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Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division

Cirencester Town 2 – 0 Truro City

Match Report by Dave Pyzer


The White Tigers from Truro City were the latest visitors to the Corinium Stadium for a clash between two possible play-off contenders.

Truro, who are 4th in the league table, are in a good run of form achieving 13 points out of a possible 18 to put them 5th in the 6 match form guide table whilst the Centurions are 7th in the league and 8th in the form guide (12 points from the 18 available).

In the reverse fixture Cirencester overturned a 1-0 deficit to win 4-1 and no doubt Truro would be keen to avenge this result and maintain their play-off position.

There was one change to the starting eleven for the home side as Ed Williams returned in place of Nat Jarvis who sustained a hamstring injury playing for his University team in mid-week. Williams took a position on the right flank with Aidan Bennett moving to the central striker role.

Kyle Pitts returned to the bench after a few exploits in the Development Team with Leigh Henry moving in the opposite direction to have a run out on his way back from his long term injury.

Truro kicked off playing towards the Arena end of the ground and the visitors were the first to have a shot at goal with Danny Greenslade’s ambitious, low effort from 30 yards easily stopped by Glyn Garner in the home goal.  

A couple of minutes later Ellis Dunton sent a high lob from the left flank towards the penalty spot that bounced over visiting ‘keeper Kyle Moore and wide of the right post.

This was followed by an exchange of passes between Matt Liddiard and Ed Williams on the right flank and a ball inside the fullback for Aidan Bennett to collect in the corner before sending a low cross that a darting Jacob Davidge nearly reached at the near post.

In the 10th minute there was a moment of controversy as Gethin Jones launched a ball from the right flank down the centre of the pitch. Jacob Davidge chased after it and looked like he would reach it until ‘keeper Moore handled outside his penalty area. Referee Christopher Kidd had a big decision to make as Moore was the last man and had prevented a goal-scoring opportunity – in the end he elected to award a Yellow Card to the ‘keeper. Mark Pritchett took the free kick from just outside the area, slightly right of centre, but his low effort was comfortably cleared.

Cirencester were playing some neat, quick passing football against their much larger opponents and their movement was causing the visitors problems and quarter of an hour into the match Ian Herring was involved in a couple of forward moves as he received a lay-back from Williams in the right corner and sent a cross towards the back post where once again Davidge was darting in to get on the end of it. On this occasion Moore managed to arch his back to keep the ball out -despite the appeal from Davidge that it had crossed the line.

Herring then carried the ball down the right before cutting inside a covering challenge to power a curling shot from 30 yards wide of the right post.

A couple of minutes later an exchange of quick passes on the right, in a tight area, between Brad Hooper, Liddiard, Herring and James Mortimer-Jones created the space for Mortimer-Jones to move the ball on to Dunton, 10 yards inside the Truro half – slightly left of centre, and he drove at the visiting defence, passing several opponents, but his shot from the front edge of the penalty area was diverted wide of the target.

Cirencester were rewarded for their efforts in the 24th minute when a ball down the right flank was neatly flicked inside by Bennett, 10 yards inside his half and back to goal, for Mortimer-Jones to collect. Mortimer-Jones looked up and seeing a huge gap down the centre sent a precision weighted pass into the path of JACOB DAVIDGE who advanced into the space and calmly placed his left footed shot inside the left post from a couple of yards outside the area, left of centre.  1 – 0.

This setback spurred Truro into action and Les Afful chased a ball into the right corner where he managed to slip it inside to a team-mate who pulled it back from the bye-line to Danny Green on the right front edge of the penalty area but Green blazed his effort high over the bar.

This action was quickly followed by a driving run from Shane Krac on the left side of the penalty area and as he crossed from the bye-line a covering Pritchett managed to cut it off whilst sliding and scoop it wide before it could cross the line for a corner kick.  

The final ten minutes of the half became a little ‘tetchy’ as Truro searched for an equaliser and they were awarded a free kick 25 yards out in the left channel but Palmer drove it high over the bar.

As the half drew to a close there was a long delay as Referee Kidd took advice from his Assistant, lectured Arran Pugh and Bennett and finally awarded them both Yellow Cards.


Half Time:   1 - 0


The second half started very briskly as within the first five minutes both teams had attempts at goal – Williams shot wide of the target from the left front edge of the area and Palmer wide of the right post from 30 yards, right channel.

