Cinderford come from behind to win opening day derby against Cirencester

Three second half strikes saw Cinderford Town come from behind to beat Cirencester 3-1 in our featured game this weekend at the Causeway. 

After an even first half, the visitors took the lead just before half time when Michael Pook stepped up to send Andy Hannah the wrong way from the penalty spot, after Centurions forward Josh Parsons was tripped in the box.

Earlier in the half Ethan Moore crashed a header against the Cirencester bar and Hannah clawed out a goalbound header from Alan Griffin as both sides cancelled each other out for the most part of the opening 45 minutes.

Cinderford came out for the second half nearly 5 minutes before their visitors and played with more purpose in the second period.

Andy Lewis rose highest to nod in the equaliser from a corner routine that saw Matt McDonald whip in an inswinging corner from the right hand side, with the Cinderford players beginning on the Cirencester goal line between running towards the six yard box as the kick was being taken.

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After the routine worked perfectly, it was implemented a number of times towards the end of the game as the hosts looked for a potentially winning goal.

The second goal came from another Matt McDonald corner, this time the ball ricocheted at the back post before falling to Ethan Moore in the six yard box and the striker was able to force the ball over the line, despite the best efforts of goalkeeper Lewis Clayton.

Just before the second goal, Alan Griffin had a glorious opportunity to put the visitors back in front when a cross from the right fell to him in the box. But Griffin could only spin on the ball and blast straight at Andy Hannah.

From the second Cinderford goal the result never seemed in doubt as the hosts began to control the tempo and overall play and there was little surprise when James Harding added a third goal to put the icing on the cake.

For Cirencester they will be disappointed as after conceding two goals from corners, the third was a cross in from Ethan Moore that the Centurions just couldn’t deal with. After Matt McDonald kept the chance alive at the back post, the ball fell to Harding who made no mistake from about 7 yards out.

Late on Lewis Clayton pulled off a spectacular save to his left from a dipping strike from the ever impressive Sam Turl. The wind had caught the shot and Clayton almost dived past it high to his left, a terrific stop!

Cinderford claim all three points and head onto their midweek fixture with Paulton Rovers, whilst Cirencester will look to get their first points on the board when they host Melksham Town at the Corinium Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Cinderford Town: Hannah, Turl, Waugh, Lewis (Norman 76′), Rhodes, Angel, Watkins, Sheehan (Thomas 78′), Moore, Harding (Hunt 81′), McDonald

Subs Not Used: Dibble, Simpson

Cirencester Town: Clayton, Christopher, Tunnicliff, Pook, Anson, Wellon, Anderson (Bennett 46′), Freeman, Griffin, Parsons (Ouldridge 63′), Dennis (Morris 46′)

Subs Not Used: Ayres, Mortimer-Jones

Severn Sport Man Of The Match – Matt McDonald (Cinderford Town)

 

READ MORE: Check out the full list of results from this weekend in and around the county right here