I HAVE a severe bout of football frustration. Forest Green dominate matches and do not win and now Cirencester Town have caught the disease.
Let's start at the Corinium Stadium where a thrilling contest against Fleet Town contained Jody Bevan’s 250th goal.
This was a special moment for him and those who have followed his lengthy career with interest. There were no special celebrations from Jody. He shrugged off his enthusiastic colleagues, grabbed the ball and raced back to the centre circle so the game could be quickly re-started.
Cirencester were now on level terms and they needed to score the winner. Team man Jody knew this so personal celebrations could wait. Try as hard as they could Cirencester could not find the winner. Superb goalkeeping, the woodwork and defiant defending by the lowly placed opposition kept them at bay. For their resilience alone Fleet deserved a draw in a lively game with a thrilling finish.
Happily for Cirencester, top scorer Lee Smith has decided to stay with the Town team. Brilliant with the ball at his feet, he has the ability to turn any game. It was no surprise that Paulton approached him but with Cirencester perhaps on the verge of something special Lee decided to stay.
Having failed to secure Lee, Paulton turned instead to Saul Williams, another pacy winger. Previously on loan to Oxford City, the youthful Saul needs to be playing regularly. Not quite ready for the FGR first team a loan for him is the best option.
Thursday’s televised fixture with Hereford should have been an easy win for FGR but they could not turn their superiority into goals and as can always happen a firm shot against the run of play gave Hereford an equaliser.
A thrilling cameo from Reece Styche almost brought a winner and perhaps he could have been brought on earlier.
I would always start Reece from the outset. His speed and vigour can unsettle any defence and if he tires there are players on the bench to replace him.
Being ticketless I could not head for Kingsholm on Saturday. My informants tell me I missed a good game, with Gloucester playing with plenty of energy and winning much more ball than expected. Munster, however, are streetwise opponents and were worthy winners.
‘The Shed’ are a knowledgeable, loyal group of fans and yearn for the return of the Kingsholm fortress days. There is material to build on at Gloucester and with this season slipping away the emphasis must be on getting next season’s foundations in place.
I also had expert information on the new Heythrop point-to-point course at Cocklebarrow, near Aldsworth. How am I so well informed you must be asking? The answer is easy. Mrs Light has busy Sunday mornings so being the thoughtful, considerate husband I am (and with a few FGR away games coming up) I take her to Sunday lunch at The Oddfellows.
This is definitely a life-enhancing experience and as well as the food there are some sporting experts usually present. The verdict on the course was that it was an excellent one – an asset to the area. I look forward to a visit.
On Friday, we said goodbye to Bob Warren who was buried in Poulton churchyard, next to his parents. Those who attended Cirencester Grammar School 50 years ago will remember Bob’s mighty javelin throwing. It took him far beyond the Victoria Road playing fields, brought him several schoolboy records and ultimately an invitation to join the England athletics team who practised twice a week at the White City. Economics and distance, it being a long, expensive journey from Eastleach to London, prevented him taking up the offer and he gave up throwing, but not before he had, when practising, struck a power cable, leaving Eastleach without electric power – at Christmas.
The Rev Jean Brown and Bob's daughter paid eloquent tribute to this loving family man. After the service it was back to his bungalow in Meysey Hampton. Partner Lisa, aided by friends and neighbours, had prepared a fine feast. The whole occasion was a fine tribute to a full Cotswold life, happily and lovingly lived.