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Evo-Stik League Southern Division 1 S&W

Cirencester Town 2 - 1 Abingdon United

Match Report by Andy Buchan

Cirencester Town welcomed Abingdon United for this South/Western Division One match.
Cirencester were without 3 regulars with Jamie Reid suspended, Ellis Dunton and Chris Thompson out injured.
The weather conditions were more suited for flying kites with a strong wind from the East. Ciren started the game playing into the wind this proved difficult for both teams with the Ciren keeper Lee Clatworthy finding it hard work to reach the half way line with his goal kicks. It was no easier for Abingdon with the ball running too fast and out of play.
In the early exchanges Ciren were playing good football with both Packer and Bumphrey attacking down the flanks and it was in the 24th minute that Collier found himself on the edge of the 5 yard box with the ball coming to him in the swirling wind leaning backwards and on the half volley he got enough of the ball to see it elude the Abingdon keeper finishing in the corner of the net to give Ciren a deserved lead.
Two minutes later Abingdon's Tom Melledew was booked for a foul on Alex Allard. In the 28th minute Shane Bumphrey made a great run into the box and was determined to get to the by-line and get his cross in but was bought down. A definite penalty in our combined opinion however the ref saw it differently and waved play on.

In the 34th minute Abingdon got the equaliser when Carl Self side stepped Aiden Bennett and side footed into the net. In the 36th minute Bumphrey was booked for an alleged foul.

Half Time 1-1


Within the half time break the wind dropped significantly, therefore Ciren did not have the same advantage as did Abingdon have in the first half.

However Ciren got off to a frantic start with Bumphrey's header being saved by Rob Durant. This was followed again with Bumphrey leaving the defender for dead and firing a right footed shot past the post.

Ciren were dominating the game so it came as a complete surprise in the 69th minute that, in a rare attack, Lee Clatworthy was adjudged to have brought down the Abingdon stricker in the box, The ref instantly pointed to the spot and gave the Ciren keeper a yellow card. The Abingdon captain Luke Carnell took the spot kick and hammered it towards the right hand corner, but Clatworthy was up for the task and made an outstanding save pushing the ball one handed out for a corner.
In the 76th minute Ciren made two changes bringing off the two Sam's, Packer and Collier and introducing Scott Griffin and Liam O'Brien.
Fortunes for Ciren took a change for the better in the 79th minute when a Bumphrey header looked destined for the net as it passed the keeper but just to make sure Griffin was on hand smashing the ball into the back of the net and quickly followed it after being pushed at high speed by a defender, as was commentated on by our president Alan Sykes over the tanoy system.
In the 86th minute Ciren bought on Sean Bailey replacing Joe Shephard. Liam O'Brien made a great run down the right beating three Abingdon players and after a tussle was booked being adjudged to have fouled.
The game finished two minutes later with Cirencester being deserved winners with a score line of 2-1.
This was a back-to-back win for Ciren and another solid performance.

 Attendance: 135

Referee: Adam Bayliss

Cirencester Town:

1. Lee Clatworthy
2. Alex Allard
3. Aiden Bennett
4. Matt Sysum (C)
5. Ben Wells
6. Nathan Hawkins
7. Shane Bumphrey
8. James Mortimer-Jones
9. Sam Collier
10. Joe Shepherd
11. Sam Packer

12. Scott Griffin (on for Sam Collier - 77 mins)
14. Sean Bailey (on for Joe Shepherd - 86 mins)
15. Liam O'Brien (on for Sam Packer - 77 mins)
16. Kyle Pitts


Abingdon United

1. Rob Durant
2. Chris Baker
3. Damien Crudup
4. Luke Carnell (C)
5. Kevin Halliday
6. Samuel Tucker
7. Toby Nowell
8. Tom Melledew
9. Aaron Woodley
10. Carl Self
11. Ben Whitehead

12. Matthew Biddle (on for Toby Nowell - 81 mins)
14. Carl Evans (on for Tom Melledew - 81 mins)
15. Stuart Young (on for Ben Whitehead - 60 mins)
16. Gianlucca Riccio
17. James Foster 


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