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Severn Sport Shield



Cirencester Town  3 – 0  Bishops Cleeve

Click photo to view a slideshow of photos from the match

Match photos supplied by Graham Hill

Match report by Dave Pyzer


Following the disruption to the original plans for Stonehouse Town to host the competition Cirencester Town stepped forward to assist the organisers, Severn Sport, by hosting a Semi-Final and Final at The Corinium Stadium.

The first Semi-Final resulted in a victory for Cirencester Town over Stonehouse Town, following a mammoth 10-9 Penalty Shoot-out, after the match had ended 2-2, and the second Semi-Final a 5-1 victory for Bishops Cleeve over holders Longlevens.


The Cirencester squad consisted of some of last season’s regulars, former Development Team members and some new faces.


Bishops Cleeve kicked off playing towards The Shed end of the ground with a strong wind behind them and immediately worked the ball down their left flank and inside but a through pass was too strong, assisted by the wind, enabling Cirencester to gain possession and counter down their right flank as Dan Hill supplied Luca Robinson and after a short run he sent the ball into the Cleeve Penalty Area where Greg Lannon was able to gather before a charging Harry Burns could reach it.

The response from Cleeve was immediate as Harrison Reeves whipped the ball down the right flank for Will Emery to collect in the right corner and deliver a low cross that ‘keeper Tom Way safely gathered at his left post.

Cirencester then worked the ball to the left corner as Burns and Jonny Dennis combined for the latter to cross from the by-line and this led to a counter from Cleeve that required Way to dart forward to block and collect near the edge of his area.

A positive start to the match from both sides.

The action continued in this fashion but as Cirencester worked the ball down to the left corner, with a couple of throw-ins along the way, Dennis and Charlie Johnson combined to release Nick Peare who delivered a curling cross towards the Penalty Spot where AIDAN BENNETT leapt to head inside the right post.  1-0.   

During the next ten minutes or so both sides attacked and gave away free kicks that were comfortably dealt with but at the mid-point Cirencester worked the ball down their left flank again as Dennis and Burns combined before supplying Johnson, near to the touchline,  who managed to back heel the ball as he was tackled into the path of Peare and he in turn delivered a low cross from the corner that evaded several players to reach an incoming AIDAN BENNETT at the far post and he gratefully tucked it into the net from a couple of yards.  2-0.

Around the half-hour mark a Reegan Messenger tackle resulted in the ball rebounding to a supporting Reeves and he instantly supplied Jay Malshanskyj who fired over the bar from 30 yards, left channel.

A few minutes later Cleeve were back again as they worked the ball to the right-side edge of the home Penalty Area where Ethan Dunbar laid it off to Ross Langworthy but his cross was caught by Way.

Cleeve then tried their left flank and were awarded a corner kick that Ellis Dunton headed clear but it was recycled as Emery, Ben McLean, Reeves and Leroy Odiero worked it from right to left for the final Reeves pass to prove too long resulting in a goal-kick.

A couple of minutes later Messenger, Johnson and Dennis combined for the latter to send a low cross-field pass to Robinson who struck a firm shot from the front corner of the box that was tipped over by Lannon for a corner kick that he caught.

As the interval loomed Cirencester pressed and were awarded a corner kick from their left flank that reached the back post but as it was fed back across the front edge of the Cleeve Penalty Area it was intercepted leading to a counter from Cleeve that reached their right corner but the resulting cross was deflected into the grateful arms of Way.

At the half-way point another Cirencester attack was thwarted and once again Cleeve countered quickly as Reeves and Malshanskyj combined before the move was stifled.

Half Time2-0

During the interval both sides made substitutions (with eight on each bench there was a lot to get onto the pitch).

A few minutes after the re-start Cirencester were awarded a corner kick that was recycled for one from their right flank that was cleared to the edge of the Cleeve box where Josh Nelmes overhead effort landed on the roof of the net.

Cleeve responded immediately as Langworthy embarked on a run down their right channel that took him to the edge of the home box but as he shot Jake Lee managed to get across to block his effort.

Leading up to the hour-mark Dennis had a shot parried and Bennett robbed a defender on the edge of the Cleeve box but Lannon was out quickly to block his shot.

At the mid-point of the half Cirencester worked the ball to the left corner to be awarded a throw-in that was slipped inside to Charlie McCrae, just right of the left front corner of the Cleeve box, and as he was surrounded he produced a pirouette that deceived his markers and created space for him to dart to the left by-line where he sent a low cross into the 6-yard box for LUCA ROBINSON to force the ball home from close range.  3-0

Shortly afterwards Cleeve were awarded a free kick that Joe Turley headed away from the Penalty Area for Robinson to collect and drive forward but when the ball was lost it was fed to Dunbar who also embarked on a run down their right flank that also came to nothing.

During the remaining period of the game there were a number of corner kicks, crosses and free kicks that were comfortably dealt with by the opposition defence and in the final minutes of the game both Sergio Mills and Tyreece Briscoe had shots blocked.

Full Time:  3-0.



Tom Way, Dan Hill (Will Christopher 46), Charlie Johnson (Kian McNally 71), Nick Peare (Joe Turley 46), Jake Lee © (Josh Seller 71), Ellis Dunton (Josh Nelmes 46), Luca Robinson, Reegan Messenger (Willem Pooley 71), Aidan Bennett (Dan Grieve 57), Jonny Dennis (Charlie McCrae 57), Harry Burns.



Greg Lannon, Will Emery (Archie Tucker 71), Will Turner (Kian Gardiner 29), Ben McLean (Henry Danter-Welch 71), Jacob Geddes, Leroy Odiero (Ross Langworthy 83), Callum DeBonis (Tyreece Briscoe 46), Harrison Reeves (Blaine Waugh 46), Ethan Dunbar (Sergio Mills 71), Ross Langworthy © (Tommy Bond 55), Jay Malshanskyj.

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