FOOTBALL: Cirencester face two massive tests in Corby and Poole

Nat Jarvis

Nat Jarvis

First published in Sport Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Editor

BIG-SPENDING Corby Town arrive at the Corinium Stadium today, the first of two massive tests in four days for the newly-promoted Cirencester Town.

On Tuesday, night they travel to Poole Town another one of the favourites for the Southern Premier League title.

Town boss Brian Hughes is looking forward to the two big clashes with much more anticipation after his side bounced back from a rather lacklustre opening-day defeat at Paulton Rovers to turn in a scintillating display of attacking football to beat Bideford 6-2 on Tuesday.

“It was the sort of top quality performance we saw on occasion last season—but usually away from home,” said Hughes.

“Our front three worked incredibly hard and were a nuisance for 90 minutes and that encourages the likes of Jamie Edge and Brad Hooper join the party,” said Hughes.

“My defence always does its job, win or lose every week, but the energy shown by our front three is the key to our form.

“With goals came confidence and then we really showed how we could play.”

Nat Jarvis, dual registered with Gloucester City, looked a real handful up front and bagged two of the six goals.

“Nat only came to us late on in pre-season and was short on confidence but a couple of minutes after he scored a tap-in from a few yards he had a pop from 30 yards. That’s what scoring any goal does for your confidence.”

Hughes also singled two-goal ace Matt Liddiard and left back Ben Prictor for praise.

“Lidds is what I would call a typical Cirencester Town player in that he is not given credit for what a good footballer he is,” said Hughes.

“Ben looks a different player this season and it was from his quality set pieces that we scored four of our goals.

“Ben Wells (on the bench on Tuesday) put a lot of free kicks and corners into good areas on Saturday but we did not get on the end of them.

“Ben did the same on Tuesday but this time it led to some fine goals.”

Gethin Jones, like Jarvis, another former Cardiff City player, also made his home league debut against Bideford.

At 33, he brings a wealth of experience to the Town back line and is very much a leader in Hughes’ young pack. “I’ve liked Gethin as a player for a number of years and I am delighted he agreed to join us,” said Hughes.

Town are expected to be unchanged for the visit of Corby although striker Aidan Bennett is close to a return.

Former Conference side Corby Town boast a squad with a liberal sprinkling of former League players and are one of only three sides to have made a perfect start (two wins in two) to the new season.

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