Match report

Tiverton Town 0 - 4 Cirencester Town

   Saturday 21/01/2006   Southern League Premier Division
Chris Bell

An injury ravaged Tiverton side slumped to their heaviest defeat of the season when they went down 0-4 at home to a resurgent Cirencester side. With Ampadu‚ Booth and Mudge all sidelined‚ Milsom played up front with Hambly in midfield and Croft in defence‚ Nogan and youth team player Jamie Skinner being the only two subs.

Within five minutes Cirencester had taken the lead when the home defence failed to clear an attack and the ball fell to Smith unmarked on the left of the area from where he curled a shot diagonally over Ovendale into the top corner. It didn´t take long for the visitors to double their lead when Tivvy yet again defended naively from a corner‚ following the dummy runs to the near post and leaving Richard the simplest of close range headers to score. Tivvy did mount an immediate response but Winter´s cross to an unmarked Pears in the box was wasted as he directed a free header wide. Another Tiverton free kick suffered the same fate before the keeper spilled a Davies shot with no one around to take advantage. These were but momentary interruptions to Cirencester´s dominance and the Tivvy defence only just held on to the break without conceding further goals.

The noise from the home dressing room at the break suggested an industrial hair dryer had been installed and the home supporters waited for the early response that would see Tivvy claw their way back into the game. What they got was a further Cirencester goal within two minutes of the restart. A free kick from the right into the area got the faintest of touches from Griffin and the ball crept into the far corner of the goal with Ovendale rooted to his line. Tivvy then had their best chance of the game when Pears broke free of the defence only to hit his shot against he post. Nogan came on for Croft and was immediately involved in a rare passing move. Bale won the ball and clipped the ball to the Welshman who played it into the path of Milsom in front of goal‚ but his shot was completely mis-hit and the chance passed.

Normal service was resumed as Cirencester played their way too easily through the home side´s defence missing several chances to increase the margin. Dodge played his final card by giving Skinner his debut in place of Milsom‚ but Cirencester were now cruising with Smith in particular running at will down the left with little in the way of markers to hinder him. Winters then contrived to lose the ball to an opponent and from the break compounded his error by committing a trip in the area with Arndale stepping up to score from the penalty.

Skinner provided a rare moment of relief for the home supporters with a fierce shot and some terrier like tackling that showed scant respect for the opposition‚ but as the match drew to a conclusion there was time for a final farcical moment when a consolation goal was denied by a Nogan block.

Having worked hard to attract new supporters to the club and achieved a crowd of 731it was unfortunate that injuries should play such a part‚ but other than Bale´s wholehearted display there was little to recommend the rest of the team´s performance. This was reflected in the final insult of the day when a well deserved MOM award was given to Smith of Cirencester.

This report ©2006 Chris Bell






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