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Evo-Stik Southern League 2018/19

Division 1 South

 

Paulton Rovers  0 – 3  Cirencester Town

Click   photo to view a slideshow of photos from the match

Courtesy of Steve Rolfe Photography


Cirencester kept their ‘play-off’ hopes on track as they recorded another victory on the road at Paulton Rovers in a game marred by two dismissals for their hosts.

Over the years Winterfield Road has been a testing destination for Cirencester and with their hosts in a reasonable run of form – drew with Blackfield & Langley, defeated Moneyfields in their last six games - this match was no different.

The ‘6-Match Form Guide’ table places them 13th and the League table 16th whilst Cirencester were 3rd and 4th respectively.

In anticipation of a tough encounter Manager Charlie Griffin added more experience to the back line as Adam Connolly returned at centre back and Ellis Dunton moved to left back. After his successful introduction off the bench in their last match Tommy Anderson returned to the starting eleven.

 

Paulton kicked off proceedings – playing down the slope and with a strong wind behind them – to attack down their right flank and once repelled Cirencester responded by working back down their left flank to win a series of ‘throw-ins’.

Six minutes into the game former Centurion Ben Prictor jumped into a tackle with Tommy Anderson and was awarded a Yellow Card but the resultant free kick was initially headed out for Mike Pook to fire wide of the target from just outside the home penalty area.

Paulton responded to send the ball to the right corner and when the cross came in Sam Jordan attempted an ambitious overhead kick that sailed over the bar.

A couple of minutes later Pook was in the thick of it as he conceded a corner kick when he took the ball of an opponent’s toe as he shaped to shoot and then headed the corner kick clear.

At this stage the contest was fairly even and end-to-end but with no clear efforts to test the ‘keepers, but as the half hour approached Kyle Mountford was shown a straight Red Card following a tackle on Ben Whitehead – much to the annoyance of the home support.

Shortly afterwards Liam Monelle received a Yellow Card for handball and this was followed by one for Captain Jamie Laing as he argued his case – presumably too vociferously.

As the interval loomed Cirencester pressed down both flanks without seriously testing the home defence and the final action of the half was a Ryan Gay shot straight into the grateful arms of Mat Wieczorek.  

Half Time:  0-0

Immediately from the re-start Cirencester produced a five pass move that took them from the kick to left back, through the centre to the right corner – could this be the start of some flowing football the visiting fans asked.

A minute later another move down the right flank created room for Whitehead to shoot – into the arms of Adam Forster.

Cirencester were showing signs of making their one man advantage pay as Jack Freeman displayed some clever footwork as he dribbled to the right channel front edge of the home penalty area before slipping the ball through for Alan Griffin to collect in the right channel of the area. As Griffin shaped to shoot he was unceremoniously dumped to the ground – PENALTY KICK awarded by the Referee who was maybe 15 yards away from the incident. Before the kick could be taken Prictor was shown his second Yellow Card and dismissed.

During the aftermath of the penalty award BEN WHITEHEAD was patiently waiting to take the spot kick and when he did he drove it inside the left post to open the scoring.  0-1.    

With their two-man advantage Cirencester were able to work the ball across the pitch as they probed down their flanks but they were finding it difficult to open up their hosts.

With a two-man advantage and the mid-point of the half approaching Ellis Dunton moved inside to take over from the departing Adam Connolly as JORDAN MORRIS was introduced at left back and within a minute it paid dividends when Morris fed Aidan Bennett and galloped forward to collect the return pass and as he entered the left channel of the home sides penalty area he struck a fierce shot at the near post that took a slight deflection en-route to the back of the net.  0-2.

A few minutes later a Morris cross from the left flank towards the far post was headed out for a corner kick that reached Babz Jarra at the back post and he promptly sent it back into the mix near the front edge of the 6 yard box where ELLIS DUNTON diverted it inside the far right post.  0-3.

With the advantage of two men and three goals Cirencester were able to control the game and work the ball from side to side searching for gaps and a fine move created room for Freeman to fire over the bar followed by Bennett shooting narrowly wide of the left post.

To their credit Paulton continued to battle and Lewis Dix and Monelle made driving runs down their right channel to the edge of the Cirencester penalty area where they were outnumbered.

As the game was drawing to a close Anderson displayed some nifty footwork as he reached the right corner – past two would-be challengers - before supplying Freeman who slipped past his marker to shoot but blocked.

Full Time:   0-3

A game played in difficult conditions – cold, strong wind from end-to-end and a bumpy pitch – but it was competitive.

Cirencester showed character during the first half and finally secured victory in the second.

 

Attendance:  136                                

Referee:   Declan O’Shea          

 

PAULTON ROVERS:

1.   Adam Forster
2.   Mitch Tippins
3.   Ben Prictor
4.   Joe Hillard
5.   Jamie Laird     (C)
6.   Kyle Mountford
7.   Liam Monelle
8.   Dale Evans
9.   Sam Jordan
10.  Lewis Dix
11.  Ryan Gay

12.  Jack Ball                                        (Sam Jordan-76mins)
14.  Ben Withey                                    (Ryan Gay-62mins)
15.  Jay Malpas                                    (Mitch Tippins-82mins)
16.  Nestor Shako
17.  Ali Sen

 

CIRENCESTER TOWN:

1.   Mateusz Wieczorek
2.   Will Christopher
3.   Ellis Dunton                                                71
4.   Mike Pook
5.   Baboucarr Jarra
6.   Jack Freeman
7.   Aidan Bennett
8.   Adam Connolly
9.   Alan Griffin     (C)
10.  Ben Whitehead                                          52p
11.  Tommy Anderson

12.  Jordan Morris                                (Adam Connolly-65mins)  66
14.  Louis Spalding
15.  James Mortimer-Jones                  (Ben Whitehead-85mins)                                 
16.  Owen Windsor                                (Alan Griffin-73mins)
17.  Scott Rose  (GK)    

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