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Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division

Cirencester Town 0 - 1 Chippenham Town

Photo Slideshow of match provided by Andy Crook


In the sweltering heat at the Corinium Stadium and with the game being a tight local derby it wasn’t long before Referee Adam Nunn made his presence known bringing out the yellow card for Cirencester Town's Jamie Reid after an incident with Chippenham left back Toby Osman in only the 9th minute. 
Only two minutes later it was Chippenham Town's Aaron Wilson’s turn to enter the referee’s notebook for persistent fouling.

Then with 15 minutes on the clock with Cirencester about to defend a corner, experienced centre back for Chippenham, Nathan Rudge, blocked Adam Mayo as he was trying to track his runner and Mayo naïvely threw out an elbow and Rudge went down in an instant. Referee Nunn sent Mayo off as Rudge walked off to the touchline with the physio with a big smile on his face.

Cirencester didn’t let this affect them and rolled their sleeves up and battled away. Neither side were really able to fashion out any good chances with just a looping header which the returning Kevin Sawyer was able to hold underneath his crossbar and the first half drew to a close with neither team deserving the lead.

The second half started badly for Cirencester when from a corner Chippenham’s Nathan Rudge rose unchallenged and headed towards the back post where the predatory Dave Gilroy was also unmarked and he headed home to make it 1-0 to Chippenham.

In the 52nd minute the referee Nunn made it 10 men apiece when he sent off Chippenham's Steve Casey for an alleged elbow on Jamie Reid.

Cirencester thought they had scored just two minutes later when from a corner the ball was headed out to the edge of the box and Jon Else produced a brilliant volley that looked like flying in until Chippenham Town goalkeeper Will Puddy matched it with a flying save to tip the ball over the bar for another corner.

At the other end the battling Alan Griffin got clear of his man and shot low to Kevin Sawyer's left who pulled off a good diving save to keep Cirencester in the game.

Chippenham substitute James Guthrie went on a good run and pulled the ball back with Aaron Wilson heading towards goal but Sawyer held on.

Referee Nunn certainly seemed to want to be the main attraction as he next booked James Mortimer-Jones.

Alex Kite was next to test Sawyer and once again Sawyer was equal to the task getting down low to tip round the post.

Cirencester gave it their all towards the end and Puddy once again saved well this time from Richard Mansell and then in the 90th minute Zak Westlake arrived from nowhere to hit a great left footed volley which beat Puddy but came back off the post much to Towns dismay.

In injury time, Referee Nunn bemused everyone booking Gunn after Puddy cleared against him, then threatened to book Puddy, turned away then missed Gunn actually making another infringement but then booked Puddy to leave a comical end to an all action local derby in which Cirencester will feel slightly unlucky not to have got a draw.


Attendance: 185

Referee: Adam Nunn

 

Cirencester Town:

1) Kevin Sawyer
2) Jared Wilson
3) Richard Mansell ©
4) Matt Sysum
5) Adam Mayo
6) Callum Henry
7) Jamie Reid
8) James Mortimer-Jones
9) Mike Tambling
10) Jon Else
11) Zak Westlake

12) Andy Gunn (on for Tambling 70 mins)
14) Tom Etheridge (on for Wilson 65 mins)
15) William Loughman

Chippenham Toen:

1) Will Puddy
2) Mani Randhawa
3) Toby Osman
4) Ashley William ©
5) Steve Casey
6) Nathan Rudge
7) Scott Lye
8) Ross Stearn
9) Alan Griffin
10) Dave Gilroy
11) Aaron Wilson

12) James Guthrie (on for Stearn 59 mins)
13) Jack Pitcher
14) Greg Tindle
15) Kye Holly
16) Alex Kite (on for Gilroy 59 mins)



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