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Pitching In Southern League 2020/21

Division 1 South


Bristol Manor Farm  0 – 2  Cirencester Town

Match Report by Dave Pyzer


The long wait for the new league season was finally over as Cirencester made the comparatively short trip to Bristol (when compared to next Tuesday’s trip to Cornwall in the FA Cup) to face Bristol Manor Farm.


Cirencester Manager, John Brough, was forced into a couple of changes to his starting eleven due to injuries to Mike Pook and Nick Hancock and as a result Jordan Morris made his first competitive appearance at left back, and Tom Handley switched to right back to cover for the injured Hancock. Archie Brennan made his first competitive start for Cirencester in midfield.


The home side kicked off in bright sunshine and immediately attacked down their right flank as Tyler Ashmead made ground to reach the corner where his progress was brought to a halt but this was a sign of things to come as the home side attacked this flank many times during the opening 15 minutes.

During this period a move involving James Turner, Lloyd Mills and Ashmead created room for the latter to fire wide of the left post from inside the visitor’s penalty area. 

It had certainly been a positive opening period for the home side but despite their possession they were not really penetrating the Cirencester defence.

As the mid-point of the half approached there were signs Cirencester were beginning to settle as Josh Nelmes delivered the ball to Josh Parsons who ‘chested’ it into the path of a supporting Tommy Anderson who slid it behind the home defence for Parsons to collect as he darted forward - offside!

This was soon followed by action at both ends of the pitch as Jordan Morris sent a free kick towards the area to the right of the penalty spot where ‘keeper Ben John punched it clear to start a counter attack that brought Ciren ‘keeper Dan Lawrence dashing from his box to half-volley it away.   

Shortly after the half-hour mark Cirencester whipped a couple of dangerous crosses through the front edge of the home 6-yard box without contact and when Tom Handley delivered a free kick from the right flank the diminutive Parsons rose to head it onto the top of the net.

As the half was drawing to a close a sharp turn and shot from Brad Gray was parried by John before being picked-up and then the ‘keeper did well to deny Parsons as he was slipped through by Tommy Anderson for a 1v1 with the ‘keeper – who managed to block his shot towards the left post.

Half Time:  0-0

Cirencester had finished the first half very positively and during the interval Roger James replaced Brad Gray for his first competitive outing in a Centurions shirt and he wasted no time in announcing his arrival as he opened his goal account within the first minute with his first touch as he poked a Morris cross from the left corner inside the left post from 10 yards - with the ’keeper wrong-footed.  0-1.  

Five minutes later, after a bout of ‘head-tennis’ in midfield, the ball reached Parsons who turned and played it out right to ROGER JAMES as he supported to the right channel front edge of the home penalty area. As he entered the box he took stock and fired his shot towards the far left post where it clipped the inside of the post to rebound into the back of the net.  0-2.

When Cirencester mounted a further attack into the home box Parsons and Anderson were both challenged strongly by a covering defender but Referee Sam Fudge saw nothing untoward in the challenges and as the ball was cleared towards the centre circle a strong challenge from Shayne Anson flattened Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist and the Ciren man was duly awarded a Yellow Card.

Shortly afterwards Mason Winter and Michael Bryant exchanged passes as Winter reached the left side edge of the visitor’s penalty area but his resulting cross was cut-out by Anson.

On the hour Cirencester’s Josh Nelmes also received a Yellow Card for an incident and when the resulting free was delivered into the Ciren box it was headed out by Anson but Referee Sam Fudge had spotted an infringement off the ball and immediately awarded a Penalty Kick to the home side. Leigh-Gilchrist stepped up to take the kick and aimed it towards the left post but ‘keeper Lawrence had guessed right and managed to parry it away from his goal.

A couple of minutes later a driving run from Ashmead saw the winger send a low cross through the Ciren box towards the far post where a covering Handley cleared from near his goal-line.

Around the mid-point Ciren pressed as Parsons volleyed over the bar and then headed a Morris cross towards goal – Turner part blocked the effort but it looped towards the top left corner bringing a finger-tip save from John as he pushed it over his bar.

Five minutes later the home side attacked through Evander Grubb, down their left flank, and his cross was intercepted and launched down the centre of the pitch for Parsons to turn and chase. Spotting the danger ‘keeper John charged from his box to clear but in so doing he flattened Parsons who lay prone for a few minutes receiving treatment until he was carried off on a stretcher.

Defender Steve Kingdon took over in goal and it wasn’t long before he was called into action as he punched a Dennis cross away from his goal and then parried a James strike.

Cirencester continued to press but the home defence stood firm with one final snap shot on the turn from Ross Gabriel flashing wide of the right post from 25 yards.

Full Time:   0-2

A solid performance from Cirencester who defended well in the early stages until they settled to bring their attacking game into play and the two quick goals after the interval was enough to secure victory.


Attendance:  240                                            Referee:   Sam Fudge   



1.   Ben John
2.   Mason Winter
3.   Stuart Tovey
4.   James Turner
5.   Steven Kingdon
6.   Jamie Adams     ©
7.   Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist
8.   Lloyd Mills
9.   Lucas Vowles
10.  Michael Bryant
11.  Tyler Ashmead

12.  Evander Grubb                   (Lloyd Mills-30mins)
14.  Lewis Bamford                   (Stuart Tovey-56mins)
15.  Kieran Ireland
16.  Llewellyn Ntihemuka          (Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist-88mins)
17.  Jordan Dibble                   



1.   Dan Lawrence
2.   Tom Handley
3.   Jordan Morris
4.   Archie Brennan
5.   Shayne Anson
6.   Josh Nelmes
7.   Tommy Anderson
8.   Joe Turley
9.    Brad Gray
10.  Josh Parsons
11.  John Dennis

12.  Lee Llewelyn         
14.  Roger James                      (Brad Gray-45mins)  46, 51
15.  Ross Gabriel                      (Josh Parsons-71mins)
16.  Aidan Bennett                    (Jonny Dennis-82mins)                                                
17.  Ellis Dunton

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