offs last season.

The Centurions finished seventh last term, missing out on the top six on goal difference.

Griffin made it clear that he's looking to use this as motivation to push on and go one step further this campaign.

Cirencester sit eighth in Southern League Division One South at the moment after thrashing Thatcham Town 6-2 on Saturday and Griffin is looking to bolster his defence to try and push his team up the table having made a seven-day approach for his target.

Griffin said: "We're looking for a centre back that can play across the back. We're waiting for those seven days to clear then we can speak to the player.

"We know going forward we can score goals, we have dangerous players we just need to be more ruthless defending in our own box."

The club won six of their last seven in April 2018 but their valiant attempt to get into the top six wasn't enough, which may be an underlying factor to the Centurions' success this time out.

Griffin said: "It was hard to take last season, you've got to look at that and that's got to be a big ambition for us to do better than last year.

"Promotion is the big aim I'm not going to hide from that.

"People know what we did last year, we're there to be shot at. That's last year, teams want to come to us and play on our pitch they enjoy it, so we have to raise our game.

"I believe that when we do that with the lads that we've got, we can push for promotion."

After a two-week break from the league, Cirencester had time to address matters following a 4-0 defeat against Bideford and bounced back in style on their return to action with Ben Whitehead hitting a hat-trick to blow away Thatcham.

Henry Spalding gave Cirencester the lead before George Jeacock scored Thatcham's equaliser from the penalty spot.

Whitehead scored two goals either side of half-time to put Cirencester in control before completing his treble in the 66th minute.

Spalding notched his second and Aidan Bennett rounded off the scoring, sandwiched by a goal from Thatcham's James Tennant.

This entry was posted on 06 November 2018 at 11:24 and is filed under First Team | Miscellaneous. You can leave a response here.

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