Emery shines as Longlevens beat Cirencester in opening pre-season friendly

Will Emery scored one and grabbed an assist as Longlevens won their opening pre-season friendly against Cirencester Town, 3-0.

The former Tuffley Rovers man scored the second and set up the third for Joe Haswell to see the Hellenic Premier side lead by three goals going into the break.

Both sides went into the game with strong XI’s and after a sold opening 20 minutes it was Longlevens who broke the deadlock when Harry Emmett latched onto a back pass to fire the visitors in front.

Longlevens doubled their lead when after Emmett was found in a yard of space in the middle of the Cirencester half, the forward was able to turn and run at the Centurions defenders before knocking it left to Emery who was the spare man.

Emery showed great pace to get up to support the front line before showing composure to clip the ball over Alex Harris, who could only get a hand on the effort – but couldn’t keep it out.

The first 45 minutes saw Longlevens quicker to the second ball and were winning the majority of the 50/50 challenges.

As soon as the second goal had gone in, Cirencester manager John Brough made his way from the stand we were commentating in and made his way to his dugout on the opposite side, quite obviously he had seen enough.

It got worse for his side when once again Longlevens were just that half a second sharper three times in the same move.

After Isaac Johns nipped in ahead of Tommy Anderson in the left wing back position, the ball was played forward to Emmett. Emmett and Brad Martin linked up before the ball was played to the supporting Emery.

Emery’s attempted ball to Brad Martin on the edge of the box was initially blocked by Ellis Dunton, but after Emery showed the agility to get to the loose ball first, he laid it right to Joe Haswell who’s low shot was too hot for Harris to handle as the keeper once again could only get a hand to the effort.

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Following the half time interval Cirencester upped their game. Immediately they moved the ball better and managed to get Josh Parsons involved much more than they had done in the first 45 minutes.

Parsons had the best chance of the game for Ciren when his back post header from a Jordon Morris cross was beaten away by Kane Winman in the Levens goal.

The reality of the host’s performance lays with the fact that the header was the only time Winman needed to make a save across the 90 minutes.

Jack Freeman and Parsons both sent free kicks over the crossbar and Morris’ fizzed ball in from the left could only be turned wide at the back post by Rodger James.

Levi Irving cut a frustrated figure up front for Cirencester as Ollie Long prevented him from getting any time on the ball to really impact the game.

In the end Longlevens management Craig Martin and Tommy Callinan Sr will be delighted with their side’s performance, whilst Brough will be much happier with the intensity of his side’s second half display but will be expecting more from his players in the coming weeks.

Earlier in the day a Cirencester Town XI beat Stonehouse Town in the Centurions first of the double header, with Aidan Bennett marking his return to the Corinium with the winner in a 1-0 victory.

Cirencester Town: Harris, Anderson, Morris, Turley, Anson, Dunton, James, Freeman, Irving, Parsons, Dennis

Subs: Staddon, Rockett, Philips

Longlevens: Winman, Johns, G Callinan, B Williams, Haswell, Long, T Callinan, O’Connor, Emmett, Martin, Emery

Subs: Wallace, C Williams, McGuirk, Cornell, Barnett, Sausman

M&S Roofing Men of the Match – Will Emery & Ollie Long (Longlevens)

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