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Evo-Stik League Southern D1 S&W

Tiverton Town 1 - 2 Cirencester Town

Cirencester Town FC travelled to Ladymead the home ground of Tiverton Town FC on  aturday the 23rd February on a high after two consecutive wins.

The only change to the team that won at home against Sholing saw Chris Thompson back after injury.

At 3 pm on a cold but dry afternoon in front of a crowd of 151, referee Andrew Quinn got the game underway, Ciren had the first opportunityand after a good run from Aiden Bennett down the left he pulled the ball back into the box which was scrambled away for a corner.

Controlling the ball for both teams was not easy, after two nights of hard frost the pitch was bumpy. However Ciren were having the better of it with the Ciren back four being solid and well supported by keeper Glyn Garner.

On the half hour, a good ball through to Shane Bumphrey who was on his own. As the keeper came out to close the angle,Bumphrey rounded him and struck at goal only to see a defender clear for a corner.

In the last 15 mins of the first half, Ciren were now well on top with Brad Hooper going close, and James Mortimer-Jones heading just wide after a good work from Ben Wells.


H.T. 0-0.


The second half started with no changes for the Centurions. Ciren were immediately on the attack with Bennett causing the Tiverton defence many problems down the right and was unlucky to see his half volley cross finely taken by the Tiverton keeper as Collier was ready to pounce.

Ciren should have gone ahead when, after a Wells corner, there was a scramble in the box before the ball was in the air and from 2 yards Collier’s header was straight at the keeper.

Tiverton had their first real chance in the 66th min when a penetrating through ball found Michael Nardiello but with only Garner to beat he fired a low hard shot wide of the far post.

In the 70th minute Ciren took the lead when Ellis Dunton, after quick movement down the left, fed the perfect ball into Sam Collier who turned and hammered the ball past the advancing keeper.

Brian Hughes made his first changes bringing on Sam Packer for Bumphrey and Scott Griffin for Collier.

The game took a dramatic swing in the 84th minute after a high ball seemed to be comfortable for Garner who took the ball in the air but then dropped it into the path of Michael Nardiello who fired home from close range bringing the score level.

The game now seemed to be drifting into a share of the spoils! However, we were then to have the best piece of football in the game after Wells had made a good run across the pitch feeding a pass to Griffin who had his back to goal. He flicked it right for the accelerating Bennett to run onto and he powered forward into the box before squaring a great cross into the path of Sam Packer who made no mistake, hitting a thunderous right foot shot into the top of the net giving the keeper no chance.

In the last minutes of the game Leigh Henry, who had given a solid display, picked up a booking.

This was another great battling performance from Ciren and 9 points from the last three games. Picking a man of the match would be a real toughie considering the effort and commitment from the whole team.

We now face Clevedon Town at home on Saturday the 2nd March, going for our fourth win on the trot.The more support we have the more chance we have! So lets get behind the lads and cheer them on to a win and a move into a playoff position.

 Attendance: 151

Referee: Andrew Quinn

Tiverton Town:

1. Chris Wright
2. Josh Concanen
3. Alex Faux
4. Russell Jee
5. Adam Faux
6. Tom Gardner (C)
7. Andy Taylor
8. David Steele
9. Michael Nardiello
10. Dave Pearse
11. Josh Searle

12. Joe Bushin
14. Lewis Tasker
15. Jules Emati-Emati
16. Kevin Hill
17. Harry Nodwell


Cirencester Town:

1. Glyn Garner
2. Shayne Anson (C)
3. Ellis Dunton
4. Chris Thompson
5. Leigh Henry
6. James Mortimer-Jones 
7. Brad Hooper
8. Ben Wells
9. Sam Collier
10. Aidan Bennett 
11. Shane Bumphrey

12. Scott Griffin (on for Sam Collier - 70 mins)
14. Sam Packer (on for Shane Bumphrey 65 mins)
15. Jon Beedon 


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