FOOTBALL: Cirencester Town's Garner and Holland to miss Godalming game
CIRENCESTER TOWN will be without two of their first-choice back five when they try to make it six league wins in a row at Godalming Town tonight (Tuesday).
“Keeper Glyn Garner has started a short holiday which will also see him missing Saturday’s game at Guildford City,” revealed boss Brian Hughes. “Adam Clatworthy will step up from the Development side.
“And Chris Holland’s work commitments mean he can only make Tuesday night home games or those very close by – so he is out, too.”
But Hughes will again have the services of former Arsenal and West Brom starlet Jamie Edge who made his debut for Town in the 4-3 win against Wimborne on Saturday, when he provided a wonderful assist for Lee Smith’s goal.
Gloucester-born Edge signed a reported £100,000 deal with Arsene Wenger’s Gunners as a 15-year-old in 2009, having been talent-spotted at the Cheltenham Town youth set-up.
He then moved on to West Brom under Roy Hodgson two years later.
He subsequently spent a season playing for the Nike Football Academy at Loughborough University and then joined Gloucester City earlier this year.
Hughes said: “Jamie has been released by Gloucester and he knew Kevin Willetts (Hughes’ assistant) well from his time at Cheltenham.
“He’s such a nice lad and has come along for some advice on where he can go next.
“With his CV, he is never going to be here long term, but I hope he will play for us for at least a month.
“He did train with (Conference side) Hereford but a possible deal appeared to fall through.
“He has integrated really well with the lads and was hungry for the ball in training and the same was the case in Saturday’s match.
“Hopefully, we can get a smile back on his face while he is in the shop window with us.”
Hughes saw his Cirencester side twice forfeit a two-goal lead before eventually putting Wimborne away with an 85th minute Sean Wood strike.
“I enjoyed watching the 7-1 victory over Didcot much more,” admitted Hughes.
“I reverted to what I thought was my best back five and we still let in three goals.
“We were great going forward and opened them up well, but we seem to lose concentration at the back.
“It was a bonus to get an early goal for a change, though it was a very soft penalty and I would have been very unhappy had it gone against us.
“Having said that, the ref balanced things up with an equally bad decision for their second-half penalty, which got them back in the game.
“We did play well and perhaps should have killed the game off when we had a lot of possession. Then they put on two subs, threw the kitchen sink at us with four up front, and we definitely wobbled for about 15 minutes.
“But I liked the way that, having been pegged back to 3-3, we showed good character to go up the other end and win it.”
Hughes is delighted that striker Sam Collier has chosen not to take up offers from fellow Southern League clubs and effectively end his association with Town.
Collier has opted instead to play his way back to form in the Hellenic with Wootton Bassett Town, who groundshare at the Corinium Stadium.
It meant Hughes gave a first league start of the season on Saturday to 35-year-old warhorse Jody Bevan, who put in a good shift for an hour.
“Jody is working as hard as a 21-year-old and he did have some chances on Saturday,” said Hughes.
“My other striking option is Shane Bumphrey, who has been scoring for fun in the Development side and came off the bench to score a good goal for us on Saturday.”
CIRENCESTER Academy went down 3-1 in the FA Youth Cup against Forest Green Rovers’ U18s at the New Lawn last night (Monday).
FGR, who are coached by former Cirencester player Scott Bartlett, now move on to the first round proper of the FA Youth Cup.
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