FOOTBALL: Cirencester blast past Didcot in FA Trophy
12:01pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in Sport
CIRENCESTER TOWN enjoyed the perfect warm-up for their big FA Cup tie against Weymouth on Saturday when cruising past Didcot in the FA Trophy replay.
FA Carlsberg Trophy Preliminary Round
Cirencester Town 7
Didcot Town 1
If Saturday's original game had been tight, this was nothing of the sort.
Ciren may have taken 40 minutes to open the the scoring but the goals just kept coming in the second half.
The home side's first real effort on target came in the 20th minute, when Sean Wood collected a ball 30 yards out and fired in a fierce shot that Kieran Beesley in the Didcot goal did well to tip over the bar.
Cirencester finally got the goal their possession warranted five minutes before the break when Chris Holland powerfully headed home a right wing cross by Sean Wood.
Three minutes into added time, the hosts increased their lead. New signing Ben Prictor made a strong run down the left flank before releasing the ball to Steve Davies, who took a touch and calmly placed his shot inside the far right post.
Four minutes into the second half, Didcot were back in the game when Matt Blenford withstood two challenges before unleashing a fierce shot across goal and into the net.
The strike proved a wake-up call for Ciren and five minutes later they restored their two-goal cushion.
Lee Smith crossed towards the far post and the diminutive James Mortimer-Jones, who was having an excellent game in midfield, scored something of a collector's item - a headed goal.
Didcot were still dangerous and, in the 70th minute, Garner tipped a free kick from Taylor Janes over the bar. .
In the 72nd minute, a Ciren corner fell to Holland on the penalty spot and he blasted a drive in off the diving Beesley.
Mortimer-Jones turned provider in the 78th minute when playing a superb ball forward for Smith. In trademark style, the in-form striker cut inside from the left flank and easily found a way past Beesley.
A couple of minutes after he had hit the bar, Sam Collier collected a Smith shot that Beesley had parried and calmly tucked it inside the right post for 6-1.
Holland's audacious attempt to complete his hat-trick from the halfway line came to nothing but Ciren had not finished scoring.
Three minutes into time added on, Collier nodded a ball down in the box down for Smith who unselfishly laid a ball into the path of the onrushing Wood, and the midfielder produced a low precise finish from the edge of the box.
Cirencester Town: Garner, Anson (capt), Prictor, Mortimer-Jones, Holland, Henry (Beeden, 67), Wood, Hooper (Dunton, 67), Collier, Davies (Bennett, 67), Smith. Unused subs: Bevan, Bromley.
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