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Evo-Stik League Southern D1 S&W

Cirencester Town 3 - 1 Clevedon Town

Cirencester Town were going for four wins in a row and were facing Clevedon Town at the Corinium Stadium in front of a 118 crowd. The only change from the team that won at Tiverton was Chris Thompson who was out through injury and replaced by Jon Beedon. On the bench we had Jamie Reid back from suspension.

The first 45 minutes were pretty uneventful with few opportunities and the ball was more in the air than on the playing surface.

It was in the 36th min from a Ben Wells corner, and after a goalmouth scramble, the ball came out to Brad Hooper who knocked it back into the box and, whilst trying to clear, Adi Adams deflected the ball onto his own bar.

Minutes later from a short corner, the ball was played back into the path of James Mortimer-Jones who shot wide. Leigh Henry picked up a yellow card after a tackle on Reeko Best, the free kick was taken by Joe Sendfit.His effort cleared the defence and was heading for the top of the net but for a good save from Glyn Garner.

If Ciren were to continue their good run they would certainly need to up the ante in the second half and they were not to disappoint. In their first attack the ball was fed down the right Rory Prendergast was first to the ball but slipped. Wells pounced on it and raced to the by-line. He looked up, saw Shane Bumphrey at the far post and he hit his low cross in between two defenders giving Bumphrey the simple task of side footing into an empty net.

Four minutes later, Sam Collier from the left lobbed the ball over the defence to find Aidan Bennett unmarked and from 10 yards he volleyed into the far corner giving Ciren 2-0 lead.

Not sure whether it was the oranges or the team talk, but whatever it was certainly worked as Ciren were now firing on all cylinders putting the Clevedon defence was under constant pressure!

Collier saw a fine header saved by Jole Perry the Clevedon keepe,r who pushed the ball out for a corner. Ciren’s football was getting even better and the 60th minute saw them in a 17 pass move which was finished by Hooper hitting a tantalising ball into the goalmouth which was deflected for a corner. In another good move which saw Ellis Dunton pass to Mortimer-Jones, who then fed it into the path of Hooper. At this point Shayne Anson overlapped down the right, and Hooper fed the perfect ball for Anson who sent a searing ball into the box which was cleared for a corner. From a Wells corner Anson was back in action and was unlucky to see his well hit shot fly over the bar.

In the 64th minute Ciren had another corner which Ben Wells would take. In last week's match report from Tiverton, he was referred too as a ‘Magician’. Well for this corner kick he must have sprinkled some magic powder on the ball..! As from his kick, the ball swerved, eluded everyone in the box, and rocketed into the top corner of the net.

Ciren made three changes in the 75th min bringing on Scott Griffin, Jamie Reid and Sam Packer replacing Sam Collier, Brad Hooper and Aidan Bennett.

In the 85th min Clevedon, in a rare moment, gave Ciren some concern when Dan Williams outpaced Beedon and from 15 yards hit his right footed shot which brought out a good save from Garner, who until this point had been a spectator. Since the Wells goal, it looked very likely that Ciren would score more goals and it was in the 87th min after a inch perfect ball from Reid, which he knocked over the defence into the path of Packer as he sped towards goal. You could see the ball would just not settle for him to have a crack at goal and his eventual attempt was deflected for a corner.

It was against the run of play, and the game should have been finished, as it was in the 94th minute that from a Clevedon corner the ball was knocked down and Dan Williams hooked it under the bar giving the visitors a consolation goal. The referee then blew for full time with Ciren winning 3-1, but where did the four extra minutes come from?????

Ciren are now third on current form in the league, and on this form who knows! Although we do have a tough away match on Tuesday night at Merthyr!

This was another good all-round team performance so man-of-the-match in the clubhouse after was not going to be easy. It ended up in a draw with Ben Wells and Leigh Henry getting equal votes therefore both being jointly named The Four Pillars Hotel Man of the Match.


Attendance: 118

Referee: Cheosiaua Dumitru-Ravel

Cirencester Town:

1. Glyn Garner
2. Shayne Anson (C) 
3. Ellis Dunton 
4. Jon Beedon
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 - 76 mins)
14. Sam Packer (on for Aidan Bennett - 76 mins)
15. Jamie Reid (on for Brad Hooper - 76 mins)

Clevedon Town:

1. Jole Perry
2. Kaine Gazzard
3. Joe Sendift
4. Dave Stone
5. Steve Kingdon
6. Ben Murray
7. Russell Church
8. Adi Adams
9. Clayton Fortune (C)
10. Rory Prendergast 
11.Reeko Best

12. Billy Briston
14. George Brimson 

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