Goals from Toumani Sidibe, Levi Irving and Tommy Anderson ensured that the John Brough era at Cirencester Town got off to the perfect start – with a comfortable 3-0 win over local rivals Slimbridge.
After a tough couple of weeks following Charlie Griffin’s departure from the club, Cirencester Town went into the game having seen the subsequent departures of Jay Malshanskyj and Alan Griffin amongst others meaning that U18s striker Levi Irving would be playing as the lone striker.
But it was right winger Sidibe who opened the scoring after five minutes for the Centurions. The impressive John Dennis picked the ball up in the middle of the park and threaded in a great pass for Sidibe to stroke the ball home past an advancing Lewis Adams.
Myron Turner nearly equalised with Slimbridge’s first real chance of the game, but his effort was smartly saved down to his left hand side by Lewis Clayton.
Clayton’s opposite number Lewis Adams was next to show his ability in goal with a decent save to his left from Jack Freeman’s effort from 18 yards.
As the wind began to get harsher the game became tougher for both sides and it benefitted Slimbridge, who saw Will Peck fire over from the corner of the box.
Cirencester had a shout for a penalty rejected by the referee when Dennis went down in the box under a challenge before Rhys Sarson skied a glorious chance for Slimbridge just before the break.
The second half started with Dennis firing over from the edge of the box, as Cirencester moved the ball quickly and looked very good going forward.
The Centurions doubled their lead eight minutes into the second half when Slimbridge defender Joel White misjudged a long ball forward and Levi Irving showed his class and composure by slotting the ball under Adams into the back of the net.
The goal was the least Irving deserved for an impressive performance from a man who has such a big future in football and hopefully for Cirencester Town.
From there both sides slugged out the second half and with the wind still howling around Thornhill Park it was a tough 20 minutes or so for both sides to find a rhythm to their play.
With 20 minutes left Cirencester showed their quality one final time with neat interplay leading to a ball sliding Tommy Anderson in down the left hand of the box. After Adams did well to initially block the first effort, Anderson was able to fire home from a tight angle leading to scenes of jubilation for the squad, the bench and the fans alike.
In the end Slimbridge huffed and puffed but couldn’t get themselves back into the game and on a disappointing afternoon it felt like they really lacked the bite to hurt Cirencester.
The win is Cirencester’s first win in five league games and they will look to make it two wins from two with Brough as manager when they host AFC Totton on Tuesday night (10th December) before hosting Barnstaple Town next weekend, whilst Slimbridge head to Thatcham Town next Saturday (14th December).
Slimbridge: Adams, Nesbeth, Peck, Ford, White, C Turner, King, Price (Beckinsale 68′), Sarson (Martin 61), M Turner, Tuodolo (Spruce 61′)
Subs Not Used: Chambers, D Turner
Cirencester Town: Clayton, Morris, Tunnicliff, Anson, Mortimer-Jones, Wellon, Anderson (Ouldridge 84′), Freeman, Irving, Dennis, Sidibe
Subs Not Used: Lloyd, Farr, Rose, Grace-Parsons
Severn Sport Man of the Match – James Mortimer Jones (Cirencester Town)