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Pre-Season Friendly

Cirencester Town   2 – 1  Royal Wootton Bassett Town

 

Cirencester once again faced Hellenic Premier Division opposition, in the form of former tenants Royal Wootton Bassett Town, for their latest pre-season friendly at the Corinium Stadium.

There were a few familiar faces in the ‘Bassett’ squad as Adam Corcoran, Sam Packer and Nathan Hawkins have all previously turned out for the Centurions.

With the final pre-season friendly match against Forest Green Rovers looming and the start of the new league season only eleven days away Manager Brian Hughes selected a side that looked likely to be his starting eleven for the visit to Redditch United. Glyn Garner made his first appearance of the season and Mark Pritchett and Ian Herring were on the bench due to their early season suspensions that will render them unavailable for the first few games.

Cirencester kicked off playing towards the 'Shed' end of the ground on a cold evening, especially for July, and within the first 3 minutes James Mortimer-Jones latched onto a defensive clearance from the visitors and struck a right footed volley over the bar from 25 yards – left channel.

A couple of minutes later ‘Bassett’ were awarded a free kick on the left touchline which was floated towards the left side edge of the 6 yard box where Dan Bailey made a darting run to strike a volley wide of the target.

The Cirencester response was a break down their right flank through Ross Langworthy who moved the ball on to Brad Hooper in the right channel and his shot went wide of the far left post.

Langworthy was in the action again a couple of minutes later when he collected a headed flick from Aidan Bennett on the left and drove down the left channel and into the box. His progress came to an end when a defender conceded a corner kick that was over-hit - clearing everyone in the penalty area.

Just after the quarter of an hour mark Ellis Dunton played the ball up to Charlie Griffin who laid it off to a supporting Bennett and he struck a low right footed shot from 25 yards, left channel, that looked destined for the bottom left corner of the net but Curtis Meare in the ‘Bassett’ goal dived to his right to push the ball behind for a corner kick.

Cirencester were moving the ball around quickly and increasing the pressure on their visitors and a succession of passes involving Hooper and Griffin resulted in a cross from the right that produced a miss-cued attempted clearance that Langworthy pounced on to drive down the right channel of the area before shooting over the bar.

This was quickly followed by a series of reaction saves from Meare as Dunton crossed from the left to the head of Griffin, in space on the far side of the 6 yard box, and his powerful header was parried by the ‘keeper but fell to Josh Parsons – his effort was blocked and rebounded to Langworthy who had his shot saved.

The action quickly went to the other end as Bailey won a ball on the right, cut in and shot towards the far left post but it was deflected behind for a corner kick.

On the half hour several passes on the right flank created an opening for Griffin to shoot from the right channel of the area but his effort was tipped over the bar by Meare for a corner kick.

Within minutes Griffin was thwarted again by Meare who produced a point blank save after Hooper had pulled a ball back to the striker from the right side bye-line.

With ten minutes of the half remaining Dunton played a ball out of defence up to Parsons on the left flank, back to Hooper, inside to Langworthy, as he dashed forward to support, who shot wide of the right post from the edge of the box.

The final action of the half again involved Dunton as he collected a ball on half way and made a strong, direct run at the ‘Bassett’ defence, down the left channel, that took him to near the bye-line before slipping it to Bennett in the corner. Bennett’s cross failed to pick out his team-mates and the seconds later the half time whistle was blown. 

Half Time:       0 – 0

The first effort at goal came from Cirencester, six minutes into the half, when a Langworthy free kick from the left corner was headed over the bar by Gethin Jones at the back post.

Shortly afterwards a free kick from the right flank found the head of Dunton, on the left side edge of the area, and he sent it towards the penalty spot where it was cleared to Leigh Henry on the front edge of the box, left of centre, who immediately shot, left footed, wide of the right post.

Quarter of an hour into the half Cirencester mounted a move down their right flank involving Bennett, Parsons, Langworthy and Hooper who had his shot from the left front edge of the penalty area blocked.

Cirencester had created a number of chances up to this point but to no avail and it was the visitors who opened the scoring when substitute JACK ELLIS latched onto a loose ball in the right channel of the area and slipped the ball under the advancing Glyn Garner.  0 – 1.  

Within five minutes the scores were level again as Brad Hooper collected a ball on the right of the centre circle and sent a deep, raking ball to the left corner where Dunton directed a header into the path of Ollie Knight as he dashed down the left side edge of the penalty area. The resulting tackle produced a corner kick that Jordan Ricketts sent to the back post where Ben Brown was on hand and his header was not gathered cleanly enabling CHARLIE GRIFFIN to pounce from close range.  1 – 1.

The Centurions took the lead eight minutes later after a series of passes from left to right created space for Ian Herring to send a long cross from the flank towards the penalty spot where JOSH PARSONS in space, controlled, turned and fired into the top right corner of the goal as the defenders looked for an ‘offside’ decision.  2 – 1.

As the game was drawing to a close Ricketts embarked on a ‘mazy’ run, as he cut in from the right flank to the front edge of the area, that took him past several challenges before finally shooting over the bar with his left foot.

The last goalmouth action of the match was at the Cirencester end as a move down the ‘Bassett’ right flank resulted in a ball across the front edge of the area where Dale Richards fired a low left footed shot that Garner pushed round his right post for a corner kick.

Final Score:     2 - 1

This was an entertaining game and a much better performance from the Centurions with many quick, passing moves. There are signs of a developing partnership between Charlie Griffin and Josh Parsons.

Of the newcomers Ross Langworthy took up some good positions and supported well whilst Ben Brown looked composed in defence.

‘Bassett’ have a good young side that defended well, with Adam Corcoran prominent, and looked very mobile.  Best wishes for the new season. 

 

Referee:          Ademola Olagunju

 

CIRENCESTER TOWN:

 1.   Glyn Garner

 2.   Gethin Jones                                            

 3.   Ellis Dunton

 4.   Ben Brown                         

 5.   Brad Hooper                     

 6.   Leigh Henry   (C)                          

 7.   Ross Langworthy                           

 8.   James Mortimer-Jones

 9.   Charlie Griffin                  66 mins                       

10.   Josh Parsons                     78 mins           

11.   Aidan Bennett

 

12.   Mark Pritchett                 

14.   Ian Herring                       (Gethin Jones-62mins)

15.   Jordan Ricketts                (Ross Langworthy-62mins)

16.   Ollie Knight                       (Aidan Bennett-62mins)

17.   Ben Wells             

18.   Connor Thompson GK        

 

ROYAL WOOTTON BASSETT TOWN:

  1.   Curtis Meare

  2.   Dan Comar

  3.   Dale Richards                              

  4.   Adam Corcoran                

  5.   George Drewitt                

  6.   Richie Carter                               

  7.   Sam Packer

  8.   Steve Olphert                  

  9.   Dan Bailey                       

 10.   Ryan Thomas                   

 11.   Nathan Gambling             

 

 12.   Jack Ellis                         61 mins            

 14.   Nathan Hawkins              

 15.   Steve Yeardley                

 16.   Callum Wright                 

 17.   Matt Cheetham

 18.   Harvey Scholes    

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