Match Report: Cirencester Town 3 – 2 Basingstoke Town Saturday 21st December 2019

Bet Victor Division One South 21st December 2019

Cirencester Town 3 – 2 Basingstoke Town Attendance 191

Where: The Corinium Stadium, Kings Hill Lane, Cirencester, Glos. GL7 1HS

It is the season to give three points away, as we fail to hold onto a two-goal lead and sink to yet another defeat on the road.

Dan Brownlie’s, pre-Christmas line-up, with a number of players missing was; 1.Freddie Gee, 2. Alfie Saunders 3. Adam Everiss, 4. Aaron Kuhl, 5.Dean Stow (Capt), 6. Ryan Suckling, 7. Jordan Alves, 8. Ben Cook, 9. Bradley Wilson, 10. Jordan Edwards, 11 Claudio Herbert,

On the bench; Aiden Harris, Riccardo Andrady, Mikey Davis, Reece Rusher and Harrison Cliff

Whilst Basingstoke was gripped with another day of showers, the town of Cirencester was blessed with a day of bright sun, as your Stoke side attacked the covered end in the first half.

The first ten minutes sees neither team take control of the game, as passes either go astray or tackles made to prevent any goalmouth action.

It’s the home side, on 14 mins who create the first attack of note as they break down our left, but the resulting neat passing movement, ends up with a shot from 12yards that flashes past the goal and out for a goal-kick.

On 16 mins, we win a free-kick 35yards out, which Stow’s shot although hit well, never troubles the keeper as it passes 2yds wide of the right-hand post.

On 22 mins we are now starting to win the midfield battle as Aaron Kuhl’s timely tackles and neat passing, is supported by the hard work of Edwards & Cook. This results us in breaking deep into their half, but when a shot looks on in front of goal, we pass it wide to Jordan Alves on the win, but his crossed is blocked out for a corner. The corner comes to nothing.

Two attacks by Cirencester on 23 & 26mins, fortunately result in headers off-target, but it’s still who look the more attack-minded.

Then on 29 mins we break over midfield with Kuhl, who slides the ball out to Claudio Herbert on the left, he slides the ball back to Kuhl, who finds Bradley Wilson, who has time to set himself and then fires a shot that takes a strong deflection off the defenders outstretched leg and over the keepers dive and into the net GOAL! Cirencester Town 0 – 1 Basingstoke Town

Again good work in midfield, and goal-scorer, turns goal provider as Wilson’s header over the back four and finds Herbert on his own, and as the keeper comes out to narrow the shooting options, Claudio’s lovely chips keeps the keeper from 20yds and it takes one bounce before hitting the back of the net GOAL!! Cirencester Town 0 – 2 Basingstoke Town (31mins)

The small band of travelling fans are loving this, as we wake-up yet another library home crowd.

A timely intervention by Stow and Kuhl (37mins), halts a Cirencester attack, and we break quickly into their half, the ball is fed by Cook to Wilson, who takes it past his marker and sends a cracker of a shot, that flies just over the bar, with the keeper seemingly beaten.

As we head into first-half injury time, a Cirencester player is down holding his head, but they continue to attack for at least a minute, but once we win the ball, out come the claims to stop the play by Cirencester players.

It’s halftime with Stoke holding a deserved two-goal lead.

The second-half gets underway and with little action in the few minutes, we lose the ball in midfield, and the Centurions break, and three quick passes have out done our defence and the ball is planted in the back of the net and our lead is cut in half (1-2).

We are back on it on 53 mins and we break neatly through Edwards and Herbert, but Claudio, with two players shouting for the ball, selects the wrong pass and home side halt a nice attacking move.

The home side are now winning everything in midfield, so Dan Brownlie (62 mins), looks to freshen things up, as we make our first change with Jordan Alves being replaced by Riccardo Andrady.

Back-to-back corners are initially defended but on 64 mins, we succumb to another header at the far post and the game is back all-square (2-2).

It’s now all Cirencester and we fall behind, another unchallenged cross finds a Cirencester play who forces it home (3-2).

That open attacking first half play as gone, and the home side look to double their lead, but Gee makes a quality save on (70 mins).

A shot come cross by Everiss, is hit way too hard and flies out of the ground.

Our second change is made as Mikey Davis replaces Claudio Herbert (79mins).

Everytime we try to break, we seem unable to find a player and Cirencester are the team in control.

We make our third and final change on 88 mins as Reece Rusher replaces Jordan Edwards.

We head into injury-time and we don’t look like we can get this game back, as the home sides defence snuff out any glimpse of an attack.

It’s game over and a frustrating to say the least, second-half performance sends us home pointless.

Final Score: Cirencester Town 3 – 2 Basingstoke Town

Match Report by Martin French..