Early second half goals kill off Cirencester challenge

Evo-Stik League Southern Div 1 S&W.

Poole Town 3 Cirencester Town 0.

POOLE TOWN maintained their title push by taking all three points against Cirencester Town.

Poole, who have four games in hand of the leaders Hungerford, moved within five points of the top with their victory.

Cirencester were without injured captain Jamie Reid and full back Alex Allard but welcomed back both Chris Thompson and Jon Beeden.

They also introduced their new signing, the experienced defender Ricky Allaway, but despite a committed display they could do nothing to stop the high-flying Dolphins.

The game ended on a sour note for the visitors when striker Sam Collier was stretchered off with an ankle injury. Luckily, the badly swollen ankle proved to be sprained rather than broken.

Poole Town took the lead in the 15th minute after a low Luke Burbidge cross into the area reached Warren Byerley, who had a simple task to net at the far post.

The remainder of the half was fairly even with Ciren creating three good opportunities.

Forest Green loanee George Washbourne jinked his way into the box before firing a low shot towards the corner of the net which Nick Hutchings did well to turn around the post.

Scott Griffin and James Mortimer-Jones also went close with goal attempts.

The game was over as a contest early in the second half, however, when Cirencester conceded two goals in four minutes.

A high Steve Devlin cross in the 50th minute was nodded back into the six-yard box where Byerley was on hand to smash the ball home for his second Three minutes later, Poole captain Michael Walker made it 3-0, heading home a Devlin free kick.

Cirencester Town: Clatworthy, Bennett (Hawkins, 72), Dunton, Mortimer-Jones, Wells (Shepherd, 74), Allaway, Beedon, Thompson, Packer, Griffin, Washbourne (Collier, 73).

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