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Pre-Season Friendly

Cheltenham Saracens  2 - 4  Cirencester Town


Click photo to view a slideshow of photos from the match

Match photos supplied by Graham Hill

Match report by Dave Pyzer


The Centurions made the short journey to face Cheltenham Saracens in their opening Pre-Season Friendly with a number of new faces added to a squad that contained some regulars and some familiar faces from last season’s Development Team.


On a warm, dry day and a firm pitch Cirencester had the first pot at goal through Will Christopher and a few minutes later the first corner kick of the match but it was the home side that opened the scoring after 12 minutes when BEN TUNNICLIFF headed home a corner kick at the back post.  1-0.

This setback seemed to wake Cirencester up and a couple of minutes later they were level after LUCA ROBINSON embarked on a strong 40-yard run down their right flank before smashing the ball into the top right corner.  1-1. 

Shortly before the mid-point of the half NICK PEARE added a second when he struck a free kick into the top left corner from just outside the home Penalty Area.  1-2. 

Saracens responded as their No. 11 broke forward and behind the Cirencester defence for a 1v1 with ‘keeper Alex Avenell who pushed it around his post for a corner kick. 

A few minutes later left back Charlie Johnson exchanged passes with Sergio Mills before sending a deep cross to the right flank where Robinson clipped it back to the left post for an incoming Aidan Bennett to strike the post.

Minutes before the interval the busy Robinson delivered another cross from the right corner that was cleared to a supporting JOE TURLEY and he promptly drove it into the bottom left corner.  1-3. 

During the interval Saracens changed almost their entire team due to the number of players wishing to show their credentials but within minutes of the re-start Harry Burns broke through for a 1v1 with the home ‘keeper but he too was thwarted. 

Shortly before the mid-point of the half Saracens threatened and Cirencester countered quickly as Kian McNally and Charlie McCrea combined for the latter to send a low cross past the far-right post. 

Cirencester had changed their ‘keeper at the interval and 28 minutes into the half the young Ronnie Newberry made a superb catch of a dangerous cross but a couple of minutes later was unlucky to concede a goal as a shot from the left channel of the Cirencester box took a deflection that resulted in the ball bouncing over him.  2-3. 

As the final whistle loomed Saracens pressed again to win a corner kick but it was Cirencester that had the final action of the game as Ollie Stevenson challenged for the ball to break to AIDAN BENNETT who tucked it into the net to complete the scoring. 2-4.   



Alex Avenell (Ronnie Newberry 46), Will Christopher, Charlie Johnson (Kian McNally 62), Joe Turley, Josh Nelmes ©, Ellis Dunton, Luca Robinson (Ollie Stevenson 62), Nick Peare (Josh Seller 53), Aidan Bennett, Harry Burns (Sergio Mills 81), Sergio Mills (Charlie McRea 46).

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