CIRENCESTER'S last match of the season with the side knowing that a win would secure a 6th place finish in the table, writes Dave Pyzer

The home match at the The Talent Hire Stadium against Welwyn Garden City would end in a convincing 3-0 win for The Centurions. 

The reverse fixture in September had  resulted in a hard fought 1-1 draw.

There were three changes to the Cirencester starting eleven that faced Hertford Town in the previous match as Reegan Messenger, Luca Robinson and Ben Whitehead were replaced by Willem Pooley, Jordan Morris and George Peare respectively.

The former three players were joined on the bench by James Mortimer-Jones and Ronnie Newberry.

The visitors kicked off and following their initial attack Cirencester began to take control as they mounted a number of attacks before Felix Miles converted a cross-field pass after 15 minutes to open the scoring.

In response The Citizens tried to use their flanks but Cirencester were in determined mood and stifled any threat and as a result the game became quite scrappy before Nick Peare added a second five minutes from the scheduled interval as he headed home from close range.

After the break the visitors looked more dangerous, with Henry Jones often involved, but Cirencester were also threatening as they countered quickly and once again it became scrappy as both sides fought for the upper hand.

On the stroke of full time Ben Whitehead broke free and fired a fierce cross-shot towards the far-right post for Luca Robinson to dart forward to finish from a couple of yards.

A couple of minutes later Whitehead left the pitch on a stretcher as he was injured whilst shooting at The Citizens goal – everyone at the Club wishes him a full and speedy recovery.

A solid team performance from The Centurions to secure sixth place in the table, but miss-out on the play-offs by two points at the end of a tough campaign with so many two-hour plus journeys across the country.