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Evo-Stik League Southern - D1 S&W

Paulton Rovers 1 – 0 Cirencester Town


Match Report by Dave Pyzer  


Cirencester were on the road again for their latest fixture to play Paulton Rovers who have been in a good run of form having won their last six games on the bounce and entering the ‘play-off’ places as a result.   

On the playing front Shane Anson returned at right back with Ellis Dunton moving back to his customary left back slot and Jon Beeden taking a position on the bench.

Paulton kicked off on a very hard pitch with the advantage of the sun behind them and the slope but soon lost possession as they launched the first of many long balls at the Cirencester defence, presumably hoping the sun in their eyes would influence Cirencester’s ability to clear the ball.

Cirencester had the first opportunity of the match in the second minute when Shane Bumphrey received the ball wide on the left but his cross was too close to home ‘keeper Kyle Phillips who caught the ball easily under his crossbar.

Five minutes later there was an optimistic call for a penalty from the travelling Cirencester supporters after a period of pressure from the visitors and from the break that followed Joe Bushin found himself free near the penalty spot but fortunately the alert James Mortimer-Jones managed to clear the danger as he won the ball facing his own goal.

Cirencester had some good fortune on the quarter of an hour mark when an attempted clearance by Shane Anson, from a cross from his left, struck Brandon Barnes and rebounded into the arms of Glyn Garner.

Midway through the half Shane Anson was at the other end of the pitch as he struck a ball that was once again taken comfortably by Phillips.

In the 23rd minute Paulton scored the only goal of the game following another period of pressure from the visitors when a break down the Cirencester left flank reached Nick McCootie and from the byeline, inside the penalty area, he crossed as Chris Thompson closed him down to the penalty spot where Brandon Barnes struck a controlled left footed volley inside the left post giving Glyn Garner no chance.

Shortly after a break down the Paulton left flank by the speedy McCootie was brought to an end, 5 yards outside the side edge of the box, as he cut between Shane Anson and Chris Thompson and the latter was adjudged to have obstructed him – for this he received a Yellow Card.

Dan Cleverley had an opportunity to increase the score in the 32nd minute when he headed over the bar following a cross from the busy Paulton left flank.

Three minutes later Mortimer–Jones latched onto a headed clearance but his blocked shot rebounded into the arms of ‘keeper Phillips without him having to move.

Ben Wells struck a well weighted pass from the centre circle inside full back Stuart Pearson for Shane Bumphrey to collect and after beating the covering defender his cross was only partially cleared and as Ellis Dunton latched on to it he was fouled.  Ben Wells took the kick from about 10 yards outside of the penalty area, to the left of it, and his delivery to the penalty spot was met by the head of Dunton and looked like it would be the equaliser until an acrobatic overhead bicycle kick from under the bar by a defender facing the goal cleared it.

A couple of minutes later Sam Collier received the ball in a tight situation on the right flank and beat his marker with a neat drag-back-turn inside but as he stretched to move away he caught the covering defender and the referee decided a Yellow Card was merited – a little harsh.

Just before the interval a Cirencester move broke down on the edge of the Paulton penalty area and they immediately mounted a fast counter attack with McCootie moving the ball to Barnes on the left who made ground and crossed to Bushin who struck the ball early from the edge of the Cirencester penalty area for Garner to save.

Half Time:   1 - 0

Almost immediately from the re-start the ball was down the Cirencester left flank with Shane Bumphrey and after an interchange of passes with James Mortimer-Jones the ball was fed to Dunton who ran at the defence and shot from outside of the area but it was deflected over the bar for a corner.

Mortimer-Jones was working hard and was involved at some stage in much of the Cirencester action and eight minutes into the half he fed Aidan Bennett on the right who moved it on to the overlapping Shane Anson but once again his cross was caught by Phillips.  Seven minutes later Mortimer-Jones drove a clearance wide of the left post from outside the area, right of centre, following a corner which was the result of a right wing cross from Wells that had bounced near the penalty spot and been headed behind.

Sam Packer replaced the influential Ben Wells, who had been carrying a hamstring injury, after 65 minutes and was soon involved in the action when he crossed from the right wing for Bumphrey to have his shot blocked inside the 6 yard box and cleared.

The second half was almost continual pressure from the visitors and sporadic breaks from the home side but Cirencester were unable to capitalise on their possession and break through the well organised Paulton defence.

The game petered out despite plenty of effort and hard work by the Cirencester team but unfortunately sometimes hard work is not enough – a little guile and patience is required.

Final Score: 1 - 0

Paulton had mainly relied on the long ball and quick breaks whilst absorbing the more patient play of Cirencester through their strong, well organised defence.  Cirencester had more possession and territory but failed to capitalise as most of it ended with crosses that Paulton comfortably headed clear.

Attendance: 148

Referee:      Adam Ricketts

Paulton Rovers:

1.   Kyle Phillips
2.   Stuart Pearson
3.   Mike Reaney
4.   Marcus Mapstone
5.   Scott Brice
6.   Brandon Barnes
7.   Craig Loxton
8.   Ben Osman
9.   Joe Bushin
10.  Dan Cleverley  (C)
11.  Nick McCootie

12.  Josh Jeffries           (Ben Osman – 63 mins)
14.  James Billing             (Nick McCootie – 76 mins)
15.  Steve Bridges           (Brandon Barnes – 83 mins)
16.  Stuart Tovey           
17.  Ben Lacey


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.  Shayne Bumphrey

12.  Scott Griffin  (Brad Hooper - 78 mins)
14.  Sam Packer     (Ben Wells – 65 mins)
15.  Jon Beeden

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