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Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division

Stourbridge 2 - 1 Cirencester Town

For the fourth time in two seasons Cirencester Town slipped to a 2-1 scoreline defeat to high flying Stourbridge in a game they deserved a draw from.

The game kicked off at a cracking pace and in only the 2nd minute Kevin Sawyer was required to make a good save away to his right holding an effort from the dangerous Ryan Rowe after a pullback from a free kick. At the other end Town won a series of corners and the normally solid Lewis Solly in the Stourbridge goal looked less than comfortable fumbling at least two attempts which saw a goal-line scramble ensue which Town failed to convert on each occasion.

Town were struck a blow when Charlie Comyn-Platt crumpled to the floor when twisting te reach a ball and was forced off with what looks like Town's fourth serious knee ligament injury of the season. Jamie Dunn moved into the middle and Ellis Dunton came on at left back.

Ryan Rowe who is being watched by a host of professional clubs proved his worth for Stourbridge when a ball over the top caught the Town defence out on 21 minutes and Rowe took the ball well in his stride and finished clinically across Sawyer and into the far corner to put the Glassboys 1-0 up.

In the 33rd minute Mitchell Bryant did well to deliver a cross to the far post but Jon Else headed tamely wide. Rowe then got himself into another good position but this time his chipped effort failed to catch out Kevin Sawyer who held his shot comfortably.

Just before half time Town thought they had got an equaliser but Solly made up for his earlier fumbles with an excellent save to deny midfielder Nathan Davies.

Cirencester Town got off to a great start in the second half when after 47 minutes Ben Reardon fired in his second goal in as many games with a wonderful effort from outside the box which dipped over Solly and in just underneath the crossbar.

Kevin Sawyer was then involved in the action again, firstly saving well from full back Sam Rock and then a culmination of Sawyer's foot and Ellis Dunton's header combined to deny Stourbridge a further goal.

Stourbridge were now producing the more clear cut chances and again Kevin Sawyer did well beating away Sean Geddes' fierce drive from just outside the box.

Town were giving as good as they got and were twice denied by the linesman's flag when both Bryant and Reardon looked onside when put through.

In the 80th minute a long ball upfield saw John Griffin push Andy Gunn in the back as he went up for the ball but the referee or linesman failed to spot this and this allowed Griffin to run through and round Sawyer and put Stourbridge in front with only ten minutes remaining.

In the 90th minute James Mortimer-Jones produced a brilliant volley which whistled only inches wide before the referee's whistle signalled the end of the game.

This was a cruel blow for Town who had battled and competed brilliantly for the whole of the game against a good side and perhaps if it wasn't for the quality of Ryan Rowe, who will undoubtedly get picked up by a club higher up the leagues, a draw would have been the end result. The side has shown a big improvement over the last few weeks however and they must maintain this and take their good form into a massive game against Evesham on Boxing Day.

Referee: Mr G Taylor

Attendance: 374

MOM: Kevin Sawyer


1 Lewis Solly
2 Sam Rock
3 Aaron Griffiths
4 Linden Dovey
5 Sean Geddes
6 Nathan Bennett
7 Sam Smith
8 John Griffin
9 Ryan Rowe
10 Ben Billingham (c)
11 Aaron Drake

12 Drew Canavan
14 Sean Evans
15 James Dyson
16 Rubert Blair
17 Adam Ward

Cirencester Town:

1 Kevin Sawyer (c)
2 Jared Wilson 
3 Jamie Dunn
4 Andy Gunn
5 Nathan Davies
6 Charlie Comyn Platt
7 Jamie Reid (Booked)
8 James Mortimer-Jones 
9 Ben Reardon
10 Mitch Bryant (Booked)
11 Jon Else 

12 Adam Mayo
14 Ellis Dunton (on for Comyn-Platt 17 mins)
15 Ben Hunt (on for Reardon 85 mins)


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