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Pre-Season Friendly

Cirencester Town 1 - 1 Bath City

This was Cirencester Town's 3rd pre-season friendly and toughest to date, welcoming Bath City to the Corinium Stadium Tuesday evening the 24th July.

The match kicked off at 7.45 in wall-wall sunshine. Brian Hughes had made a few changes with Griffin and Dunn in on the starting line up and a surprise on the bench in Danny Hale who last season was a regular in the Academy team.

The game got off to a cracking start with both teams showing a determination to attack at every opportunity. It was after 7 minutes that we had a goal, and it was a goal that needed to be seen on a action replay to appreciate how it actually happened. Ellis Dunton who was playing left back appeared up front in a Ciren break away. The ball was crossed from the right side, Dunton from 8 yards hit a powerful header which came back off the Bath keeper as Dunton fell to the ground and the ball came back to him, he somehow headed it again into the net giving Ciren the lead.

Five minutes later it was Dunton again up front and from a Ciren free kick he managed to bring the ball down and send a fine ball into the goal mouth area where unfortunately there was no Ciren player to take advantage.

Bath now started to put Ciren under pressure as they were looking for the equaliser and this came in the 31st minute when a long ball found Charlie Griffin at the far post who made no mistake with a left footed shot that flew into the corner of the net giving Matt Bath no chance.

After 35 minutes Sam Collier was booked for a challenge on Mark Canham. It was Sam Collier who 3 minutes later made a good move on the edge of the box and saw a shot from his left foot beat the keeper and unfortunately also the near post.

Half time 1-1

The second half started as the first, fast and furious, it was becoming more like a cup final than a friendly! It was end-to-end football with both teams having plenty of opportunities.

In the 60th minute Ciren made two substitutions seeing Sam Collier and Jamie Dunn being replaced with Aiden Bennett and Danny Hale.

Within 3 minutes Jamie Reid fired a great cross into Scott Griffin who twisted and turned and hit a fine shot which just squeezed past the post. At the opposite end the Bath. No 20 hit a bullet shot which was rising into the roof of the net, had it not been for Matt Bath making a good save, tipping the ball over the bar for a Bath corner.

In the 64th minute Ciren made two more changes with Wells and Bailey making way for George Williams and Paul Carter.

With minutes remaining Ciren had a good chance to sneak the match with Danny Hale passing a ball into Scott Griffin who was in the box, but Scott was unable to get the ball totally under control which resulted in his shot being wide of the post.

Full time 1-1

Match attendance 59

Referee: Tim Wood

This was a very encouraging display from Cirencester against a team who are two divisions higher in the league. We have another big test on Saturday with the visit of Gloucester City, Kick Off 3pm. It is expected that they will bring good support with them, so lets turn up and give Ciren plenty of support.

Cirencester Town:

Matt Bath
Sean Bailey
Ellis Dunton
Nathan Hawkins
Ben Wells
Chris Thompson
Jamie Reid
James Mortimer-Jones
Sam Collier
Scott Griffin
Jamie Dunn

Aiden Bennett (on for Dunn - 60 mins)
Danny Hale (on for Collier - 60 mins)
Paul Carter (on for Wells - 64 mins)
Shaun Bumphrey
George Williams 0n f0r Bailey - 64 mins)

Bath City:

Glynn Garner
Luke Cummings
Gethin Jones
Joe Burnell
Aaron Brown
Mark Canham
Josh Low
Ceri Morgan
Adam Connelly
Adie Harris 
Charlie Griffin

Sekani Simpson
Mark Preece
Jim Rollo
Danny Ball
Brad Norris 




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