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The Calor League – Division One South & West

Taunton Town   1 – 0  Cirencester Town


Match Report by Dave Pyzer  


The Centurions travelled to Somerset for their third game in five days to face Taunton Town who had been beaten two days earlier by Guildford Town in stoppage time and would no doubt be ‘smarting’ and looking for a reaction.

The only change from the team that started against Tiverton two days earlier was Shane Bumphrey in place of Jody Bevan who was on the bench.

On a damp evening the pitch looked superb with a ‘slick’ surface.

The home side kicked off and within two minutes were awarded the first corner on the left which Glyn Garner punched clear. 

Shortly afterwards Cirencester were awarded a free kick on the left that Sean Wood sent into the penalty area and it bobbled around the area before being cleared at the third attempt.

Both sides were launching the ball forward and for spectators it was more like attending Wimbledon as the competition to see who could send it furthest or highest took over.

The home side had a number of tall players and were winning all the aerial battles and as a result enjoying plenty of possession with Cirencester relying on counter attacks.

The first move of note for Cirencester, that had more than two passes to it, occurred in the 28th minute when Ellis Dunton played a measured pass to Shane Bumphrey down the centre of the pitch. Bumphrey made a ‘cushioned’ pass to Joe Shepherd on the left flank and he sent a 35 yard pass to Lee Smith on the right side of the penalty area.  Smith was immediately surrounded and the ball went behind for a goal kick.

Taunton nearly opened the scoring two minutes later when an attack down the centre reached the edge of the penalty area where Jamie Short bounced off Dunton’s challenge to collide with the advancing Garner with the ball running loose.  Ben Carter collected the ball and advanced down the right side of the area to the by-line where he fired in a shot that struck the outside of the near post to go behind for a goal kick.  

Three minutes before half time Garner was drawn towards the right corner of his penalty area where Nat Pepperell was closing down on a through ball but he was beaten to the ball and Pepperell rounded the ‘keeper and shot towards goal to find that Dunton had seen the danger and covered his team-mate to head the ball behind for a corner on the left.

The last effort on goal of the half came from substitute Steve Murray (he had replaced the unfortunate Chris Young earlier) who took an early right footed shot from the left, 35 yards out, that curled wide of the left post.

Half Time:   0 - 0

The half time team-talk from Manager Brian Hughes must have been interesting as 
Cirencester opened the half at a much faster pace and immediately produced an eight pass move - this had sadly been lacking in the first half.

This was followed by a move involving Dunton, in the centre circle, to Steve Davies on the left flank and then to Sean Wood, just inside the home half, on to an overlapping Aidan Bennett who crossed from the corner into the box where Smith’s shot was deflected wide of the far right post.

It was a much more promising start from Cirencester and another move involving Dunton, Davies, Bennett, Shepherd and Smith had the same result.

Just before the half hour mark of the second period Taunton were awarded a generous free kick when Bennett was adjudged to have tripped Short on the right flank. Ben Carter took the kick and sent the ball into the 6 yard box where Bennett managed to block it for a corner. When the corner came in from the right Garner tipped it wide for a left wing corner. Dunton then headed out the kick to the edge of the area where Ross MacNab fired in a right footed volley that cleared the bar.

Taunton had wrested the initiative from Cirencester and MacNab was quickly back in the action as he received a ball on the left flank and whilst Cirencester hesitated, expecting an offside whistle, he sped down the wing to the by-line and pulled the ball back to Carter who sent in a fierce drive from the left side of the penalty area. Garner parried the shot and it was put behind for a left wing corner.

On the stroke of full time Taunton were awarded a throw-in on the left flank and as James Mortimer-Jones rose to head the ball he was pushed by Murray who was then allowed to play on. Murray reached the by-line and crossed the ball towards the area but it was blocked for a corner.

As the kick was being taken Owen Irish started a run on the right front edge of the penalty area that took him through the 6 yard box towards the near (left) post. James Short spotted the run and sent his kick towards the near post where Irish produced a superb header that flew into the net inside the back post.  1-0

Final Score: 1 - 0

This was a disappointing performance as for the fourth successive match Cirencester failed to score.

During the first half the Centurions played into the hands of Taunton by continually sending in high balls for the taller home side to dominate. The second half started promisingly with more urgency and better passing but unfortunately no end product.

There are a number of difficult games ahead and Cirencester need to find their ‘shooting boots’.

Attendance: 144                                

Referee:      Andrew Bennett

Taunton Town:

1.   Joe Perry
2.   Jamie Price       (C)
3.   Steve Kingdon
4.   Owen Irish     
5.   Ben Mammola
6.   Ben Carter    
7.   Jamie Short            
8.   Lewis Tasker

 9.   Chris Young              
10.  Ross MacNab
11.  Nat Pepperell

12.  Lewis Waldy  
14.  Josh Wadham  (Ross MacNab-80mins)
15.  Shane Kingston     
16.  Steve Murray  (Chris Young-14mins)      
17.  Paul Edwards


Cirencester Town: 

1.   Glyn Garner
2.   Shayne Anson    (C)
3.   Ellis Dunton 
4.   Sean Wood 
5.   Matt Liddiard
6.   Aidan Bennett    
7.   Joe Shepherd
8.   James Mortimer-Jones
9.   Shane Bumphrey    
10.  Steve Davies
11.   Lee Smith 

12.  Jody Bevan      (Shane Bumphrey-58mins)
14.  Brad Hooper    (Joe Shepherd-90mins)  
15.  Ben Wells         (Matt Liddiard-90mins)          

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