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Pitching In Southern League 

Division 1 Central

 

Aylesbury United  1 - 3  Cirencester Town 

 

 

Match report by Dave Pyzer

 

 

The Centurions made the journey to Chesham to meet ‘ground-sharing’ Aylesbury United and following a solid team performance returned with the three points on offer.

 

 

In terms of league positions and current form prior to the match – Aylesbury United sat in 17th place in the league table with 25 points from 24 games played, whilst Cirencester were in 6th place with 36 points from the same number of games played.

Examination of current form reveals that both sides have secured 8 points from their last 6 games, and based on the ‘6-Match Form Guide’ table, The Ducks sat in 13th place and Cirencester 11th place.

Last season this fixture resulted in a narrow 1-0 victory for Cirencester who also secured a 2-1 victory in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

 

Starting Eleven – Cirencester made two changes to last week’s starting eleven against AFC Dunstable as Will Christopher and Harry Burns were unavailable and as a result Luca Robinson and George Peare returned with the positions adjusted slightly to accommodate this.

The bench included Aidan Bennett (returning after injury) alongside Charlie Johnson, John Dennis and James Mortimer-Jones.

 

  

The visitors kicked-off on a ‘sticky’ but surprisingly good pitch following the rain of recent days and immediately attacked the right corner as Nick Peare launched the ball towards Luca Robinson but as the ball was played inside it was intercepted. 

A few minutes later Aylesbury worked the ball to their left corner where an exchange of passes between Ayman Dahdouh and David Pearce looked to have got behind the Cirencester defence until the ‘offside’ flag was raised. 

This was soon followed by an ambitious attempt from 25 yards that Thomas Cove dragged wide of the right post. 

Nine minutes into the game Aylesbury were awarded a corner kick that Derek Feyi met with his head, in a central position – 10 yards out, to send a firm header goalwards but Cirencester custodian Stuart Nelson reacted well to push it over his crossbar. 

Following this positive start from the home side Cirencester began to settle and pose a few problems themselves as George Peare supplied Jordan Morris who slipped the ball inside for Felix Miles to produce a clever back-heel into the home box that George Peare collected and crossed from the by-line to the back post where Robinson had his shot blocked. The ball was recycled back to Robinson who delivered a cross from the right byline to the left post where George Peare headed towards the top left corner – pushed over for a corner kick by ‘keeper James Callan.   

At the 16-minute mark Cirencester were working the ball down their right flank before Ben Whitehead cut left and sent the ball to Miles who in turn slid it down the centre to George Peare and he laid it into the path of Whitehead as he darted forward to shoot – deflected for a corner kick that Callan dropped but was sent over the bar by an incoming opponent.   

As the mid-point of the first half approached Pearce embarked on a run down the right channel, from just inside the Cirencester half, and seeing his way blocked he slipped the ball inside to a supporting Cove but his cross was cut-out by Jake Lee. 

At the mid-point Willem Pooley collected the ball near half-way and after an exchange with both Miles and George Peare he supplied Whitehead who took it down the left channel – leading to a throw-in and eventually a low shot from Robinson that Callan collected.

During the next few minutes, the home side pressed as Peace, Cove and Charley Tuttle made runs but the Cirencester defence stood firm and at the 30-minute mark Lee delivered a superbly weighted 50-yard pass, down the right channel, that dropped over the home defence for a lurking GEORGE PEARE to chase, collect and tuck into the net with a precise right footed finish.  0-1. 

Shortly afterwards Whitehead ran at the home defence, down the right channel, before shooting and when the ball rebounded back to him, he slipped it left to Miles who dribbled past a couple of would-be challenges before shooting wide of the left post. 

As the interval loomed Cirencester mounted the move of the game as Reegan Messenger won the ball in midfield, slipped it left to Miles who galloped from half-way to the right front corner of the home box, before playing an astute pass inside the defender for Robinson to collect and take to the byline where he crossed to the back post for George Peare to head back across goal for BEN WHITEHEAD to volley into the net from a couple of yards.  0-2.

Half Time:   0-2  

Although the home side kicked-off the second half, with the advantage of the slope, they soon lost the ball for Morris to charge down his flank, slip the ball inside to Miles, on to Whitehead, back to Pooley, and left to Morris but as the ball was played along the front edge of the home box it was lost. 

Cirencester were soon back as Miles supplied Whitehead, left channel of the home box, inside towards George Peare, near the penalty Spot, but it was intercepted. 

Ben Whitehead then struck a shot from 30-yards that bounced in front of Callan who made the save, and this was followed by Morris reaching the left corner to cross to the back post for Robinson to collect and shoot past the far-left post where an incoming George Peare was just unable to make contact. 

As Aylesbury responded they were awarded a couple of free kicks – the second of which led to a 60-yard run from Miles that ended in the home Penalty Area. 

The Cirencester left flank was proving particularly useful for counter attacking with Morris making several runs to the corner and from one such adventure his cross was recycled for George Peare to shoot from the left channel of the home box – caught by Callan. 

Leading up to the hour-mark Aylesbury pressed with Tuttle and Keegan Bloom combining to good effect but once they reached the Cirencester box the threat was cleared although one attack did result in Cove firing over the bar. 

As the fourth quarter approached George Peare sent a low cross through the home 6-yard box without contact and minutes later Miles produced some trickery on the edge of the home box before slipping the ball through for BEN WHITEHEAD to collect, left of the Penalty Spot, before blasting it into the top left corner. The Assistant Referee had raised his flag during this process but the goal was awarded - much to the distress of the home side.  0-3. 

Four minutes later Aylesbury worked the ball down their right flank for Brayden Daniel to switch play to their left flank where Cove collected and drove a cross into the Cirencester box that Nick Peare smashed it into his own net as he attempted to clear at the back post - for an OWN GOAL1-3. 

Encouraged by the breakthrough the home side pressed forward but were thwarted, with Morris making a couple of runs down the left flank and firing over the bar - after Robinson fed Cameron Walters who supplied Whitehead to slip him into the left channel of the home box. 

A couple of minutes later Walters clipped the ball to Messenger who headed on to Miles to shoot over the bar. 

During the final few minutes Aylesbury pressed but their final ball let them down and Cirencester comfortably survived. 

Full Time:   1-3 

A solid team performance from The Centurions against willing opponents.

 

 

Attendance:     128                           Referee:       Joseph Karram 

 

Aylesbury United:

            Own Goal                                              69

   1.     James Callan
   2.     Keegan Bloom  
   3.     Jake Bewley
   4.     Jack Wood     ©
   5.     Derek Feyi
   6.     Ayman Dahdouh     
   7.     Charley Tuttle
   8.     Ben Peters
   9.     Kennedy Feyi
  10.    David Pearce
  11.     Thomas Cove 

  12.     Rory Spence                              (Derek Feyi-86mins)
  14.     Joshua Guthrie                         (David Pearce-86mins)
  15.     Brayden Daniel                          (Ben Peters-46mins)
  16.     Hayden Beadle
  17.     Liridon Daka

 

Cirencester Town:  

    1.     Stuart Nelson
    2.     Cameron Walters
    3.     Jordan Morris
    4.     Reegan Messenger
    5.     Jake Lee     ©
    6.     Nick Peare
    7.     Luca Robinson
    8.     Willem Pooley
    9.     George Peare                                        31
   10.    Ben Whitehead                                     45,65
   11.     Felix Miles 

   12.     Charlie Johnson                       (Jordan Morris-82mins)                      
   14.     John Dennis                             (Luca Robinson-89mins)                                   
   15.     Aidan Bennett                          (George Peare-85mins)
   16.     James Mortimer-Jones

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