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The Isuzu FA Trophy 

First Round Qualifying 


Basingstoke Town  3 - 5  Cirencester Town 


Match report by Dave Pyzer


Following the decision to postpone all football at the weekend, due to the sad passing of HM The Queen, Cirencester travelled to Basingstoke Town for a mid-week fixture in The Isuzu FA Trophy and an eventful cup-tie ensued that included 8 goals, 3 Penalty Kicks, 2 Hat-tricks and a Sending-off.


Basingstoke Town play their football in the Isthmian League – South Central Division, which is the same level in the National Football Pyramid as Cirencester, and after four games sit in 13th place in their table with 4 points. Cirencester sit in 19th place with one point from their 4 league games.

Following the victory at Larkhall Athletic in The Emirates FA Cup in their last match an unchanged starting eleven was named by Cirencester Manager, John Brough for this match.


The opening few minutes were a bit scrappy as the sides settled but nine minutes into the game Cirencester opened the scoring when LEVI IRVING produced a glancing header from a Jordan Lymn cross from their right flank.

Three minutes later the visitors added a second when JAKE LEE scored from the Penalty Spot following a ‘handball’ decision.

Basingstoke responded to open their account with a fierce strike from EZIO TOURAY that flew into the top right corner of the goal.

Ten minutes from the scheduled interval Basingstoke’s Luis Le Paih struck a post and Touray fired the rebound over the bar. 

With six minutes of the half remaining the home side were reduced to ten men when Nathan Smart was dismissed after being issued with his second Yellow Card. 

Half Time:   1-2 

A few minutes after the re-start Cirencester mounted a quick counter attack that reached Joe Shepherd who squared the ball to ADULAI SAMBU as he cut inside from the right flank and his shot, aimed at the bottom right corner, took a huge deflection to finish inside the left post. 

Almost immediately Basingstoke replied as EZIO TOURAY collected a loose ball and tucked it into the bottom corner, despite a strong suspicion of ‘offside’, and after a discussion between the officials the goal stood. 

Around the mid-point of the second half Cirencester regained their two-goal lead as another counter attack enabled ADULAI SAMBU to have a run at goal from half-way and he confidently slotted it past the oncoming ‘keeper to score his second.

As the game was drawing to a close Cirencester pressed to the left corner as Lymn and Irving exchanged passes and as the latter reached the by-line he was brought to ground resulting in a Penalty Kick being awarded. Jake Lee handed the ball to ADULAI SAMBU who completed his hat-trick with a firm strike inside the left post as the home ‘keeper dived in the opposite direction. 

In ‘added-time’ EZIO TOURAY converted another Penalty Kick to completed his ‘hat-trick’ and the scoring for the night. 

Full Time:   3-5

Another very competitive game that was well contested throughout.



Cirencester will now host Paulton Rovers on 24th September in the Second Qualifying Round of the competition.



Attendance:    190                             Referee:       Vladyslav Bakulin 



Basingstoke Town:

   1.     Paul Strudley
   2.     Ben Mason
   3.     Callum Winchcombe
   4.     Scott Armsworth
   5.     Nathan Smart
   6.     Billy Upton
   7.     Luis Le Paih      
   8.     Simon Dunn     ©
   9.     Ezio Touray                                           18, 52, 90+3p
  19.    Sam Argent
  11.     Bradley Wilson

  10.     James Clark                                (Sam Argent-64mins)
  12.     James Haworth
  14.     Marcio Magalhaes Neves             (Bradley Wilson-77mins)
  15.     George Reid                                (Callum Winchcombe-72mins)
  16.     Daniel Williamson
  17.     Aidan Lewis
  18.     Anton Rodgers


Cirencester Town:

    1.     Alex Harris
    2.     Jordan Lymn
    3.     Jordan Morris
    4.     Joe Turley
    5.     Josh Nelmes  
    6.     Ellis Dunton 
    7.     Adulai Sambu                                       50, 69, 82p
    8.     Reegan Messenger
    9.     Jake Lee     ©                                       12p
   10.    Joe Shepherd
   11.     Levi Irving                                            9  

   12.     Kenneth Mills                             (Joe Shepherd-87 mins)       
   14.     Frankie Johnson
   15.     Ross Gabriel                              (Jake Lee-86 mins)
   16.     Nick Hancock                             (Jordan Morris-59mins)                                
   17.     Louie Barnfather (GK

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