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Dev Squad wins again

Cirencester Town 4 Wantage Town 2

These two teams fought out two draws last season and only goal difference could separate them at the end of the season however, Wantage haven’t fared as well as Ciren this season but we still expected a hard game.

Unfortunately the biggest winner was the wind and Ciren kicked into it in the first half. The first real action came as early asthe third minute when Adam Clatworthy was  beaten by a snap shot that hit the bar but managed to get a leg out that stopped the  rebound. Soon after Wantage took a very quick throw that was flicked on but the header was straight atClatworthy.

Ciren now settled and began to get to grip with the wind and started to play the ball on the floor. This son paid off when Jack Smith broke free and rounded the keeper but the angle was too acute for him to finish.

We did have the ball in the net on 21 minutes when Smith fed Jacob Davidge whose shot was put in by Tom Luce only to be judged offside. This was only the first of many bizarre decision made by the officials. Shortly after Davidge was at it again and he was taken down by Tai Hulbert-Thomas. There was no doubt that it was a penalty but some dispute that it deserved a red rather than yellow card, either way Luce stepped up to make it 1 nil.

There was little in the way of any meaningful action for the next 10 or so minutes (apart from the very annoying drum from the main stadium – which was on overtime) however Wantage equalised on 39 minutes when George Peare brought down Jordan Davies and Rocky Whiting scored the penalty to make it 1 – 1 which is how it remained at half-time.

The first half was not a very exciting affair but with the wind and numbers now in their favour Ciren were probably looking forward to the second half more than the Wantage team.

The opening minutes continued what the first half started and it was not a particularly exciting affair. Clive brought on the returning Same Bumphrey on for James Smith on 52 minutes. As water boy (trying to steal Jed waters job) Shane is rubbish but as an awkward forward who hasn’t played for two weeks he is a nightmare – at least for opposition defenders. Within seconds of coming on he had a touch from a Danny Gudger cross inch wide.

In the 59th minute Peare almost atoned for his earlier giving the penalty away when he hit the post from a corner.

The game became a very scrappy affair again with little or no action until the 64th minute when Bumphrey headed on a Liam O’Brien cross and Gudger was on hand to side foot the ball home to make it 2 – 1.

Robbie James made it 3 – 1 when he struck the ball from the edge of the box passed Jett Simmonds inn the Wantage goal. Robbie has played well this season and deserved this bit of fortune. Cirens fourth goal was a little bizarre as t came from a long ball from Clatworthy which was headed on to Bumphrey who saw the keeper off his line and lobbed him.

Wantage scored their second almost immediately from the kick off when the wind assisted Whiting in passing Clatworthy. Peare was given a second yellow (and a red) for what looked like an ordinary tackle in the 83rd minute.

There were two or three more half chances for both sides before the ref finally blew his whistle. This was not a game for the connoisseurs but 3 more points are what matter. Next up, Hook Norton away.

Robbie James was voted man of the match.

Attendance: 36

Referee: Neil Evans

Cirencester Town:

1. Adam Clatworthy
2. Kieran Jones
3. Robbie James
4. James Smith
5. Kyle Pitts (Capt.)
6. George Peare
7. Tom Luce
8. Liam O'Brien
9. Jack Smith
10. Danny Gudger
11. Jacob Davidge

12. Shane Bumphrey
14. Scott Reynolds
15. Reece Cass
16. Max Lloyd
17. Clive Messenger

Wantage Town:

21. Jett Simmonds
2. James Glover
3. Guy Swam
4. James Kyberd
5. Tai Hulbert-Thomas
6. Jared Jones
7. Jordan Davies
8. Rocky Whiting (Capt.)
9. Dan Timbrell
10. Andy Barton
11. George Reid

12. Ty Lee
1.Aaron Timbrell

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