The Marches 2 
15/02/2020, 3:00 pm
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Cirencester C
Bradley Stoke Community School
Mens 3rd XI

Match Report

I had hoped to be writing about us getting the single point we need to hit a record total for the Mens 3s – at least, for as long as anyone can remember.
And one point, rather than all three, would have been a fair outcome from this game.
The opposition keeper certainly didnt deserve to be on the losing side but then, we DID do enough to have got something for it. But it was not to be.
The first 15 mins or so were quite even.
Cirencester were very quick to close us down whenever we had the ball, and we were second to the pass just a little too often.
Mid-way through the first half Cirencester took the lead.
A deflection lifted the ball into my body. It fell kindly for the visitors, there was a bit of a melee before they squeezed it in from close range.
But this was our wake-up call, and we started to pin them back in their D.
The ball fell to Pete Highway but the keeper, with great speed, threw himself to the floor and slid across the goal to prevent the equaliser.
A short while later we penetrated the D again and had a sequence of five or six shots in quick succession but were thwarted again by the keeper and the defence.
Despite playing into a fierce wind we had more possession in the second half, and were rewarded when Pete Highway got what was then a deserved equaliser.
We pushed for the winner but fell victim to a counter attack which ended with the ball being driven into the very corner of the goal.
A draw would have been a fair result, and its disappointing to come away with nothing.
With four or our last five games all against teams above us, we’re going to have to raise OUR game and be more clinical in the opposition D if we’re to reach our record points total.


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