Griffin praises young side after Cirencester draw Chippenham in FA Cup

Charlie Griffin has praised his side’s attitude and desire after beating Gosport Borough in injury time to advance into the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup, where they have been drawn at home to National League side Chippenham Town. 

Levi Irving’s deflected 90th minute effort was enough for the Centurions, who have now made the Second Qualifying Round four times in the last five seasons.

In the draw this lunchtime Cirencester were the only Gloucestershire side to be drawn at home and have been given a fairly local rival in Chippenham at the Corinium Stadium on Saturday week.

After the draw, Griffin admitted that whilst any draw is going to be a tough test it is nice to be drawn at home.

“I think whoever you play in the FA Cup at this stage will be difficult, but it’s a home draw which is good. We know how good Chippenham are and what they have available to them in their squad, but saying that we will look forward to the game and look to give them a test,” said Griffin.

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The game against Gosport itself saw Cirencester continue to field a young squad and Griffin praised his young side for keeping going to get the right result in the end.

“I’m very pleased with the attitude and the desire from the guys, to put their body’s on the line when we knew that Gosport are a dangerous side. But we also knew what we can deliver as well and their willingness to keep knocking on the door paid off in the end. 

Levi came on and scored and at only 17 he’s still learning the game and we know he has that in him, he’s a goal scorer,

It’s great to see the lads coming on, they are new to it all but want to learn. I had Owen Windsor (17 years old), Oliver Artwell (17 years old), Jack Freeman (20 years old), Will Christopher (20 years old), Will Tunnicliff (20 years old), Lewis Clayton (19 years old), Tommy Anderson (20 years old), Jordan Morris (20 years old), Tommy Ouldridge (19 years old) and it really is great working with them all, they want to learn and with the experienced lads as well they have great grounding, which can only benefit their development,” Griffin added.

Charlie Griffin’s men gear up for the tie with Chippenham this Saturday with a trip to Sholing in the Southern League Division One South and the former Gloucester City striker says that he is looking for his side to keep up their momentum in the league.

“We want to keep pushing hard each game and keeping the momentum going. It’s vitally important, especially at this time of the season as you have so many games to play and sometimes in such a short space of time,” Griffin said.

Cirencester Town welcome Chippenham Town to the Corinium Stadium in the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round on Saturday 21st September; kick off 15:00.

Elsewhere in the FA Cup draw Cinderford Town were drawn away to Brackley Town, whilst Gloucester City will be heading to Kidlington in their Second Qualifying Round tie. Both games also being played on Saturday 21st September.