Saturday 31st October 2020, The Pitching In Southern Football League, Division One South, Att. 230
Mangotsfield United…..0 Cirencester Town….3
Match report by Jon Morgan & Ron Loftus
A Joshua Parsons brace in the first half, followed by an Aidan Bennett header towards full time, were enough for Cirencester to see off a youthful & spirited Mangotsfield United in front of 230 at Cossham Street.
The early pressure was exerted by the home team with some unproductive forages down the visitor’s left, but after 10 minutes, the away side began to take control. Thomas Handley had a headed goal from a free-kick disallowed for offside, and then Joshua Parsons shot narrowly wide, on 22 minutes, when well placed.
The same player was upended by Matthew Binding in the box, three minutes later, and he despatched the resulting penalty into the roof of the net, to give ‘The Centurions’ a deserved lead.
The Field responded with a Harry Simons dipping volley from 25 yards that just cleared the bar.
Just when it appeared we would enter the break just this single goal in arrears. the gusty wind contributed to a miskick by a defender and fell nicely for the preditory Parsons to notch his second of the afternoon.
HT: Mangotsfield United….0 Cirencester Town….2
In a scrappy second half, John Dennis came close with a free-kick and substitute Levi Irving should have put the game beyond ‘Mangos’ reach, but his free header from a superb cross failed to hit the target. Minutes later, he received his marching orders for a second yellow for an innocuous challenge down the Mangos’ right. He had been on the pitch for just 6 minutes.
As the match entered the final few minutes a long, looping cross from the left caught in the wind and caused confusion between goalkeeper Jakob Glover and a defender allowing Aidan Bennett to float a header into the far corner. A seventh straight league defeat means we remain rooted to the foot of the table, but with the bleak Coronavirus outlook who knows whether we will be able to complete yet another frustrating season !!
FT: Mangotsfield United….0 Cirencester Town….3
MANGOTSFIELD UNITED: (Sky & Maroon/Sky) (Manager: Glyn Ashton )
G/K. Jakob Glover 2. Jai Semenyo, 3. Wayne Nderemani (Marcus Kelly 84), 4. Ben Payne, 5. Matthew Binding, 6. Dion Chambers, 7. Andre Freckleton © (Robert Belcher 66), 8. Harry Haughton, 9. Harry Simons, 10. Lewis Bull (George Neill 77), 11. Abe Noad
Unused subs. Jonathan Invernizzi, Mircea Ilea
Bookings: Matthew Binding (25), Harry Haughton (58), Harry Simons (78)
Red Cards: None
CIRENCESTER TOWN : (All Yellow) (Manager: John Brough )
G/K. Alex Harris, 2. Thomas Handley, 3. Jordan Morris, 4. Joe Turley (Aidan Bennett 82), 5. Shayne Anson, 6. Ellis Dunton, 7. Nick Hancock ©, 8. Joseph Shepherd, 9. Thomas Anderson (Michael Pook 66), 10. Joshua Grace-Parsons, 11. John Dennis (Levi Irving 70)
Unused subs. Ross Gabriel, Josh Nelmes
Bookings: Jordan Morris (88), Levi Irving (71 & 76)
Red Cards: Levi Irving (76)
Goals: Joshua Grace-Parsons (25p), & (45), Aidan Bennett (86)
Referee: Andrew Shepherd (Gloucester)
Assistants: Daniel Bugg (Bristol), John Duffy (Bristol)
The next game at Cossham Street is uncertain at this time, due to Lockdown (Covid 19)