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Dev Squad go through on penalties after bad tempered match

Cirencester Town 2 Gala Wilton 2

Ciren win 4 - 3 on penalties

Gala Wilton kicked off this 2nd round County Cup match, the first of the two matches the Development Squad will play in 48 hours.

The game took the usual course for Development Squad games and the first 5 minutes became an onslaught of Ciren attacks which paid off when Scott Reynolds (who had started the move with Jacob Davidge) bundled the ball home on 4 minutes

Within the next 5 minutes Ciren had more chances but couldn’t get a second and gradually the Gala team got back into the match and looked threatening. However, George Peare, Brad Hooper and Davidge all had efforts go wide either from corners or from open play. In the first 15 or 20 minutes the dev squad played the ball on the ground
around the Gala players before being dragged into a game that does not suit them, even though they can cope with it.

The Gala players began to try and dominate the Ciren players with physicality and the refs whistle became a regular feature of the night sounds. This had the effect of spoiling the game. In the 26th minute Lee Allen broke towards the box, Liam O’Brien brought him down and the penalty was given. He got up to make it 1 – 1. Ciren didn’t deserve this and came back strongly but Peare was booked on the 28th minute for a tackle that took out the Gala player.

The Gala team (and bench) spent most of the half screaming at the referee whenever they didn’t get a decision and often when they did get the decision; this led to 2 yellow cards within 2 minutes for dissent but that didn’t stop the shouting or abuse.

In the 41st minute Kieran Jones latched onto a good through ball from Danny Gudger and passed the keeper to make it 2 – 1.

Half Time 2 – 1

The second half saw much the same play as the end of the first with the Gala players objecting to every decision made and the Ciren boys struggling to dominate. On the 58th minute Allen broke through the defence and, despite the efforts of Reece Cass in the Ciren goal, got the equalizer.

In the 59th minute Reynolds made another break after a good ball from O’Brien but couldn’t get his shot on target. This was his last action of the game and he was replaced by Robbie James on 61 minutes. James was immediately in the action and he put a header just wide after a cross from Peare.

Things took a wrong turn shortly after this as the Cirencester Manager was assaulted by a Gala player as he went to pick the ball up for a throw-in. This caused a melee which took in virtually all of the players and both benches. Despite it being a physical match  this came completely out of the blue and took the spectators by surprise. The referee  took his time to calm things down and in the aftermath sent off 2 Gala players and the Cirencester Manager.

The game restarted 11 players against 9 and Ciren now attacked the Gala goal incessantly but, despite efforts from Davidge, O’Brien, Peare, Gudger, Tom Luce and Hooper, could not get the breakthrough they needed to win the game within the 90 minutes and for the second time this season a cup match went into penalties.

If we are being honest I think that most of the Ciren supporters felt that their chance had come and gone.

Gala took the first penalty, Cass pulled off a good save, Davidge stepped up 1 – 0 Ciren

Gala scored, Luce made up for his miss of the previous week 2 – 1 Ciren

Gala scored, Hooper stepped up 3 – 2 Ciren

Gala scored, Jones stepped up 4 – 3 Ciren

Cass pulled off a second save to put Ciren through.

This game and result was spoilt for the Ciren players as trouble flared up in the club house.

In the next round (in November) we face Shirehampton FC

Attendance: 36

Referee: Jack Bownick

Cirencester Town:

1. Reece Cass
2. Scott Reynolds
3. Kieran Jones
4. Liam O’Brien
5. Kyle Pitts (C )
6. George Peare
7. Tom Luce
8. Brad Hooper
9. Jack Smith
10. Danny Gudger
11. Jacob Davidge

12.Alex Bateman
14. Robbie James (Scott Reynolds – 61mins)
16, James Smith
17. Adam Clatworthy

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