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Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division

Cirencester Town   4 – 0  Cambridge City

Match Report by Dave Pyzer

Cambridge City were the visitors to the Corinium Stadium for this Valentine’s Day league fixture. The Lilywhites are having an indifferent season, currently in 16th position in the league table, although they enjoyed an encouraging 6 – 1 victory over Banbury United last week and would no doubt be hoping to re-produce this form at the Corinium.

The Centurions starting eleven remained unchanged from last week whilst the bench included new signing Jordan Ricketts (from Yate Town) in addition to Ben Wells, Jacob Davidge and Leigh Henry. Josh Parsons and Ben Prictor remain on the injured list.

The Lilywhites kicked off, in perfect conditions for football, playing towards the Arena end of the ground and were soon put under pressure as Cirencester mounted an attack down the left channel through Brad Hooper that produced a corner kick. Ed Williams over-hit the kick to the back post but Nat Jarvis recovered the ball and took a left footed shot from the right front edge of the penalty area that was deflected for another corner kick. This kick eventually found its way back to ED WILLIAMS on the left flank, just outside the line of the front edge of the penalty area, and he immediately sent it back into the danger area where it went through a cluster of players and inside the far post without contact.   1 – 0.     

Within minutes Cirencester increased their lead when Williams took a free kick in the right corner and sent it to the back post where NAT JARVIS struck a right footed volley from 6 yards that hit a defender on its way into the back of the net.   2 – 0.

The first shot at goal from the visitors came quarter of an hour into the game when Lee Chaffey took an ambitious pot from 30 yards, left channel, that bounced near the penalty spot and into the waiting arms of Glyn Garner. This was quickly followed by a free kick from the left channel that reached Adam Murray at the back post but his header was safely caught by Garner.

The visitors were making a determined effort to get into the game and despite Cirencester enjoying plenty of possession it was Cambridge who created a couple of openings as a free kick on half way, right flank, reached Fejiri Okenabirhie, to the right of the 6 yard box, but he hurriedly shot over the bar on the turn. This was followed by Josh Dawkin shooting wide of the right post after he cut back on the left front edge of the penalty area.  Dawkin then sent a curling right footed free kick towards the far post from the left channel which was missed by everyone and gratefully gathered in by Garner.

On the half hour Cirencester kept possession in the left corner as Ellis Dunton, James Mortimer-Jones and Matt Liddiard exchanged passes before Liddiard played the ball back to Hooper who struck a fierce shot from 30 yards, left of centre, that required Jamie Head in the visitors goal to produce a superb full length diving save to his left to keep out.

As the half time interval was approaching Williams collected the ball just outside his penalty area, left side, and drove forward to the half way line before moving the ball on to Hooper down the centre. Hooper sent it out towards the right corner for Jarvis, back to Hooper, on to Mortimer-Jones and Dunton on the left, then into the left channel for Aidan Bennett who was upended by a strong tackle from the determined Murray. Danger cleared.  

Half Time:   2 - 0

Cirencester started the second half quickly as within the first minute Jarvis released Bennett down the left flank and he made ground along the side edge of the penalty area and fired a low cross towards the front edge of the 6 yard box where a covering Duran Reynolds cleared but it collected by Dunton on halfway, forward to Hooper, out to Bennett – another cross into the area led to a left wing corner kick.

The action and pressure on Cambridge was intense and eventually led to another goal as MARK PRITCHETT latched onto a corner kick on the front edge of the 6 yard box, turned and fired the ball into the roof of the net with the defender on the line unable to prevent it.  3 – 0.

The response from Cambridge was immediate as they broke down their left flank and crossed into the box where Okenabirhie was in space at the back post but he sliced his kick wide of the target from 8 yards.

Ten minutes into the half Liddiard collected a ball in the centre and moved it out to Ian Herring, overlapping on the right. Herring played it to Williams in the left channel and on to Jarvis on the flank and his dangerous cross to the back post was put behind for a right wing corner kick that was met by Dunton’s head and cleared from the goalmouth.

Cambridge refused to give up and Ieuan Lewis carried the ball down the right flank and when he reached the corner he sent a dangerous cross towards the penalty spot but the ever alert Gethin Jones was on hand to cut it off and launch a counter attack down the left flank.

On the hour mark Dunton took a throw to Liddiard who returned it and he then moved it on to Bennett, on the front edge of the box. Bennett looked as if he was going to take it across the front of the area but he back-heeled the ball into the path of Dunton who had run into space on the left side edge of the area. Dunton carried the ball to the bye-line before crossing towards the penalty spot for an incoming Williams but the ball was put behind for a corner kick.

A minute later NAT JARVIS received the ball on the right front corner of the area, turned and fired a ferocious left footed drive that crashed into the net from the underside of the bar. 4 – 0.

Shortly afterwards Jarvis clipped his shot wide of the right post from the left front edge of the area as Head came out to narrow his angle and a minute later it was Williams who repeated this after exchanging passes with Hooper.

The Lilywhites cause was made more difficult when they were reduced to ten men with quarter of an hour remaining as Chaffey left the pitch with a knee injury – the visitors had already made their three substitutions.

A series of passes just outside the visitor’s penalty area created an opening for Jacob Davidge (who had replaced Aidan Bennett) and his shot on the turn was deflected behind for a corner kick.

A few minutes later Cambridge suffered a further setback as Andrew Phillips was dismissed for an ‘off-the-ball’ incident with James Mortimer-Jones.

As the game drew to a close Jamie Head produced another superb diving save to his right to tip the ball round his post to thwart Dunton who had latched onto a clearance to fire a right footed volley, from the left front edge of the area, that looked destined for the inside of the left post.   

Final Score: 4 - 0

A very workmanlike performance from the Centurions who enjoyed plenty of possession, created plenty of openings and were well organised in defence.

Attendance: 113                                 

Referee:      Lee Forrester



1.   Glyn Garner
2.   Ian Herring              
3.   Ellis Dunton
4.   Mark Pritchett          (C)    
5.   Matt Liddiard
6.   Gethin Jones                     
7.   Brad Hooper              YC-45              
8.   James Mortimer-Jones
9.   Nat Jarvis      10.  Aidan Bennett
11.   Ed Williams

12.  Ben Wells                 (Matt Liddiard-70mins)  
14.  Leigh Henry             
15.  Jacob Davidge (Aidan Bennett-77mins)
16.  Jordan Ricketts        (Nat Jarvis-70mins)



1.   Jamie Head
2.   Ieuan Lewis               YC-45
3.   Lee Chaffey     (C)     YC-64
4.   Adam Murray             YC-45+1
5.   Duran Reynolds          YC-78
6.   Tom Pepper       
7.   Danny Kelly                        
8.   Buster Harradine    
9.   Andrew Phillips          RC-85
10.  Fejiri Okenabirhie             
11.  Josh Dawkin             

12.  Chris Bacon     (Danny Kelly-54mins)       YC-89
14.  Michael King    (Josh Dawkin-65mins)          
15.  Charlie Day     (Fejiri Okenabirhie-65mins)
16.  Oliver Emsden

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