REPORT – Cirencester Town 2-1 Biggleswade Town

Captain Matt Liddiard was the hero as the midfielder popped up with a last-minute winner to give Cirencester a deserved victory over Biggleswade.

In a tight start to the match at the Corinium Stadium, the Centurion’s first chance didn’t arrive until 15 minutes gone when Charlie Griffin headed wide from Ollie Knight’s cross.

Forward Tony Burnett was a lively outlet for the visitors and he came inches from giving his team the lead but his looped effort travelled just wide of the post.

Brad Hooper was the man to open the scoring for Cirencester in the 26th minute with a deflected shot from 25 yards-out which flashed past the unsighted Waders goalkeeper Ian Brown

17 year-old Matt Bower on-loan from Cheltenham looked an assured presence at the heart of the back four and was coping well 15-goal marksman Inih Effiong, who’s power and strength was a considerable asset to Biggleswade.

And striker Effiong felt aggrieved when he had a legitimate penalty appeal turned down just before half-time after being bundled down by Shayne Anson in the box.

Charlie Griffin was then unlucky to not score as the second half began after his header was somehow kept out by the crossbar.

Biggleswade began to dictate possession soon after and Burnett should have done better but he blazed an effort outside the box terribly wide, before Griffin was denied again by an excellent reflex save from goalkeeper Ian Brown.

It was Ian Rees who’s acrobatic volley off the bar who gave the men in green an equaliser with 20 minutes remaining.

The goal gave his side confidence and they were only prevented from stealing the advantage by an excellent fingertip save from Cirencester stopper Josh Langley.

Brian Hughes made a double substitution and brought on fresh legs in the form of left-back Aidan Bennett and midfielder Adam Connolly for Prictor and Hooper respectively, as assistant coach Jody Bevan looked to galvanise the players from the touchline.
Charlie Griffin was incredibly denied a third time in the game with 10 minutes left as he spurned a terrific chance from 5 yards which was saved by Brown.

When it looked as though Cirencester’s luck was out, Matt Liddiard struck in 91st minute with a guided volley into the far corner to the delight of Cirencester’s coaching team and Jody Bevan in particular.

With Cirencester’s chances of both relegation and promotion remote, they will be keen to put in good performances in the end-of-season run-in with their next fixtures in the space of two days against Bedworth at home on Saturday and a visit to rivals Chippenham the following Monday.

Cirencester:
Langley,Brown,Prictor(Bennett,73),Bower,Liddiard(c),Anson,Hooper(Connolly 73),Mortimer-Jones,Griffin,Kotwica,Knight

Biggleswade:
Brown,York,Coulson,Short,Hoyte,Key,Daniel(c),Rees,Effiong,Lewis,Burnett

Referee: Darren Whilding

Star man: Matt Liddiard