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Evo Stik Southern League 2016/17

Premier Division


Kings Langley  1 - 0  Cirencester Town


Click  photo to view a slideshow of photos from the match

Courtesy of Steve Rolfe Photography


Following their excellent performances and results during the Easter Weekend - when they obtained victories over Slough Town and Weymouth to provide the possibility of a ‘great escape’ in terms of relegation from the Premier Division - Cirencester travelled to Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, for the final league match of the season requiring victory to stand any chance of remaining in the Premier Division.

In addition they had to hope that St. Neots would be victorious at Cambridge to ensure that Premier Division football would be returning to The Corinium Stadium next season.

The Kings Langley side was also under pressure as they too needed the points to give them a chance of staying in the Premier Division. The Cambridge result had a bearing on what Division they would be playing football in next season.

In terms of the Premier Division table Kings Langley were in 20th place with 44 points to Cirencester’s 22nd place with 42 points so only a win would do for Cirencester but based on the ‘6-Match Form Guide’ - Cirencester were in 6th place to Kings Langley’s 17th - it looked encouraging.

In September Kings Langley defeated Cirencester 1-0 at The Corinium Stadium.

Taking all the above into account this was always going to be a difficult fixture due to what was at stake for both sides and so it proved.

The Cirencester starting eleven had a couple of changes in personnel from the last league match against Weymouth as Matt Coupe returned in place of Ben Brown and Aidan Bennett replaced Dan Demkiv – having completed his suspension. Ben and Dan took seats on the bench.


The home side kicked off on a sunny day in front of their biggest home gate of the season (645) but Cirencester soon attacked down their right flank as Alan Griffin, Danny Gudger and Aidan Bennett combined to send the ball in the direction of Kerry Morgan on the left flank where it was intercepted. A promising start for the visitors.

The home side responded with a strong run from left back Mayo Balogun to the front left corner of the Cirencester penalty area. Once there he cut right and shot but his effort was deflected by a covering Matt Liddiard and looped towards the right channel of the box where Steve Ward attempted a right footed volley that was wide of the target.

Once again Cirencester worked the ball down their right flank – Matt Coupe to James Mortimer-Jones, inside to Adam Connolly, back to Ryan Elliott, forward to Mortimer-Jones and on to Bennett resulting in a throw-in to Cirencester near the right corner. Following the throw the ball reached Mortimer-Jones, left front channel of the home penalty area, and his firm volley was safely caught by the well positioned ‘keeper Xavi Comas.

Leading up to the 15 minute mark the home side began to press and won a couple of corner kicks that Cirencester survived with Ollie Cox firing an ambitious volley on the turn over the bar as a Cirencester clearance was sent back into the box.

The Cirencester response was to create an opening for Danny Gudger who toe-poked his effort just wide of the right post when released by Griffin and Bennett heading the ball into his path.

The game became scrappy as the two sides fought for control but Jerry Amoo (a former West Ham United starlet) had looked threatening with a couple of runs at pace down the left flank and it was he who provided the low cross that led to the Kings Langley goal as he darted down the left side edge of the Cirencester penalty area and slipped it past an advancing Glyn Garner towards the far right post where STEVE WARD made ground to finish from a couple of yards.  1-0.  

During the next five minutes or so Cirencester were awarded a couple of free kick in the centre circle that Garner accurately sent to the left side edge of the home penalty area where Ellis Dunton arrived to powerfully head towards the penalty spot. From the first of which Mortimer-Jones had his shot blocked and it fell to Griffin and his effort was safely gathered by Comas.

In the lead-up to the interval Cirencester continued to press but the home defence held firm to keep their lead intact.

Half Time:  1-0

The home side came out of the blocks very quickly after the break with Amoo prominent as he crossed from the left – Garner making the catch easily – and burst down the flank to win a corner kick.

After this initial thrust from the home side Cirencester began to settle as Coupe, Liddiard, Connolly and Elliott worked the ball down their right flank to Dan Demkiv (who had replaced Morgan) for him to charge to the corner – winning a corner kick. When Gudger sent the kick towards the penalty spot Griffin produced a header that passed the wrong side of the left post although Liddiard nearly reached it with his out-stretched leg.  

A few minutes later Bennett charged into the home penalty area and under challenge fell to ground but the well placed Referee turned down his appeal for a penalty kick – correctly in the view of this observer.

By the mid-point of the half Cirencester were putting the home defence under pressure as they probed for an opening and during this period a Dunton throw-in from the left reached Griffin who headed narrowly wide of the left post.

As the game entered the last 15 minutes Connolly fed Dunton on the left touch-line and he headed the ball into the path of Liddiard as he burst forward to the left front corner of the Kings Langley penalty area. Once there he struck a right footed shot across the box towards the far right post where it passed by without contact from defender or team-mate.

As Cirencester pressed on both flanks Kings Langley mounted a counter attack down their right flank and due to his defence being on the half way line Garner dashed from his area to clear. Spotting an opportunity the home side punted the ball towards the empty goal where Demkiv popped up to make the necessary clearance.

With the clock ticking down Sam Tring launched a clearance down-field for Amoo to collect on their left flank. As he cut-in Elliott blocked his cross and cleared the danger.

In added-time Cirencester were awarded a free kick in the left channel, 35 yards out, and with his team-mates crowding the home box Elliott took the kick. He spotted Comas advancing in anticipation so he sent the ball towards goal instead and with the ‘keeper urgently back-peddling it just cleared the cross-bar.

Moments later the final whistle was blown and it was all up for Cirencester.

Full Time:  1-0

Cirencester had a lot of possession during this match, especially during the second half, but never really tested the home ‘keeper due to the solid defence in front of him.

The home side looked very dangerous early on through the pace of Jerry Amoo and once they had their goal they defended with conviction – similar to the performances of their opponents in the last two matches against Slough and Weymouth.

In the end ‘the great escape’ was not to be although the late surge to obtain the unexpected points mentioned earlier made it an interesting conclusion to the season.

A number of Cirencester supporters had made the journey to Kings Langley in addition to those travelling on the coach and this is reflected in the huge gate that witnessed proceedings.


Attendance:     645

Referee:          Christopher Wicks


Kings Langley:

 1.  Xavi Comas
 2.  Jack Pattison
 3.  Mayo Balogun
 4.  Jorell Johnson     (C)
 5.  Sam Tring
 6.  Dean Hitchcock
 7.  Steve Ward                                            27
 8.  Lee Stobbs
 9.  Lewis Toomey
10.  Ollie Cox
11.  Jerry Amoo

12.  Kieran Turner                               (Steve Ward-82mins)                          
14.  Chris Gosling
15.  Jack Waldren
16.  Josh Coldicott-Stevens                  (Ollie Cox-67mins)                   
17.  Gary Connolly                               (Jerry Amoo-91mins)


Cirencester Town:

 1.   Glyn Garner
 2.   Ryan Elliott
 3.   Ellis Dunton
 4.   James Mortimer-Jones>&n
 5.   Matt Liddiard     (C)
 6.   Matt Coupe           
 7.   Kerry Morgan
 8.   Adam Connolly
 9.   Alan Griffin
10.   Danny Gudger
11.   Aidan Bennett      

12.   Henry Spalding                             (Danny Gudger-59mins)
14.   Dan Demkiv                                  (Kerry Morgan-51mins)
15.   Lewis Thompson                           (James Mortimer-Jones-69mins)
16.   Ben Brown                        
17.   Charlie Griffin

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