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Calor League Division 1 South & West

Cirencester Town 3 - 1 Didcot Town

After a great midweek performance at North Leigh, Cirencester were now at home facing Didcot Town who themselves had a good win away at Guildford City.

Cirencester were without the services of Ellis Dunton who was serving a one-match ban, Brad Hooper started the game after being on the bench Tuesday evening.

Ciren were playing towards the shed end and made a flying start with Lee Smith taking on the Diddy defence and firing a shot at the far right corner in the 18th second which keeper Alex Williams did well to parry out for a corner.

It was Smith again in the 8th minute after a neat ball from Jamie Edge, Smith went on a run beating 5 defenders before Williams came out and smothered the ball.

In the 14th min Ciren had a short corner from Sean Wood to Edge, from the left side 25 yards out he hit a shot to the far right top corner which brought out a good save from Williams.

It was 30 mins before Didcot had their first real goal attempt with a shot that Glyn Garner tipped over the bar for a Diddy corner.

With a minute remaining before the half-time whistle Ciren had a free kick from their own half, as the ball was pumped into the box Hooper rose and powerfully headed inches over the bar.


Halftime: 0-0


Straight from the kickoff, Ciren went looking for that first goal and it was Aidan Bennett who hit a shot on the turn from 5 yards, only for Williams to gather at the far post.

In the 57th min Shayne Bumphrey replaced Brad Hooper.

Steve Davies minutes later made an excellent run down the right and getting to the byline fired in a cross which was flicked on by Bumphrey into the path of Aidan Bennett who placed his low shot into the far corner giving Ciren a deserved lead.

Ciren had certainly upped their game and were now in total control with Smith going close on two further occasions. It was in the 75th minute, after a Jamie Edge shot was deflected to Smith on the left side of the box, who spotted Aidan Bennett 6 yards out and squared the ball to him. Bennett picked his spot and fired a right footed shot past the sprawling Williams increasing Ciren’s lead.

Jody Bevan came on for Leigh Henry who had been a tower of strength in the Ciren defence.

Ciren nearly made it 3 after Davies hit a shot from the right which came off the underside of the bar. Ciren did made it 3 in the 90th minute after a mistake by Williams which Shane Bumphrey pounced on and slotted the ball into an empty net.

It was now all over and we were all waiting for the final whistle and a 3-0 win, all except Ben Whitehead who after a goalmouth scramble latched onto a loose ball and thumped it in for a final score of 3-1 in Ciren’s favor.

Fulltime: Cirencester 3-1 Didcot

This was a good win for Cirencester in front of a crowd of 138.

After a vote by the home supporters, the Four Pillars Hotel Man of the Match award was presented to Aidan Bennett.

Our next big match is Tuesday evening against 3rd in the league Paulton Rovers who are 4 points behind us and are also in a rich run of form with a 7 nil win at home against Wimborne today.

We need good support to propel the team onto another win keeping us firmly on the top of the league.

Attendance: 138

Referee: Brian Drurie

Cirencester Town:

1.   Glyn Garner

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

12. Jody Bevan
14. Dean Bromley
15. Shayne Bumphrey
16. Jacob Davidge


Didcot Town:

1.   Alex Williams
2.   Sam Elkins
3.   Taylor Janes
4.   Kameron Abbassi
5.   Luke Carnell (C)
6.   Sam Parish
7.   Josh Baines
8.   Jack Longford
9.   Mike McKirnan
10. Ben Whitehead
11. Ollie Thomas

12. Joe Parish
14. John Mills
15. Nick Thorne 


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