FOOTBALL: Cirencester Town come out on top of seven-goal thriller with Wimborne
4:27pm Sunday 27th October 2013 in Sport
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Cirencester Town 4
Wimborne Town 3
CIRENCESTER, twice two goals to the good, survived a second-half 'wobble' before Sean Wood secured all three points with the winner in the 85th minute.
The home team had a new face as ex-Arsenal and West Brom starlet Jamie Edge, who has been training with Town, made his debut in midfield.
With Sam Collier's departure to Wootton Bassett Town, veteran Jody Bevan started in the central striker role.
Cirencester have, worryingly, been conceding a number of early goals, but this time they were ahead in the sixth minute after a rather 'soft' penalty was given for an aerial challenge on Wood.
Steve Davies stepped up and planted the ball firmly inside the left post for a 1-0 lead.
Wood could himself have put Ciren 2-0 ahead in the 15th minute after an 11-pass move led to his shot from the edge of the penalty area going just wide of the post.
Bevan and Lee Smith both went close as Cirencester continued to dominate possession without getting the second goal their superiority warranted.
Wimborne's only real chance came in the 22nd minute when Sam Griffiths’ fierce shot from the edge of the box was parried by Glyn Garner and an offside Matt Kemble hit the loose ball over the bar.
In the 51st minute, Town did extend their lead when a delightfully-weighted ball from Edge was unhesitatingly blasted into the top left corner by Smith.
Bevan then came close to his 248th Southern League goal when just curling a chance wide of the target.
Wimborne made a double substitution in the 55th minute with Aidan Sainsbury and Mark Gamble replacing Jon Blake and Matt Kemble – and it prompted a rousing comeback.
Garner had to save well from Billy Maybury
but could do nothing to stop a Gamble penalty in the 66th minute.
The success lifted Wimborne and unsettled Cirencester, whose play became more ragged.
But it was Town who restored their two-goal lead when sub Shane Bumphrey volleyed home from inside the box in the 75th minute after clever build-up play between James Mortimer-Jones and Smith.
Still Wimborne rallied, replying a minute later with a well-struck drive from James Stokoe.
Then, in the 83rd minute, they were level. Gamble latched on to a lob into the area and from just outside the six-yard box he struck the ball against the right post before bundling the rebound over the line.
Undeterred by these set-backs, Cirencester showed great character, continuing to push forward and, with five minutes of normal time remaining, a defensive header fell to Wood on the edge of the penalty area and he promptly drove it into the bottom left corner to complete the scoring.
Cirencester Town: Garner, Anson (capt), Dunton, Mortimer-Jones, Holland, Henry, Edge, Wood, Bevan (Bumphrey, 60), Davies (Bennett, 88), Smith. Unused subs: Beedon, Prictor, Bromley.
Four Pillars MoM: Leigh Henry.
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