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Evo-Stik League Southern D1 S&W

Cirencester Town 1 - 6 Bridgwater Town

Match Report by Andy Buchan

Cirencester were introducing a new signing in David Evans, a goalkeeper from Slimbridge, and  also Ricky Allaway was making his home debut after a fine first performance at Poole Town.

After a week of sub zero temperatures followed by torrential rain on Friday, it was a testament to the quality of our pitch and ground staff that this South & West division one match took place.

Bridgwater came to the Corinium on the back of a very impressive run which was to continue with a 6-1 win over Cirencester.

The match kicked off in heavy rain with Ciren on the attack and it was in the 3rd minute that Scott Griffin had the first opportunity with a left footed shot bringing out a good save from Luke Parnell. 6 mins later an exquisite cross from Ben Wells to the far post was headed powerfully by Griffin beating both the keeper and the far post.

The game turned in the 18th minute when a through ball into the Ciren box in atrocious conditions found a one-on-one situation between Ciren’s new keeper David Evans and Bridgwater striker Ross Macnab. After a collision the ref awarded Bridgwater a penalty which was dispatched into the top right corner by Craig Veal giving Bridgwater the lead.

In the 17th min Aiden Bennett was booked for a foul on Phil Veal and in the 24th minute Ross Macnab made it 2 with a low right foot shot from 8 yards. In the 40th minute Chris Thompson, who was captain in the absence of Jamie Reid, came close with a powerful shot which was wide of the post. From the goal kick the ball was passed forward down the flank with a cross into the 5 yard area where Macnab was on hand to knock into the Ciren net increasing Bridgwater’s lead to 3.

Half Time Cirencester 0-3 Bridgwater.

Worse was to come when in the 46th minute when a high cross from Jon Vance slipped through the hands of Evans which he managed to turn and collect. However the ref judged the ball had crossed the line.

The second half started with both teams attacking, seeing both teams having two corners apiece within the first 8 minutes.

In the 53rd min, after a good run from Joe McLennan down the right as he made his way to the by-line, a late tackle by Ellis Dunton saw the ref award Bridgwater their second penalty. For some reason, the ref booked James Mortimer-Jones and, like the Bennett booking, I can't report why as i couldn't see any reason for the bookings,

Bridgwater ‘s Craig Veal hit his penalty shot low and hard at the right hand corner this time Evans was equal to the task making a great save pushing the ball out for a corner.

Ciren continued to push forward and in the 55th minute Sam Packer came close with a well placed header which just nipped over the bar. Minutes later Bennett was flattened resulting in a Ciren free kick but for some unknown reason the ref booked Chris Thompson. The game effectively ended in the 70th minute when, from a Bridgwater corner, the ball was played back into the middle for Zayne Simpson who picked up the ball moved forward unchallenged and from 25 yards unleashed a left footed shot which found the top left corner of the net.

Four minutes later Bridgwater scored their sixth goal when Jon Vance hit a right footed shot into the net giving Bridgwater a 6-0 lead.

Ciren made two substitutions bringing off Bennett and Hawkins and replacing them with Washbourne and Shepherd.

It was in the final minutes of the game that George Washbourne, after some nifty footwork, hit a inch perfect cross to Ben Wells who fired a great shot giving the keeper no chance into the Bridgwater goal. This was the first goal that Bridgwater had conceded in six games.

Full Time Cirencester 1-6 Bridgwater.

Attendance: 63

Referee: Brian Durie

Cirencester Town:

1. David Evans
2. Nathan Hawkins
3. Ellis Dunton 
4. James Mortimer-Jones
5. Jon Beedon
6. Ricky Allaway
7. Ben Wells
8. Chris Thompson (C)
9. Sam Packer
10. Scott Griffin
11. Aiden Bennett

12. George Washbourne (on for Aiden Bennett - 76 mins)
14. Joe Shepherd (on for Nathan Hawkins - 70 mins)
15. Jamie Reid


Bridgwater Town:

1. Luke Parnell
2. Phil Veal
3. Zayne Simpson 
4. Bradley Middleton
5. Chris McGrath (C)
6. Graham Mercieca
7. Joe McLennan
8. Kye Mountford
9. Ross Macnab
10. Jon Vance
11. Craig Veal

12. Tim Legg
14. Ollie Chamberlain
15. Stan Paxton 

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