SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Ciren cling on despite fightback
6:00am Monday 9th September 2013 in Latest News
PATCHED-UP Cirencester withstood a second-half fightback from Mangotsfield to earn a 2-1 win against a visiting side that included six former Centurions in its line-up.
Jamie Reid joined the exodus to Cossham Street in the summer and another ex-skipper, Matt Sysum, made his debut for the visitors after signing forms this week.
Ciren boss Brian Hughes was without captain Shayne Anson, Chris Holland, Ben Wells, Joe Shepherd and Jon Beeden for Saturday’s Southern League Division One South & West fixture due to a combination of injury and suspension, while loanee striker Will Morford was ruled out after being recalled by Gloucester City.
Kev Sawyer was the busiest of the two keepers in the opening 20 minutes, saving well from Steve Davies and Matt Liddiard, but Josh Egan replied by grazing the top of the crossbar for the Mangos.
Ben Hunt won a corner from which Shaun Lamb headed over, when the former Chippenham man should have troubled keeper Glyn Garner.
Collier tested Sawyer with a piledriver on the half-hour mark but two minutes later the stiker was not to be denied, firing low and hard to the keeper’s left as defenders backed off.
Mangotsfield pushed men forward in the second half but they were vulnerable to the counter-attack and on one occasion, a Neil Arndale half-block forced his keeper to tip smartly over the bar.
Although his back line defended manfully, Garner produced three point-blank saves in a 10-minute spell.
Collier stretched Sawyer in a rare Ciren attack and then the home side secured welcome breathing space with a decidedly fortunate goal.
Lee Smith unleashed a shot from 18 yards and it deflected off Sysum before rolling through Sawyer’s legs and into the back of the net.
Ciren subsequently did their job in killing off the game in the final quarter of an hour, although Reid did manage to poke home a consolation in the third minute of stoppage time.
Elsewhere, in the Southern Premier, Chippenham slipped to their fourth league defeat of the season at Cambridge yesterday.
Adam Marriott put the home side in front on nine minutes, but James Guthrie levelled shortly before the break.
However, Nick Beasant struck with six minutes of the second period remaining to give the hosts a 2-1 win.
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