SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Nine-man Ciren thumped by Bridgwater
6:00am Monday 26th August 2013 in Latest News
CIRENCESTER’S flying start to the season came crashing down in spectacular fashion as they had two men sent off in a 4-1 defeat to Bridgwater.
Joe Shepherd and Jon Beeden were both red-carded in the final eight minutes at the Corinium with Shepherd’s challenge on keeper Chris Wright resulting in a 22-man brawl.
The Centurions were without defender Leigh Henry and striker Steve Davies due to injury and they fell behind after just three minutes.
Mitchell Page’s flick set up Joe Bushin and the visiting striker slammed past former Wales international Glyn Garner from 15 yards.
The equaliser arrived three minutes before the break as Lee Smith whipped in a free kick and Will Morford headed home.
Deep in stoppage time and with centre-back Chris Holland receiving treatment in the box, Ciren conceded a penalty at the other end.
Aidan Bennett’s seemingly innocuous challenge was punished and Jon Vance converted from the spot.
Two minutes into the second half, the lead became 3-1, with Bushin again beating Garner from the edge of the box.
Ciren switched to a 4-2-4 formation in an effort to pull themselves back into proceedings, but Shepherd’s challenge on Wright saw him harshly dismissed.
Substitute Daine O’Connor then killed the game off with an angled drive, before Beeden was shown a second yellow card for disputing a free kick.
Meanwhile, managerless Chippenham gained their first win of the season in the Southern Premier with a 2-0 victory over visitors Hitchin.
Caretaker boss Steve Winter guided the Bluebirds to three points thanks to goals from Alan Griffin and Joe McClennan.
Simon Martin rattled the crossbar for Hitchin early on, before striker Griffin nodded home Jack Allward’s cross just before the half hour mark.
The Canaries found the woodwork for the second time after the interval when Robbie Burns’ effort was tipped onto the bar by keeper Ben John.
Midway through the second period, Lee Phillips motored down the right side of the box and laid into the path of McClennan, who stabbed into the roof of the net.
Chippenham travel to Frome this afternoon as they aim to secure a second victory on the bounce.
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