FOOTBALL: Cirencester knocked out of FA Trophy by Egham Town
10:38am Sunday 20th October 2013 in Sport
FA Trophy 1st Round Qualifying.
Egham Town 3.
Cirencester Town 2.
ANOTHER two goals from in-form striker Lee Smith could not prevent Cirencester Town completing a week of misery in FA Cup competitions, losing out to the odd goal in five at Egham Town.
Cirencester made three changes to the team that lost to Weymouth in the FA Cup the previous Saturday. The cup-tied Sean Wood returned in midfield where he replaced the injured Brad Hooper (elbow), while Ben Prictor played at left back instead of Jon Beeden and Aiden Bennett started up front, with Sam Collier dropping to the bench.
There was hardly time for the supporters to take their seats before Egham were a goal to the good in the third minute, Shane Graham meeting Josh Andrews’ superb cross with a bullet header.
Smith had a chance to level after 15 minutes when found by Aidan Bennett, but Gary Ross made a crucial save with his left boot.
Bennett then fired in a shot that clipped the bar halfway through the first period, before a remarkable period of four goals in 14 minutes.
Ross started the move for Egham’s second in the 24th minute, his goal kick finding centre half Chris Holland, whose under-hit back pass was pounced on by the lively Louis Chandler-Joseph, who rammed the ball past Glyn Garner in the Ciren goal.
Chandler-Joseph thought he had made it 3-0 a minute later but his shot came back off the post.
Smith reduced the arrears in the 28th minute, capitalising on a moment’s defensive hesitancy to fire in an angled shot.
But five minutes later Egham restored their two-goal cushion when, after some hesitation in the Ciren defence, Ryan O’Toole found the net with a shot of awesome power.
To their credit, Cirencester hit back again in the 39th minute, Smith nipping between two defenders and lobbing Ross from 18 yards.
It could have been all square at the break, but Steve Davies was denied by a good save from Ross.
Cirencester made a change at the half-time interval with Beeden replacing Chris Holland and they could have been level within a couple of minutes of the restart only for Bennett’s pile-driver to be magnificently tipped away from the top right corner by Ross.
Perhaps inevitably after the frantic end-to-end first half, the second period was quiet in comparison with few goal scoring opportunities.
Throwing on both Jody Bevan and Sam Collier for Bennett and Wood in the 61st minute did not have the desired effect and the game fizzled out with Egham holding on to progress to the next round.
Cirencester Town: Garner, Anson, Prictor, Mortimer-Jones, Holland (Beeden, 46), Henry, Dunton, Wood (Bevan, 61), Bennett (Collier, 61), Davies, Smith. Unused sub: Bromley.