Zack Kotwica helped inspire Cirencester to an excellent second-half display to defeat Chesham United 3-0 at the Corinium Stadium.
It was the visitors who to took the game to the Centurions and their defence came under threat early on with a goal-mouth scramble, as one-time Cheltenham striker Barry Hayles directed a cheeky backheel at goal which had to be blocked.
But the veteran 43 year-old needed medical attention soon after in what looked like a hamstring injury, being replaced by substitute Sam Far.
Zack Kotwica posed a particular threat on the wing for Cirencester, and it was his dangerous cross which had to be dealt with by Ashley Smith.
From the resulting corner, his delivery found Ben Brown who’s towering header produced an acrobatic save from General’s keeper Shane Gore.
This was followed by an encouraging spell of possession for the home side as the hour mark ticked over, with both Kotwica and Parsons sending efforts wide.
With no side able to find that cutting edge to make the break-through, Chesham captain Tony Little tried his luck from a free-kick towards the interval which sailed over, as his effort brought an end to an entertaining fruitless first half.
Brian Hughes said in his pre-match column that he ‘hoped we would continue that second half attitude’, they showed against Dorchester in midweeek, and his players certainly adhered to this as Leigh Henry sent a well-directed header past Gore 3 minutes after the restart.
The goal enlightened Cirencester, and they played with more confidence, with Kotwica at the heart of it, assisting Ben Brown for their second goal.
But due to a lack in concentration, Chesham almost found a way back into the contest, through Sam Youngs, who’s Cruyff turn on the edge of the box was followed by a shot which just went wide.
The let-off only prompted the Centurions push for another, and they found it. An excellent team goal started with Ross Langsworthy’s pinpoint pass to Kotwica who teed up Brad Hooper, and the midfielder weaved past 2 defenders to slot the ball into the net.
Zack Kotwica could have topped off a fine individual display late on, but his curling effort did not have the sufficient precision he was hoping for. Nevertheless, the youngster will be hoping his performance will catch the eye of Gary Johnson, who has been casting a keen eye over him.
On Tuesday, Cirencester face a tricky home fixture at home to Weymouth, before a trip to Stratford Town the following Saturday.
Garner, Jones, Pritchett, Brown, Hooper, Henry (c) (Bennett, 83), Kotwica, Mortimer-Jones, Griffin, Langworthy (Knight, 72), Parsons (Buse, 75)
Gore, Smith, Little (c), Stewart, Ujah, Taylor, Pearce, (Duku, 70), Youngs, Blake, Hayles (Beasant, 6), Wilson
Referee: Neil Radford