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Pre-season 2020-21



This was the first Development Squad match since March and the first under the new management team of Dan Gough and Steve Chadwick and it proved to be a classic game of two halves.

Goughy had a mixture of young an experienced players to choose from and he put out a strong 11 against a bigger and probably more experienced Cricklade team and they started on the front foot attacking from the off and within 2 minutes a shot from the edge of the box eluded front man Max Lloyd by a few inches.

The first real effort on goal was from Harry Rule who shot just over on 4 minutes after a good through ball from the back. Although the opening skirmishes went in favour of the home side the first keeper called into play was Dan Lawrence in the Ciren goal who saved a good effort from Max Scholefield the Cricklade number 8. The action was pretty much in the middle until Rule went on a run and was brought down about 25 yards out to the right of the D. Step up Dan ROBERTS who shot over the wall into the top left hand corner in the 12th minute. 1-0 Ciren

Felipe Diaz began to dominate down the right wing and he forced a good save from Dion Titcombe in the Cricklade goal but unfortunately Rule couldn't capitalise on the rebound however the ball went out to Tom Phillips who split the defence for Jack ROCKETT to finish. 2-0 Ciren.

Despite not seeing much of the ball Cricklade continued to play some decent football when they SCHOLEFIELD hit a speculative shot which hit the underside of the bar and bounced down over the line. 2-1 Ciren.

The game was much more even now with a shot from Rule that went just wide and a double effort from Lloyd before Scholefield had another snap shot that this time went just wide of the Ciren left hand post.

Max LLOYD made it 3-1 to Ciren on the 38th minutes when he and Rule played a little tippy tappy which was forced in off the keeper.

Unfortunately Philips sustained an injury that meant he was substituted and Tobias Lango came on.

The last meaningful action of the first half came when Lloyd was tugged back on the edge of the box which game Roberts another opportunity to have a shot but this time he hit the keeper rather than the net.

Half-time - Cirencester 3 Cricklade 1

The second half saw a few Ciren substitutions with Cavan Smith, Max Lloyd and Harry Rule being replaced by Reagan Messenger, Jack Paine and Joe Tranter coming on. Cricklade replaced the entire team apart from the keeper and the game changed as a result.

The opening salvos were won by Cricklade who began to dominate and become more and more physical with Roberts taking a knock which meant he had to be replaced by Harry Staddon.

A pattern was beginning to develop with a log of niggly and strong tackles that the ref let go which eventually led to Lawrence being booked for dissent. The first effort from Ciren in the second half came on the 18th minute when Tranter had a shot that was saved with the ball being pushed out to Paine whose effort was turned wide by the keeper.

If Ciren dominated the first half, Cricklade dominated the second but didn't really cause the keeper any problems and the best move of the half was created by the young Ciren team with some good inter-linking play between Diaz, Paine and Rockett which pulled a good save from the keeper with Diaz unable to put the rebound away.

The final substitution was on the 38th limit when Rockett was replaced by Harvey Lloyd.

The final 10 minutes was reasonably frantic with Cricklade attacking and Ciren defending.

Full Time: Cirencester 3 Cricklade 1

The young lads should take heart from this game of two halves which saw some good attacking moves and some solid defending against a good strong team.

Joey Broadbank playing in the midfield was Cirencester's outstanding player being in the thick of the action from start to finish, with no obvious signs of fatigue.

Cirencester Town:

Dan Lawrence, Cavan Smith, Felipe Diaz, Dan Roberts, Josh Harkness, Alastair Mason, Jack Rockett, Tom Phillips, Max Lloyd, Joey Broadbank, Harry Rule, Harry Staddon, Tobias Lango, Jack Paine, Joe Tranter, Reagan Messenger, Harvey Lloyd, Jack Curzons

Cricklade Town:

Dion Titcombe, Craig Kent, Tom Arliss, Chris Tewkesbury, Bradley Farrell, Tom Hoskins, Kris Redford, Max Scholefield, Luke Richards, Rhys Armstrong, Jason Tatum, Kyle Bird, Johnathan Peachy-Score, Alex Baker, Elliott Corp, Sam Field, Reece Gulliver, Ryan Lovett, Chris Gallavin, Will Buckhouse, Liam Griffin, Tom McCulloch, Mike Lees, Chris Baxter, Steve Armstrong

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