Cirencester Town...5 Mangotsfield United...1
Centurions in control
Saturday 27th January 2018, The Evo-Stik League South – West Division. Attendance 140
Cirencester Town….5 Mangotsfield United…1
Match Report by Ron Loftus
Recently-appointed Caretaker Manager, Ollie Price , endured a baptism of fire at the Corinium Stadium on Saturday. After a reasonably balanced first period, the home side stepped up a gear after the interval to record an emphatic victory over the ‘ Field.
A healthy number of Mangotsfield fans had made the relatively short journey to Cirencester curious, no doubt, to see what, if any, improvements or changes were in evidence following the departure of the previous management team. They would have feared the worst, however, when just 3mins. in, a long, deep cross from the right to the back post was met by home skipper, Alan Griffin, whose downward header wasn’t dealt with by Dorrington and the much sought-after Centurions striker, Ben Whitehead, prodded home from close range to put his side ahead. ( 1-0 ). This game was probably only able to go ahead - with incessant rain falling overnight prior to kick-off - because of Cirencester ‘s immaculate 3G pitch and the home team have certainly adapted well to the style of football required to gain full benefit from the surface. Their short passing, accurate football saw Mangotsfield struggling to get a foothold in the match. On 10 mins. however, Kailan Gould broke through on goal only to be denied by a last-ditch tackle from behind which, on another occasion, may well have seen a penalty awarded and the provision of a red card but match Referee Mr.Wilding deemed the challenge fair !
The ‘ Field were, however, settling more into the game and on 32mins. a long, diagonal pass from the left by Jordan Williams saw the alert John Elliott nip in between a defender and the advancing home custodian, Thom Jonkerman, to score with a low shot into the vacant net. (1-1). Just two minutes later the hosts were, however, nearly gifted what would have been a bizarre second goal as Dorrington, having collected an over-hit through ball, was totally unaware that Griffin was lurking behind him and when the young ‘keeper placed the ball on the ground to kick clear, the wily veteran striker was able to nick the ball away from the embarassed visiting ‘ stopper ‘ and roll it towards the gaping net. Amazingly, he completely missed the target and the ball went harmlessly wide of the left-hand post !!
The home team came out of the blocks like an express train at the start of the second half and within 3mins. had put the game virtually out-of-reach of the bewildered visitors. Firstly, on 47 mins., Whitehead was allowed far too much time and space down the left and was able to advance into the penalty area unchallenged before firing low and hard into the bottom right-hand corner beyond Dorrington’s outstretched left hand. ( 2-1 ). Barely a minute elapsed before Whitehead, again, shot left-footed at Dorrington who, this time, was able to block the effort but the ball fell kindly to the incoming Spalding who was able to net comfortably from the rebound. ( 3-1 ). Ollie Price reacted immediately to this set-back by introducing Lewis Powell from the bench in place of Kailan Gould, swiftly followed by new signing, Adam Kelly, replacing the tiring Simon Gilbert - playing his first game since well before Christmas.
There was an immediate improvement in Mangotsfields midfield and several chances were created - and wasted! Firstly, a corner from the left was headed goalwards only to be cleared from under the crossbar by a defender. Then when Simpson broke clear of the defence, the ball became tangled under his feet and the chance was lost. With the game becoming end-to-end, Griffin missed a good chance for our hosts before Powell broke into the right-hand side of the box only to see Jonkerman save his low shot with his feet. Charlie Maddison should probably done better with a low shot across the face of the goal soon after. As the game entered its final stages, a tiring Mangotsfield rearguard were, once again , exposed by the pace and accuracy of our hosts. On 84mins. Cirencester substitute - Aidan Bennett – was allowed to cut in from the left before firing an unstoppable shot in off the underside of the bar from the edge of the area. ( 4-1 ). As the game went into stoppage time a superb run by Cirencester’s Henry Spalding saw him slice his way through the heart of our defence, evading at least four tackles, before striking powerfully past Dorrington from 15 yards. ( 5-1 ).
No doubt, if he didn’t know already, Ollie Price would have learned that the squad is under-strength to be competitive at Southern League level and with the two sides immediately below us, Barnstaple and Bishops Cleeve, recording impressive away victories on the same afternoon, alarm bells should be ringing as both teams have games in hand over us as the season seems to be heading for a nervy climax !
FT: Cirencester Town….5 Mangotsfield United… 1
CIRENCESTER TOWN ( Red & Black), Manager: Charlie Griffin
G/K: Thom Jonkerman, 2. Will Christopher, 3. Ellis Dunton, 4. Michael Pook, 5. Alexandru Albert, 6. Tommy Ouldridge (Aidan Bennett 66), 7. Tommy Anderson (Max Lloyd 86), 8. Adam Connolly, 9. Alan Griffin © (James Mortimer-Jones 80), 10. Ben Whitehead, 11. Henry Spalding.
Unused Subs: Mason Lewis, Scott Rose (G/K)
Red Cards: none
Goals: Ben Whitehead (3 + 47), Henry Spalding (48 + 90), Aidan Bennett (84)
MANGOTSFIELD UNITED: ( White/Sky/Black), Manager Ollie Price
G/K. George Dorrington, 2. John Elliott, 3. Jordan Williams, 4. Tom Warren, 5. Martin Stowell, 6. Ed Weeks ©, 7. Simon Gilbert (Adam Kelly 55), 8. Connor Jones, 9. Kane Simpson, 10. Kailan Gould (Lewis G. Powell 49), 11. Charlie Maddison.
Unused Subs: George Lloyd, Ollie Price
Bookings: Tom Warren (43), Charlie Maddison (58), Martin Stowell (69)
Red Cards: none
Goals: John Elliott (32)
Referee: Darren Wilding (Worcs)
Assistants: Grzegorz Kornasiewicz (Oxford), Edward Hall (Lancs)
Please note that our home & away games are now covered by KRT Digital Sport and can be found on Youtube.
The next scheduled game at the Curtis Drew Stadium, will be on Saturday 3rd February 2018, when ‘The Citizens’’ of WINCHESTER CITY will be the visitors. 3.00pm