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Pre-Season Friendly

 Cirencester Town   0 – 6  Partick Thistle


Match Report by Dave Pyzer   


Partick Thistle Football Club, of the Scottish Premiership, is currently training at Bath University in preparation for the upcoming season and to assess their progress they have arranged a couple of friendly matches against West Country sides - with Cirencester being the first followed by Bath City on Saturday 2nd July.

Their first competitive fixture is against Airdrieonians on 15th July in a League Cup tie so they are much more advanced in their preparations than Cirencester who only returned for training last week and so far have only had two sessions.

As is often the case with pre-season there are a number of players looking for clubs that need to be ‘looked-at’ so this fixture gave a good opportunity for the Cirencester Management Team to view the ‘new boys’ without too much expectation in terms of team-work and understanding.

To accommodate this there were eight changes to the starting eleven at half time and three substitutions during the second half to ensure everyone had some ‘game-time’.

The starting eleven had a completely new back five, with the exception of Ben Brown who has returned for pre-season, compared to last season but a more familiar look in terms of the midfield and forward positions - Charlie Griffin and Ollie Knight being joined up top by Jon Else in a 4-3-3 formation.


The visitors kicked-off on a heavy pitch, due to the incessant rain of the last couple of days, playing towards the Arena end of the ground and moved the ball across their back line and out to the right as they sought to get a feel for the weight of pass on the long grass playing surface – eventually winning the first corner kick of the match two minutes into the game from the right. James Penrice came across from left back to take the kick and sent it into the centre of the penalty area where it produced a second corner kick from the right which was headed wide of the right post.

Cirencester countered with a break down their left channel as Matt Liddiard headed the ball to Charlie Griffin who moved it out to Ollie Knight on the flank resulting in a throw-in and cross that produced a throw-in on the right flank that was easily defended by the visitors.

Six minutes in Partick Thistle once again attacked down their right flank through the busy David Syme and David Amoo resulting in another corner kick that debutant James Coates cleared with a solid header but back they came to earn another one following a long cross-field ball from the left flank. This time the kick was played short to Steven Lawless who cut left to the right front corner of the home penalty area before firing a low left footed shot towards the near post. Debutant ‘keeper Harvey Rivers was alert to the effort and saved inside his left post.

‘The Jags’ were enjoying plenty of possession as they probed the home defence and it was no surprise when they finally opened the scoring in the 11th minute after Amoo had received the ball on the right and driven down the side edge of the area before clipping it to the back post where Lawless was on hand to collect and slip inside to CHRIS ERSKINE who fired home from just inside the penalty area.  0-1.

The Cirencester response was a break down the centre of the pitch as Liddiard fed Knight and he in turn sent the ball out to the right flank for a charging Jon Else but unfortunately the ball was just too far in front of him enabling Partick Thistle to regain the ball.

A minute later Lawless had a pot at goal from 25 yards and his fierce strike struck the bar on its way out of play.

Just before the mid-point of the half Charlie Griffin won the ball 30 yards from the visitor’s goal but his right footed drive was blocked by a covering defender but they were soon back again and won a free kick in the right channel, 30 yards out. Another debutant, Scott Bevan, stepped up and sent his left footed kick towards the far post but unfortunately none of his new team-mates were able to latch onto it.

A few minutes before the half hour mark Ben Brown won a header that Griffin collected near the centre circle and slipped to his right for an advancing Adam Connolly who immediately fired a right footed shot wide of the left post from 25 yards.

Partick Thistle drove forward and the combination of Erskine and Lawless was again prominent as they exchanged passes on the left channel front edge of the home penalty area – Erskine continued his run to find space inside the area and get his shot away but Rivers managed to save with his legs.  

Cirencester responded as Bevan headed the ball down the line to Knight on the left flank and he played it inside to a supporting Liddiard who returned it the wide-man. Knight sent a deep cross to the back post where the visitors conceded a right wing corner kick.  Knight moved across to take the kick with his left foot and curled it towards the back post where Brown headed it wide of the post.

As the half entered the last ten minutes ‘The Jags’ doubled their lead when Kris Doolan sent a precise pass across the front edge of the home penalty area from the left to CHRIS ERSKINE, slightly left of centre, who shaped to shoot but instead let the ball run to collect with his right foot (taking out a couple of defenders in the process) and place his effort accurately inside the right post.  0-2.   

A couple of minutes later James Prentice latched onto a clearance and struck a superb left footed volley that struck the woodwork.

