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Southern League – Premier Division



Redditch United   0 – 1   Cirencester Town   

 Match Report by Dave Pyzer  

Cirencester travelled the M5 for their opening league fixture of the 2015-16 campaign to play Redditch United who finished two places above them last season in 6th place.

The match was played in extremely warm conditions on a hard, bumpy pitch that produced uneven and often high bounce rendering control difficult for both sides.

Shortly after kicking-off Cirencester created a move down their left flank that supplied the ball to Josh Parsons - he jinked inside and outside of a couple of challenges, taking him to the bye-line, before pulling the ball back across the front edge of the 6 yard box where it was cleared before a team-mate could reach it.

The home response was a break down their left channel and up to Jamey Osborne who was initially held up by Gethin Jones before moving to his right and striking a low drive just wide of the left post from 25 yards.

Cirencester created a couple of openings during the next ten minutes when first Parsons received an Ellis Dunton throw in the left corner and his skill produced a free kick that was headed clear near the penalty spot and then James Mortimer-Jones exchanged passes with Brad Hooper in the centre circle before moving the ball on to Parsons who fed Zack Kotwica in space on the left flank.  Kotwica’s trickery resulted in a corner kick on the left – this too was cleared by the home defence.

Redditch once again responded with a move down their right channel which culminated in a penalty kick being awarded as the area was entered.  George Carline stepped up and struck his kick towards the bottom left post but Garner had read his intent and dived to his right to save.

They quickly followed this with a quick break as Troy Baker made ground down their right flank to cross into the box where Ben Brown intercepted to concede a corner kick that Will Richards headed over from near the penalty spot.

On the mid-point of the half Kotwica fed Charlie Griffin to his right who in turn moved the ball left to a charging Dunton, in space in the left channel of the area, and as Dunton was about to shoot ‘keeper Raajan Gill challenged him and the ball broke free to Parsons on the centre front edge of the box. Parsons collected the ball, took a touch and fired it inside the left post as Referee Matt Jones blew his whistle to award a free kick to the home side.

The action then went down the Cirencester end of the pitch as Carline made a determined run down the left touchline before slipping the ball inside to Baker who laid it off to Osborne and he shot over the bar from the front edge of the area – left channel.

During the last quarter of an hour of the half Redditch put Cirencester under pressure and both central defenders, Leigh Henry and Ben Brown, received Yellow Cards for their efforts but the half closed with the Centurions in the home penalty area as a Dunton throw was cleared to Aidan Bennett who saw his right footed volley deflected for a corner kick. The kick was cleared to Parsons who drove it goal-wards but Gill pushed it wide for another corner kick. The half time whistle was blown before it could be taken.

Half Time:       0 – 0

Cirencester started the second half strongly as Dunton intercepted a clearance on the half way line and fed Griffin down the centre of the pitch. Griffin flicked the ball into the right channel of the area where Parsons latched on to it and fired a right footed volley, on the turn, just wide of the left post.

A few minutes later Bennett drove down the left flank, cut back and crossed to the back post where Griffin headed over.

During the next 15 minutes Redditch produced a couple of attacks that Osborne was involved in - as he shot wide of the left post from the centre front edge of the area and then he played a ball out to Baker who made ground down the right flank before crossing through the box.

Baker was soon in action again as he collected a ball on halfway and dashed down the right flank but he over-ran the ball as he entered the area enabling Garner to take it off his toe.

Cirencester had been pushing forward, down the slope, looking for a goal and they broke the deadlock in the 78th minute when Ross Langworthy, who had replaced the hard working Griffin, received a ball from Jones on the front edge of the centre circle and charged forward before releasing ZACK KOTWICA on his left.  Kotwica received the ball in space, in the left channel of the area, and as Gill advanced to close him down he calmly tucked it under the ‘keeper and inside the right post for a league debut goal.  0 – 1.

With 9 minutes remaining Kotwica nearly doubled the score when a Bennett cross from the right flank found him at the back post. The ‘keeper dashed across his goal-line to cover the post and it was enough to put his opponent off and the danger was over.

With five minutes remaining Langworthy collected a ball in the centre of the pitch, moved it out to Kotwica on the left who played it inside to Bennett and he shot over the bar from 25 yards – right of centre.  

Final Score:     0 - 1

The first half was quite a scrappy affair as neither side seemed able to keep the ball for long on the bumpy pitch and there were incidents at both ends.  The Cirencester defence held firm as the home side used their flanks well but they could not break down the home defence.

In the second half Cirencester were more dangerous going forward as they got to grips with the pitch and the introduction of Langworthy changed the game with his pace down the centre.   


Attendance:     302                                         

Referee:          Matt Jones


Redditch United:

1.   Raajan Gill

2.   Jamie Ashmore

3.   Calum Flanagan

4.   Robbie Bunn

5.   Jim Mutton                (C)

6.   Will Richards    

7.   Jamey Osborne               

8.   George Carline

9.   Jordan Archer                  

10.  Troy Baker

11.  Jamie Molyneux


12.  Jordan Liburd

14.  Luke Shearer                    (Jamie Molyneux-62mins)

15.  Remi Bell

16.  Liam Spink                      (Robbie Bunn-87mins)

17.  Josh Moreton  (GK)


Cirencester Town:

1.   Glyn Garner

2.   Gethin Jones

3.   Ellis Dunton

4.   Ben Brown

5.   Brad Hooper

6.   Leigh Henry     (C)    

7.   Aidan Bennett                 

8.   James Mortimer-Jones

9.   Charlie Griffin                  

10.  Josh Parsons

11.  Zack Kotwica 78


12.  Ross Langworthy              (Charlie Griffin-69mins)

14.  Jordan Ricketts                 (Josh Parsons-84mins)       

15.  Ben Wells

16.  Ollie Knight (Zack Kotwica-90+1mins)

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