Dunton then collected a ball on the left side of the centre circle and produced a driving run, riding challenges, before releasing the ball to Williams on the right flank who made ground before crossing - but it was blocked and cleared.

This was to be Dunton’s last positive action in the game as a few minutes later he left the pitch on a stretcher having injured his left knee in a challenge with Matthew Wright on the left touchline.

Ben Wells replaced him and took his usual position in midfield with Liddiard dropping to left back.

Shortly afterwards a free kick on the right reached Pugh on the left side of the home penalty area but his right footed shot on the turn was straight into the arms of Garner.

Midway into the half Cirencester increased their lead as Ben Wells won the ball in the Truro half of the centre circle and clipped a ball over and behind the visitor’s defence for JACOB DAVIDGE to run onto and he advanced down the left channel before unleashing a left footed shot through the narrowest of gaps inside the left post from the left front corner of the penalty area.  2 – 0.  

Ten minutes later Krac shot wide of the left post from 25 yard out, left channel.

Truro were making a determined effort to get a goal back and thought they had found a way when a low corner kick from the right reached the near post where two opponents challenged for the ball and as it rebounded off them the home defender tried to clear it but missed the ball and caught his opponent. The visiting supporters behind the home goal shouted PENALTY and the referee duly pointed to the spot.

Substitute Cody Cooke stepped up to take the kick and the length of his run-up suggested he would put ball and ‘keeper into the back of the net if the ‘keeper managed to get in the way. In the event his kick to the bottom right corner was not as powerful as anticipated and Garner guessed correctly to pull off a fine save.

Following the penalty kick an incensed Brian Hughes remonstrated with the referee and was sent to the Stand.

As the clock reached normal full time Greenslade crossed from the left flank to the back post but Cooke was unable to reach it.

Two minutes into time-added-on Wells took a long ball on his chest in the right corner and managed to work his way to the bye-line before crossing. His cross was blocked in the 6 yard box and came out to Bennett on the front edge of the penalty area, right of centre, and he immediately fired it back towards the inside of the right post but Moore stretched out a leg to block it.


Final Score: 2 - 0


This was a determined performance from the Centurions who were keen to make up for the defeat suffered last week at Weymouth.

They were up against a much taller side in a good run of form but stuck to their task with discipline and commitment playing some attractive football in the early stages.

It would seem churlish to pick players out from such a good team effort but later in the match bodies were put on the line with Ian Herring making two particularly strong challenges, Gethin Jones read the game well throughout and made a number of important interceptions, Aidan Bennett stuck to his task despite the buffeting from his opponents who were probably a foot taller than him, and in the lively Jacob Davidge they had a match winner who took his goals superbly.

The Centurions travel to St. Neots next week for another tough encounter against a side who are one point and one place above them in the league table.

Attendance: 137                                

Referee:      Christopher Kidd

 

CIRENCESTER TOWN:

1.   Glyn Garner
2.   Ian Herring              
3.   Ellis Dunton
4.   Mark Pritchett          (C)    
5.   Matt Liddiard            YC-80mins
6.   Gethin Jones                     
7.   Brad Hooper              YC-45              
8.   James Mortimer-Jones
9.   Jacob Davidge
10.  Aidan Bennett                    YC-41mins
11.   Ed Williams

12.  Ben Wells                 (Ellis Dunton-55mins)     
14.  Jordan Ricketts         (Ed Williams-78mins)                
15.  Ollie Knight              (Jacob Davidge-83mins)
16.  Kyle Pitts

 

TRURO CITY:

1.    Kyle Moore                         YC-10mins
2.   Shane White            
3.   Daniel Greenslade     
4.   Jake Ash                  (C)              
5.   Robert Farkins                   YC-83mins            
6.   Arran Pugh                YC-41mins      
7.   Danny Green                      
8.   Edward Palmer    
9.   Matthew Wright
10.  Les Afful                 
11.  Shane Krac               

12.  Barry Hales              (Les Afful-83mins)         
14.  Cody Cooke              (Edward Palmer-66mins)          
15.  Craig Duff                (Matthew Wright-66mins)
16.  Daniel Sullivan
17.  Ryan Brett      

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