FOOTBALL: Cirencester Town 'bouncing' all the way to the Southern League title clincher

FOOTBALL: Cirencester Town 'bouncing' all the way to the Southern League title clincher

Ellis Dunton, left, who misses the crucial last game at Yate

Synchronised football with Cirencester's Lee Smith, right

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Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Editor

CALVIN HARRIS’ ‘Bounce’ needs to pump out just one more time on Saturday for Cirencester Town to lift the Calor League Division One South & West title.

'Bounce' has been the players' post-match dressing room anthem and has accompanied every one of their 28 wins in the league.

The players will make an exception and play it even if they draw at Yate in their final game of the regular season as they need just one point to be crowned champions.

Manager Brian Hughes is justifiably proud of his squad which was put together this season on a reduced budget compared to previous campaigns.

The team includes experienced heads like keeper Glyn Garner, James Mortimer-Jones and Lee Smith but Saturday’s line-up in the vital win over Shortwood also included four graduates from the successful Development Team – Ellis Dunton, Aidan Bennett, Joe Shepherd and Brad Hooper.

“The Development side has turned into a bit of a conveyor belt of talent for us and those lads have been phenomenal,” said the boss. “A club like ours has to be self sufficient and build from within. “But I can’t speak highly enough about all my players.

“They have been in the top two virtually all season and while the other principals have wobbled on the run-in they have had a run of six straight wins.

“The turning point was the Paulton game. After the last-minute loss at Didcot took us to five games without a win there was a row among the players in the dressing room and I just let them get on with it.

“Three days later we had to go to Paulton. Most were late and some did not arrive until after 7pm – it looked a recipe for a drubbing.

“But we found an extraordinary performance from somewhere that night and since then there has been a different look in their eyes. The bond that they had before Christmas has come back.

“Yate have drawn only once at home all season and we haven’t drawn away so I don’t know what to expect. I do know Yate is a tough place to get a result.”

Hughes goes into the game without two of the first choice back four which has done him proud this season.

Captain and right back Shayne Anson continues to be sidelined with a suspected hernia and left back Dunton has picked up a ban for 10 bookings.

“We all feel for Shayne who played through the pain for a long time but it has now become excruciating,” said Hughes.

“Ellis is as strong a defender as I have at the club and, of course, it is a blow to be without them both.

“While not exactly running on empty, we have been down to a bare 14 or 15 players and they have given me everything in the last few weeks.

“There was a lot at stake for both teams last Saturday and they dug deep again for another win against Shortwood.

“I’m hoping they have one last big effort in them, but whatever happens they have been nothing short of remarkable this season.”

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