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Pre-Season 2018-19



Malmesbury Victoria   0 – 4   Cirencester Town

Match Report by Dave Pyzer


Cirencester travelled the short distance to Malmesbury for their second pre-season friendly on grass and were surprised to find a very green pitch despite the prolonged period of very dry weather.

Malmesbury played in the Western League Division 1 last season but have transferred to the Hellenic League Division 1 West for the upcoming season where they will face the Cirencester Town Development Team.

The Cirencester starting eleven contained four of the new players that have been involved in the pre-season friendly matches in Mason Hathaway, Jack Freeman, Dan Wheeler and Owen Windsor.

The game was spit into 4 periods due to the weather and during the first quarter Cirencester pressed down both flanks, with driving runs from Tommy Anderson and Owen Windsor, but were unable to open their account despite pressure from Aidan Bennett and Dan Wheeler.

Mid-way into the half the teams stopped for a ‘Drinks Break’ and three minutes after this a period of Cirencester pressure followed as they moved the ball from left to right and back again resulted in a cross from the by-line by Bennett that eventually reached Ellis Dunton near the right channel front edge of the home penalty area. Dunton controlled the ball on his chest and as it dropped struck a measured right footed volley that looked destined for the top left corner until ‘keeper Ant Brown leapt to push it over his bar.

The visitors finally opened the scoring when another strong run from promising youngster Owen Windsor, down the left flank, resulted in a cross to the near post that Aidan Bennett flicked on towards the far post. Home ‘keeper Brown could only push the effort out and into the path of a supporting JACK FREEMAN who finished from a couple of yards.  0-1.

Minutes later Krystian Hext collected a free kick near the penalty spot but Matt Wieczorek in the Cirencester goal was quickly out to block.

As the half was drawing to a close Windsor was heavily involved making a number of driving runs towards the home penalty area that produced a free kick, a corner kick and shots from Bennett and Henry Spalding.

Half Time:  0-1

A number of changes in personnel were made during the interval and one of these, Jordan Morris, produced a weaving run that took him down the left channel to the penalty area where his shot was saved by Brown.

Ten minutes into the half Cirencester doubled their tally when a corner kick from the right dropped at the feet of ALAN GRIFFIN, after Ben Whitehead and Brown had challenged for the ball, and the striker made no mistake from the edge of the 6 yard box.  0-2.   

Malmesbury responded well to this setback and enjoyed their best spell of the game leading up to the second ‘Drinks Break’ as Matty Jenkins headed wide of the left post, Josh Hughes struck the cross-bar with a ‘cross-cum-shot’ from the left flank, and Hext fired over the bar from 25 yards.

In reply Henry Spalding had a couple of long range efforts – one over the bar and the other stopped by Brown.

Four minutes after the ‘break’ Morris received a ball down the left channel and carried it into the penalty area, drawing Brown, before slipping it right to an unmarked ALAN GRIFFIN who stepped back inside the recovering ‘keeper before flicking it into the net.  0-3.     

Shortly afterwards JORDAN MORRIS completed the scoring when he collected a through ball to drive home from left of the penalty spot.  0-4.  

In the final minute Whitehead received the ball from Morris, took it into the penalty area - right channel, rounded Brown towards by-line, and struck a right footed effort against the right post.

Full Time:   0-4

Another good work-out in warm conditions that helps fitness and understanding as the teams prepare for the new season.



Ant Brown, Scott Reynolds, Joe Wych, Krystian Hext, Josh Hughes, George Stone, Kyle Witt, Matty Jenkins, Shane Bumphrey, Jamie Packer, Jasper Marsh, Ryan Collins, Harrison Archer, Joe Tranter, Ashley Kendall, Sam Parker.



Matt Wieczorek, Will Christopher, Mason Hathaway , Jack Freeman, Ellis Dunton (Louis Spalding 45), Mason Lewis, Tommy Anderson (Jordan Morris 45), Henry Spalding, Aidan Bennett (Alan Griffin 45), Dan Wheeler (Ben Whitehead 45), Owen Windsor.


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