PATIENCE is a virtue and Cirencester’s Jack Freeman has it in spades, according to boss Charlie Griffin.

The 18-year-old ex-Forest Green Academy and Shortwood United midfielder capped a rare start for Town with a sumptuous debut goal in Cirencester’s 4-0 demolition of Fleet Town, underpinning their promotion hopes in the process.

Griffin said: “It was a great performance from Jack, he’s had to wait a long time and had to be patient. He never misses a training session and is totally professional and now he has the opportunity to keep the shirt.”

Griffin felt the result was never in doubt as his side peppered a baby-faced Fleet.

“ Fleet have got some young lads, but played some good football at times and will upset teams,” added Griffin. “Our experience and physicality was too much for them.

“ I’m pleased we kept a clean sheet which is massive for us and our finishing was ruthless.”

Griffin was delighted with the impact of new signing Jarra Baboucarr, who joined the club on Friday night from Swindon Supermarine

I though 'Babz' had an excellent debut. He’s got great experience - leader at back and got on the ball, passed it well and won all his headers and his partnership alongside Alex Albert was excellent”

Town now ready themselves with the busy Christmas schedule and welcome Paulton Rovers next Saturday, 3pm.

“It won’t be easy,” claimed Griffin. “They went and beat leaders Yate on Saturday, so we know it will be a tough game.”