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Division 1 Central 


Biggleswade FC  3 - 1  Cirencester Town 


Match report by Terry Keogh


CIRENCESTER TOWN continued their wretched league form against a Biggleswade FC team that simply took their chances better on the night and, consequently, despite a good deal more of the play, returned home pointless.


It was decided not to risk the influential Joe Shepherd for the game, after he bowed out early in the second half at the Corinium Stadium last Saturday with a badly swollen ankle.


On an evening where conditions were damp and windy and the surface ‘zippy’, it was the away side that had the first chance; a Nick Peare free kick was safely gathered by Biggleswade keeper, Tyler Josephs.

A minute or so later, ‘FC’ had their first chance of the game when Jack Dreyer forced a smart, point blank save from the onrushing Alex Harris.

Not long after, the home side found themselves a goal to the good; Dreyer’s far post header from a smart Reiss Oteng cross finding it’s way into the Ciren net. 

It was a wake-up call for the Centurions, who started to get the ball on the ground, breaking quickly with neat passing and using their dangerous wingbacks, Jordan Lymn and Jordan Morris. 

This led to both players delivering terrific crosses into the danger area, but sadly there was no one to apply the finishing touches. Ciren’s pressure was beginning to build and they enjoyed a spell where they could have scored two or three, had Ross Gabriel, Reegan Messenger and Adulai Sambu taken their chances.

Next it was Nick Peare who went mighty close with a full-bloodied drive that took the faintest of deflections, amidst several cries of ‘handball’. From the resulting corner, Peare rose highest to send a bullet header in for the equaliser; and you have to say, at that point, it was no more that the visitors deserved.

The Centurions were most definitely on the front foot and looking for a goal advantage when referee Martyn Gospel blew for half time. 

Sadly, the much anticipated second half (particularly from the few Ciren faithful that made the journey), didn’t live up to expectations, and it was the home side that benefitted from quick thinking, clever, counter football. 

Firstly, the dangerous Alex Marsh sent his brother Lawrence away to slot the ball past Harris and restore Biggleswade’s lead, Then, the same player found himself on the scoresheet, sliding the ball under the Ciren ’keeper from 10 yards and giving ‘FC’ a two goal cushion. 

After this, and despite lots of honest endeavour and plenty of ball from Town, half chances for Sambu (a rasping shot smartly saved by Josephs) and skipper Jake Lee (who just failed to connect at the far post), they never really looked like they would get something from the game.


Full Time:   3-1


Attendance:    114                             Referee:       Martyn Gospel 


Biggleswade FC: 

   1.     Tyler Josephs
   2.     Adam Hunt
   3.     Reiss Oteng
   4.     Patrick McCafferty
   5.     Adam Wedd
   6.     Lawrence Marsh                                    52
   7.     Alexander Marsh                                   70       
   8.     Charlie Hayford
   9.     Jack Dreyer                                          15
  10.     Thomas Coles
  11.     Kian Coles

  12.     Nathan George
  14.     Luke Oswick                                (Reiss Oteng-68mins)
  15.     Michael Fisher
  16.     Daniel Bond (Charlie Hayford-71mins)
  17.     Mekhi Angol                                (Kian Coles-87mins)


Cirencester Town:

    1.     Alex Harris
    2.     Jordan Lymn
    3.     Jordan Morris
    4.     Joe Turley
    5.     Jake Lee     © 
    6.     Ellis Dunton 
    7.     Adulai Sambu
    8.     Reegan Messenger
    9.     Ross Gabriel
   10.    Levi Irving
   11.     Nick Peare                                            34 

   12.     Josh Nelmes                              (Ross Gabriel-68mins)
   14.     Nick Hancock                             (Nick Peare-81mins)
   15.     Sergio Mills
   16.     Aidan Bennett                            (Reegan Messenger-84mins)     

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