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The Calor League – Division One South & West

Clevedon Town 3 – 0 Cirencester Town

Match Report by Dave Pyzer  


Following their excellent performance against a very useful Stratford side on Saturday - that took them to joint top of the table  with a game in hand over leaders North Leigh - the Centurions travelled to Clevedon for this Monday evening fixture with high hopes of continuing their nine match winning run.

It was not to be however and they came down to earth with a bump as the Clevedon side set about them from the kick –off.

Early signs were good as four minutes after they kicked off Cirencester’s James Mortimer-Jones set Lee Smith loose down the left wing with a superb pass from the centre circle and the resultant cross was cleared with some difficulty.

A couple of minutes later Clevedon opened the scoring from a free kick wide on their left flank that was headed on to the back of the penalty area where Sam Teale was lurking. As the ball dropped he immediately smashed it towards goal and a slight deflection took it inside the right post.  1-0

Spurred on by this early success the home side never let Cirencester settle and at times appeared to have extra players on the pitch such was the speed that they closed down the visitors, often surrounding the Centurion on the ball with a two or three members so that he had nowhere to go, conceding possession either by losing the ball in a challenge or passing to an opponent.

The home side had done their homework as top goal-scorer Lee Smith was man-marked by Kaine Gazzard from the outset, often being dumped on his backside during the first quarter. Try as he did he could not find space to run at the Seasiders to get behind their well organised defence.

Cirencester were light weight and often outnumbered in midfield and unable to win any ‘second ball’ as the quicker, more committed Seasiders smothered them.  Isaac Reid was showing plenty of pace down the Clevedon right flank and causing a few problems in the early stages.

Despite this pressure the visitors had a good amount of possession of their own but were unable to turn it into anything of note. 

Half Time:   1 - 0

After the break Clevedon continued to stifle the visitors and were rewarded with another early goal in the 52nd minute when a left wing corner resulted in a goalmouth scramble and Edd Vahid managed to stab the ball into the back of the net from close range at the back post.  2-0

Almost immediately Brian Hughes, the Centurions Manager, responded by replacing midfielder Sean Wood with striker Shane Bumphrey and changing the formation to 4-4-2.

Midway through the half he made another change when Jody Bevan replaced Aidan Bennett in an attempt to provide an aerial challenge to the dominant home centre backs.

Five minutes later the final change was made as Brad Hooper replaced Steve Davies.

During the game Cirencester had started a number of moves from the back and from one such move the ball reached Lee Smith who made a break down the left flank before cutting inside and unleashing a shot that was blocked and as Jody Bevan pounced on the loose ball ‘keeper Oli Barton dived on it.

Shortly afterwards, following a period of Cirencester pressure, the ball was taken off Shane Bumphrey’s toe as he was about to shoot.

The final goal of the game in the 80th minute was as result of a poor clearance kick that was intercepted by Adi Adams who burst through and smashed the ball into the back of the net from the edge of the penalty area.


Final Score: 3 - 0


This was an extremely disappointing performance from the Centurions with a number of players not performing to the level that has enabled them to move up the league table with nine straight wins.

Hopefully it was a ‘blip’ and the ‘wake-up call’ required to put them back on track as they prepare to meet Thatcham on Saturday and league leaders North Leigh next Tuesday.

Attendance: 101                                 

Referee:      Richard Corp


Clevedon Town:

1.   Oli Barton
2.   Sam Teale
3.   Adi Adams
4.   Matt Thorne   
5.   Ollie Barnes
6.   Kaine Gazzard    
7.   Ibz Diallo                
8.   Edd Vahid    (C)
9.   Isaac Reid                
10.  Ross MacNab
11.  Reeko Best

12.  Ben Murray                        
14.  Kyle Mountford       (Isaac Reid-53mins)
15.  Louis Feeley             
16.  Clayton Fortune          (Ross MacNab-66mins)
17.  Scott Murray             (Reeko Best-84mins)

Cirencester Town:

1.   Adam Clatworthy
2.   Shayne Anson    (C)
3.   Ben Prictor  
4.   James Mortimer-Jones
5.   Ellis Dunton 
6.   Leigh Henry    
7.   Jamie Edge
8.   Sean Wood
9.   Aidan Bennett    
10.  Steve Davies
11.  Lee Smith 

12.  Shane Bumphrey    (Sean Wood-53mins)
14.  Brad Hooper          (Steve Davies-71mins)
15.  Jody Bevan            (Aidan Bennett-66mins)
16.  Kyle Pitts     

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