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League Challenge Cup 2019/20

Second Round

 

Cirencester Town  2 – 1 Yate Town

Match Report by Dave Pyzer

 

Yate Town of the Southern League Premier Division made their second visit to The Corinium Stadium this season for a cup tie and once again lost by the odd goal in three.

 

During the last three weeks Cirencester have played little football due to their opponents having a water-logged pitch or FA Trophy matches taking priority and as a result a ‘friendly’ match against Weston-super-Mare was organised on Saturday to give them a ‘run-out’ in preparation for this match.

Whilst there has been little competitive action on the pitch there has been some behind the scenes as Manager Charlie Griffin has taken the opportunity to recruit Toumani Sidibe and Ashley Harper.

 

The visitors kicked off, playing towards The Shed End of the ground on the slick surface - following the steady rain earlier in the day, but it was Cirencester Academy player Levi Irving (in his first start for the team) who posed the first threat to the visitors as he charged to the right corner to cross the ball into the box within the opening minute. 

Yate responded as they worked the ball forward through Luke Spokes and Ollie Mehew to Jack Twyman who saw his shot blocked by Will Wellon, followed by a corner kick that Lewis Clayton punched clear.

After the frantic start from both teams it was the hosts that opened the scoring after five minutes when new recruit TOUMANI SIDIBE cut in from the right flank to strike a low, left footed shot inside the right post from 30 yards.  1-0. 

Encouraged by their early goal Cirencester immediately pressed again as Mike Pook delivered the ball down the right channel into the box where Irving harried ‘keeper Adam Forster to win the ball and play it left to a supporting Jay Malshanskyj who fired towards the goal. Yate defender Sam Boulton managed to get back to block his effort in the goalmouth and clear the danger.  

A couple of minutes later Boulton denied Malshanskyj again with another block after the forward had rounded Forster to shoot at the empty goal.

In between these two excellent blocks Yate had countered with a driving run from Brad Webb, down their left flank, before releasing Mehew who struck his shot wide of the right post from the left channel front edge of the home penalty area.

When Cirencester pressed the visitors countered with swift breaks and 12 minutes into the match OLLIE MEHEW equalised as Clayton was drawn towards his left post before the ball was pulled back towards the penalty spot for the striker to finish.  1-1.   

The playing surface was encouraging quick ‘pass & move’ football and both sides took full advantage as they mounted attacks at speed and one such move released Jonny Dennis into the left channel of the visitors penalty area – Tommy Ouldridge to Malshanskyj, back to Ouldridge and a ‘chip’ into the box for Dennis – where he lobbed the advancing Forster but over the bar.

As the mid-point of the half approached Spokes produced a strong run down the left channel for the visitors but Wellon was across to block with the ball being collected by Irving near the centre circle. The Academy student played a superb pass into the path of Malshanskyj, left channel 30 yards out, and he delivered an accurate cross to the far post where an incoming Sidibe headed against the right post – to be flagged ‘offside’.

Shortly after the half-hour mark Yate produced a slick move down their left flank that involved passes being exchanged a couple of times between Webb, Mehew and Spokes before Mehew fired wide of the right post from the edge of the box.

The busy Mehew also fired wide of the left post a few minutes later after his persistence enabled him to create the chance.

Cirencester responded with a burst from Sidibe and a cross from the right corner that Irving ‘flicked’ towards goal at the near post leading to a corner kick.

The half had been ‘end-to-end’ with blocks and ‘near misses’ at both ends and on the stroke of half time another Sidibe effort was cleared off the line.

Half Time:  1-1

Cirencester came out of the blocks very quickly after the interval as Sidibe fired over the bar within the opening minute and as they continued to press Dennis went on a charge down the left flank that took him into the Yate penalty area where he cut right before unleashing a fierce shot at goal that struck Forster but the incoming support was unable to convert the rebound.   

Following another Cirencester attack Yate countered as Jake Lee played the ball up to Nick Peare, near the centre circle, and he clipped it over the home defence for Mike Bryant to chase but the alert Wellon was quickly across to clear the danger.

Around the hour mark Cirencester created another couple of chances as a Dennis cross from the left by-line resulted in a corner kick and a Will Tunnicliff header at the far right post that was eventually cleared at the left post. 

Throughout the game Forster had been tested and a few minutes later he produced a reflex save to push Alan Griffin’s firm header from 10 yards over his bar.   

The attacking formation of the home side was certainly putting the visitors under pressure and limiting them to occasional counter attacks with Louis Britton firing over and wide of the target.

With ten minutes of ‘normal’ time remaining Pook delivered a free kick from the right flank to the near post where Irving headed narrowly wide but three minutes later Cirencester finally made the breakthrough as Ouldridge embarked on a driving run down the centre before slipping the ball right to Griffin who sent it down the right channel, between the Yate defenders, for Tommy Anderson to chase and at speed produce a delicate chip from the by-line to the far post where JONNY DENNIS tucked it into the back of the net.  2-1.    

As the game drew to a close both Griffin and Jack Freeman had fierce strikes at goal parried by the impressive Forster.

Full Time:   2-1

After a fairly even first half Cirencester had the better of the second but despite much possession and many chances victory was secured by the narrowest of margins.  

 

Attendance:  88                                  

Referee:   Mr Andrew Ellis (Birmingham)          

 

CIRENCESTER TOWN:

1.   Lewis Clayton
2.   Will Wellon
3.   Will Tunnicliff
4.   Michael Pook
5.   Baboucarr Jarra
6.   Toumani Sidibe                                           5
7.   John Dennis                                                83
8.   Tommy Ouldridge
9.   Alan Grifin     (C)
10.  Jay Malshanskyj
11.  Levi Irving 

12.  Tommy Anderson                            (Jay Malshanskyj-78mins)                               
14.  James Mortimer-Jones     
15.  Jack Freeman                                (Tommy Ouldridge-90+1mins)
16.  Jordan Morris                               

 

YATE TOWN: 

1.   Adam Forster
2.   Mayson Evans
3.   Elliott Keightley
4.   Nicholas Peare     (C)
5.   Jake Lee
6.   Sam Boulton
7.   Luke Spokes
8.   Jack Twyman
9.   Ollie Mehew                                               12
10.  Michael Bryant
11.  Bradley Webb 

12.  Louis Britton                                  (Mayson Evans-46mins)
14.  Sam Kamara                                   (Nicholas Peare-74mins)   
15.  Joe Guest
16.  Ross Langworthy                            (Michael Bryant-66mins)

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