Ellis Dunton's missile-like long throws prove the Ciren game-changers
Calor Gas Div 1 South & West.
Cirencester Town 2 Evesham United 1.
CIRENCESTER TOWN maintained their winning start to the season thanks to a gutsy come-from-behind performance against a classy Evesham side.
With six former Centurions in the visitors’ starting line-up, there were going to be some serious bragging rights associated with the game.
And from the outset, it was Evesham who appeared to be more fired up for the derby clash.
Their slick, one-touch passing and electric pace up front from Ciren old boys Carl Brown and Marcus Palmer gave the hosts not a moment to settle. While former Town captain Matt Sysum was enjoying his battle with Ciren debutant Will Morford at the back.
Evesham were ahead as early as the sixth minute when a free kick glanced off the back of Leigh Henry’s head and Palmer reacted quickest to toe-poke the ball past Glyn Garner.
Saturday’s Ciren goal threat at Tiverton, Steve Davies and Lee Smith, did fashion one early chance between them in the 11th minute but were otherwise surprisingly subdued as Evesham continued to attack with menace, coming closest when Garner had to block well from Brown in the 30th minute.
Ciren sprang to life in the closing minutes of the first half and Ellis Dunton’s first torpedo long throw of the game at last caused some panic in the Evesham rearguard.
And it was two similar contributions from Dunton which were to turn the game on its head.
In the 65th minute, some head tennis in the box followed Dunton’s first throw of the half, before Smith slammed the ball past Bateman from eight yards with an exquisite volley.
Suddenly, the pacy, direct offensive play was all coming from Ciren and they scored the winner in the 73rd minute. Another Dunton missile found its way to Davies at the back post and his finish, like that of strike partner Smith earlier, was emphatic.
Ciren continued to make chances before wisely opting to see the game out in the closing minutes.
Their joyous reaction at the final whistle showed just how much this particular three points meant to them. Cirencester Town: Garner, Anson (capt), Dunton, Mortimer-Jones, Holland, Henry, Shepherd, Liddiard (Bennett, 60), Morford (Collier, Davies, Smith. Unused subs: Beeden, Hooper, Bond.
Standard MoM: Joe Shepherd gave another tireless display in midfield, but Ellis Dunton’s defensive excellence and game-changing thrown-ins just edged it.