FOOTBALL: Smith to the rescue as Cirencester come from behind again
CIRENCESTER TOWN made it six league wins in a row when coming from behind to beat Godalming Town on Tuesday night.
And they did it without two of their first-choice back five, keeper Glyn Garner and Chris Holland.
One constant was super striker Lee 'Smudger' Smith, whose two late second-half goals saw Ciren recover after conceding in the fifth minute.
That’s a remarkable 13 goals in ten league games for the prolific Smith, who has added a further five goals in cup competitions.
“Glyn has started a short holiday which will also see him missing Saturday’s game at Guildford City,” revealed boss Brian Hughes. “Adam Clatworthy stepped up from the Development side and did well.
“Chris's work commitments mean he can only make Tuesday night home games or those very close by – so he was missing, too.
"Again we conceded an early goal and I had to rattle their cage at half-time, but we battered Godalming in the second half and after Smudge's penalty there was only going to be one winner.
"His second goal was typical of how hard he is working. He made a run from the left wing into the box – he just gambled – and he got his reward when the goalie hesitated and he was able to volley home from close in."
Hughes again had call on 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 a Smith goal. He was very influential in the win over Godalming, too.
Town will be missing three players for the game at Guildford City on Saturday - Garner, captain Shayne Anson and and Steve Davies.
"Shayne has taken some time off to go to Jamaica to see his grandmother who is not well and Davo is going to Mike Symons' (Gloucester City) stag weekend," said Hughes.
CIRENCESTER Academy went down 3-1 in the FA Youth Cup against Forest Green Rovers’ U18s at the New Lawn on Monday night.
SHORTWOOD UTD, who play alongside Cirencester in the Southern League, earned a tie in the first round proper of the FA Cup against Port Vale after beating Aldershot 2-1 on Tuesday night, with another goal from top striker Duncan Culley, who grew up in Fairford.
CIRENCESTER TOWN'S home league match against high-flying Paulton Rovers, scheduled for Tuesday, November 12, has been postponed until December so that Town can play their Red Insure Cup match at Swindon Supermarine on Wednesday, November 13.
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