CIRENCESTER Town cruised past league strugglers Hadley to end their losing run and move back into the play-off places in the Southern League Division One Central.

Having lost three games on the spin through October, Cirencester halted the run of defeats thanks to goals from Jake Lee, Nicholas Peare and Reegan Messenger.

A scrappy opening half-an-hour saw a couple of half chances but nothing to trouble either keeper before Lee opened the scoring seven minutes from the half-time whistle.

Felix Miles clipped a cross from the right byline towards the back post where an arriving Lee powerfully headed into the net.

Having taken the lead, The Centurions dominated proceedings after the restart but the visitors did come close to an equaliser. Cirencester keeper Stuart Nelson made a terrific double save to deny both Isaac Stones and Hadley captain Luke Alfano in quick succession.

And those saves proved vital for the hosts as they went up the other end and scored twice in three minutes to take the game away from Hadley. 

Firstly, Miles delivered a free-kick into a dangerous area where Peare arrived to firmly head downwards and into the net to make it 2-0.

Almost immediately, the hosts were back again and when Will Christopher's cross was cut-out and blocked for a corner, Miles delivered the set-piece to the back post where an incoming Messenger headed the ball over the line, despite the defender's best efforts.

A hat-trick of assists for Miles but more importantly, three valuable points for Cirencester, who move back up into fifth in the league standings.