This was quickly followed by a third goal as Amoo played the ball through the home penalty area for STEVEN LAWLESS to collect and cut right, along the front edge of the area, before firing a right footed shot into the top left corner of the goal.  0-3.

Partick Thistle retained possession for the final few minutes of the half.

Half Time:       0 - 3

After the interval eight different players took to the field for Cirencester with only Matt Liddiard, James Mortimer-Jones and Adam Connolly returning for the second half as the team was a mixture of familiar faces and debutants.

Partick Thistle made three changes to their first half eleven.

The visitors quickly gained possession from the re-start and moved it around in their half for a couple of minutes but eventually Cirencester gained possession and six minutes into the half James Fowke passed it to an advancing Luke Ballinger who drove down the right channel before releasing Paul Fahy. The forward carried the ball into the right channel of the area but lost his footing as he prepared to shoot.

A feature of Partick’s play at this stage was short passing in their half as they moved forward and long diagonal balls out to the flanks to attack the Cirencester back line.

Seventeen minutes into the half Mathias Pogba (brother of French star Paul Pogba) received the ball in the right front channel of the home penalty area, cut back and fired a powerful shot at goal that Josh Langley parried onto his crossbar. As the ball rebounded and dropped down RYAN EDWARDS was already on the move and headed into the net from 2 yards.  0-4.

Two minutes later Penrice fired a 30 yarder from the left channel that struck the top right corner of the Cirencester goal.

Around the mid-point of the half there was a flurry of substitutions as both teams sought to ensure everyone had some ‘game-time’.

Half an hour into the half Partick Thistle scored their 5th as a cross from Michael McMullin on the left flank bounced off the chest of Langley and into the path of MATHIAS POGBA who gratefully tapped it into the net from 4 yards.  0-5.

Seven minutes later Partick scored their final goal when KEVIN NISBET  was played in near the right front edge of the Cirencester area and finished off the inside of the near post.  0-6.

During the last five minutes of the match Cirencester had a couple of opportunities to open their account as first Aidan Bennett received the ball on the right front corner of the Partick penalty area and cut left to fire a fierce drive just over the crossbar and then Alex Dinsmore latched onto a loose kick from Conor Cullen but the young ‘keeper recovered to save the resulting shot with his legs.

Alex Dinsmore was in action again shortly afterwards when he drove down the right flank but he was unable to find a team-mate with his pass as he entered the Partick penalty area.

Final Score:     0 - 6

A good work-out for everyone involved on a heavy pitch.

It is too early in the training programme to make any serious assessment of the potential of the Cirencester squad as they competed against higher level opponents who are well advanced in their preparations for the new season.


The next pre-season friendly is an away fixture at Brimscombe & Trupp on Saturday 2nd July – hope to see you there.


Attendance:     146                                                      

Referee:          Dale Wootton



First Half:

1.   Harvey Rivers
2.   James Coates                                
3.   Scott Bevan
4.   Ben Brown                          
5.   Matt Liddiard   (C)            
6.   Tom Hoskins                                  
7.   Adam Connolly                               
8.   James Mortimer-Jones
9.   Charlie Griffin                  
10.  Jon Else                            
11.  Ollie Knight


Second Half:

1.   Josh Langley
2.   Luke Ballinger                    
3.   Ben Prictor            
4.   James Fowke
5.   Matt Liddiard/Caleb Youngsan      
6.   Mark Francis                                 
7.   Adam Connolly/Alex Dinsmore
8.   James Mortimer-Jones/Arron Ferris
9.   Paul Fahy
10.  Aidan Bennett
11.  Elliott Green


First Half:

 1.   Ryan Scully
 2.   David Syme                                   
 3.   James Penrice
 4.   Sean Welsh                                  
 5.   Danny Devine                    
 6.   Trialist                             
 7.   David Amoo                                  
 8.   Ryan Edwards
 9.   Kris Doolan                       
10.   Chris Erskine                    
11.   Steven Lawless


Second Half:

12.   Conor Cullen
 2.   David Syme/16.  Trialist               
 3.   James Penrice/20.  Michael McMullin
19.   David Wilson                                
15.   Trialist                
 6.   Trialist                             
 7.   David Amoo/17.  Kevin Nisbet       
 8.   Ryan Edwards
 9.   Kris Doolan                       
10.   Chris Erskine/14. Mathias Pogba  
11.   Steven Lawless/18.  Declan McDaid

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