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Cirencester Town  3 - 1  Evesham United


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Match photos supplied by Graham Hill

Match report by Dave Pyzer


Evesham United were the visitors to The Corinium Stadium for the Christmas Bank Holiday fixture and after a positive start for the hosts and a late rally from the visitors it was Cirencester that took the three points with a 3-1 victory.

In the reverse fixture in August Cirencester came away with a 3-0 victory although it was early in the campaign and much has changed since for ‘The Robins’.


In terms of current form the visitors sit in 10th place in the ‘6-Match Form Guide’ table with 7 points from their last 6 games whilst Cirencester are 6th in the table with 11 points. The League table, prior to this game, has Evesham in 14th place and Cirencester in 4th.


The Cirencester starting eleven had some changes to it, when compared to the last match against Willand Rovers, as Ellis Dunton returned to the backline with Josh Nelmes moving into midfield and Nick Hancock starting alongside him.  



Cirencester kicked-off playing towards The Arena end of the ground and immediately attacked down their left flank with the ball eventually reaching Tommy Anderson on the edge of the box but as he shaped to shoot he was quickly surrounded and the danger cleared but the home side were soon back again as Evesham defended a corner kick that led to a cross from the right corner being caught by former ‘Centurion’ Lewis Clayton.   

It had been a positive start for the home side and during the next few minutes it was the visitors that tested the home defence as the ball was played up their left flank with former ‘Robin’ Shayne Anson and Jake Lee called into action to clear the threat. When play switched to their right flank Joe Hunt sent a cross from the touchline that dropped just over the home cross-bar. 

‘The Centurions’ continued to work both flanks and a neat move from right to left, involving Lee, Anderson, Josh Nelmes and Tom Handley was eventually played up to Nelmes as he reached the left channel front edge of the Evesham box where his progress ended.     

Cirencester then tried their right flank as Anderson collected a long punt from ‘keeper Alex Harris to reach the by-line and send a low cross towards the far post where Hunt played it out for a corner kick. Nick Hancock sent the kick to the back post where Ellis Dunton laid it off to Anderson who fired over the bar from just outside the box. 

A couple of minutes later another Anderson cross from the right was punched clear by Clayton and recycled to their left flank - culminated in a goal-kick.    

As the mid-point approached Kyle Belmonte fired a shot just over the home bar from 40 yards and another former ‘Centurion’, Toumani Sidibe, cut in from their right flank to shoot, 25 yards out - right channel, for Harris to catch. 

In between another four-man move reached the left corner for the home side but ended in a goal kick and a similar fate awaited a 40-yard cross-field pass from Lee to Handley once it reached the same corner.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 27th minute when Cirencester pressed again to ‘win’ a corner kick from the left that Hancock delivered to the back post where Anderson sent it into the ‘mix’ in the 6-yard box and AIDAN BENNETT managed to bundle it over the line from close range.  1-0.

Encouraged Cirencester continued to press down their flanks although Evesham were still dangerous on the counter and Harris had to be alert to dart out of his box to clear a punt down the centre and Lorcan Sheehan attempted an ambitious volley from 30 yards that was wide of the target when a headed clearance dropped in front of him.

Leading up to the interval Irving headed a free kick over the bar and Bennett shot narrowly wide of the far-right post and as the half entered the final five minutes Lee sent the ball down the right channel to the edge of the visitor’s box where following a challenge it broke free for TOMMY ANDERSON to latch onto the loose ball and dart into the box, cut left to round the covering defender, and confidently tuck it inside the right post.  2-0.

Half Time:   2-0 

From the restart Evesham attacked down their left flank but the resulting cross was too long and the Cirencester response was to launch a goal-kick down the centre for Irving to head-on for Anderson to collect and drive to the right by-line but his low cross was intercepted and cleared. 

Cirencester increased their lead following a low free kick from near the right front corner of the Evesham box as Hancock delivered it towards the near post and JOSH NELMES burst forward to force it over the line from a couple of yards.  3-0.    

A minute later Bennett came close to adding his second when he cut right from the left channel to fire a fierce 30-yard shot narrowly wide of the right post. 

At this stage Cirencester were dominating proceedings but around the hour mark a quick counter from Evesham as Sidibe moved the ball forward to Thomas Chamberlain who in turn sent it from the right channel, 35-yards out, to the left channel of the home box where Michael Symons’ low shot was saved by Harris. 

This marked the beginning of a busy 5-minute period for the visitors as an initial shot from Sheehan and the follow-up from Symons were both blocked.

Moments later Belmonte produced two superb 40-yard cross-field passes – the first from 20 yards inside his own half, right touchline, to Jordan Lymn, left flank - half-way, and the second also from right to left for Lymn to supply Sidibe as he moved left from the right front corner of the home box to ‘fizz’ his shot past the left post. 

At the mid-point of the half Anderson made another run to the right corner but his cross was deflected for a corner kick that Hancock delivered to the back post where Lee headed wide.

The busy Anderson was immediately involved in more action as his progress down the right flank was stopped abruptly and a free kick awarded, followed by an exchange of passes with Irving as they reached the Evesham box before he was surrounded.

Evesham responded as another Sidibe shot was blocked, followed by a corner kick and a free kick that was headed clear by Dunton to Hancock who launched it down the centre for Irving to chase and attempt a lob over the advancing Clayton as he neared the penalty area but Clayton managed to divert it wide of the target. 

This prompted a rally from the visitors as they probed their right flank before switching to their left but no end result. 

As Cirencester replied they were awarded a free kick from their left flank that was cleared by the Evesham defence to Anderson as he came in from his right flank – heading the ball onto the top of the crossbar. 

During the final few minutes Nelmes headed a free kick away from the home box and Lymn sent the ball down the right touchline for Sidibe to fire over the bar as he cut left from the right front corner of the home box. 

In added-time Chamberlain cut in from the left flank to shoot – blocked, and a minute later an identical move released BRANDON SMALLEY into the box but he made no mistake as he rifled his shot inside the near left post.  3-1. 

Ten seconds later it was all over. 

Full Time:   3-1

A professional performance from The Centurions against dangerous and game opponents who never gave up.


Attendance:     315                                                       Referee:   Jack Clench


Cirencester Town: 

 1.         Alex Harris
 2.        Shayne Anson
 3.        Tom Handley
 4.        Joe Turley
 5.        Jake Lee     ©
 6.        Ellis Dunton
 7.        Tommy Anderson                                  41
 8.        Josh Nelmes                                         53
 9.        Levi Irving       
10.        Nick Hancock
11.        Aidan Bennett                                      27                                           

12.        Elliott Keightley
14.        Ben Whitehead                        (Aidan Bennett-84mins)                                   
15.        Jordan Morris
16.        Ross Gabriel
17.        Kevin Sawyer  (GK)


Evesham United: 

 1.         Lewis Clayton
 2.        Joseph Hunt
 3.        Adam Mace
 4.        Ben Prictor
 5.        Ryan Paddock     ©
 6.        Lorcan Sheehan
 7.        Jordan Lymn
 8.        Thomas Chamberlain
 9.        Michael Symons 
10.        Kyle Belmonte
11.        Toumani Sidibe

12.        Felix Miles      
14.        Callum Clayton                          (Ben Prictor-85mins)
15.        Connor Jakeways                      (Adam Mace-46mins)
16.        Brandon Smalley                       (Ryan Paddock-70mins)  90+2
17.        Isaac Parry  (GK)

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