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The Marches 2 
01/02/2020, 3:00 pm
SGHC
1 - 1
Cirencester D
Bradley Stoke Community School
Mens 3rd XI

Match Report

The old sporting cliche says “it’s a funny old game” and this one certainly was. South Glos B put the ball over the Cirencester line in the first half, but it didnt count. In the second half, some questioned whether or not the ball crossed the line, and it DID count.
And then there was the finish; a short corner to the opposition right on the final whistle, just like last week.
But last week, we conceded that short and it cost us a victory.
Today we defended it, preventing fate from breaking our hearts for two week’s running.
South Glos started strongly and had some early chances before, seemingly inevitably and deservedly taking the lead only for it to be ruled out.
Just like the last time we met Cirencester were very quick to close down the South Glos players and jabbed out with their sticks to put pressure on the home players.
The visitors created a few chances of their own, all but one of which was successfully defended, resulting in Cirencester having a 1-0 lead at half-time.
South Glos B were absolutely dominant for most of the second half although they didnt give the visiting keeper much to do, while the home keeper was a spectator for at least 20 minutes.
The home side’s dominance was rewarded when Pete Highway got the deserved if, according to some, debatable leveller.
This seemed to fire up the visitors who finally broke out of their half of the pitch in search for the win.
South Glos had their hearts in their mouths as Cirencester won a short corner.
This resulted in a goal-line clearance by Danny bit the visitors were awarded another short just as Julia blew the final whistle, but the red and blacks defended the short to hold onto the point.
Danny and Louis both put in solid performances, and I made a few decent stops in the first half.
In the end, a draw was probably a fair result. We didnt deserve to lose, especially after that dominant second half, but then we didnt directly trouble the visting keeper enough to have earned all three points.

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