Joe Baker Reports
10-man Cirencester were held to a 1-1 draw against relegation candidates Frome Town as Dan Cleverley’s strike cancelled out a 63rd minute penalty from Zack Kotwica.
The away side started the brighter of the two teams at the Corinium Stadium, with their front men troubling Ciren’s back four.
Experienced midfielder Adam Connolly created the Centurions first chance, finding space 25 yards out to curl a shot just wide of the left-hand post.
Then, a fizzing low cross from Ollie Knight on the left almost found Matt Liddiard at the far post, but the ball was cut out by Robins captain Sam Teale.
Frome missed perhaps their best chance of the first half with Darren Jeffries the culprit, as a through ball found the number 8, but his shot did not trouble goalkeeper Josh Langley.
But they upped the pressure on Brian Hughes’s players at the beginning of the second half, and if it wasn’t for Langley, they would have taken the lead.
The youngster made a couple of outstanding saves, most notably from point blank-range to prevent substitute Jake Jackson from scoring.
The stop was to prove important as Cirencester took the lead 3 minutes past the hour. Mark Pritchett was brought down by left-back Teale, and Kotwica stepped up to place the ball into the far corner.
Striker Ross Langworthy then missed a glorious chance to increase Ciren’s advantage, but after a quick counter-attack and a fine cross into the box from Kotwica, he could only blaze over from 6 yards out.
The miss came back to haunt him and Cirencester, as just 7 minutes later Frome equalised. Sam Cleverley was afforded space inside the penalty box to strike the ball into the net.
The game heated up with 10 minutes remaining as Pritchett was sent off and the Centurions went down to 10 men. The defender received a second yellow card for a dangerous tackle on Kris Miller.
There was to be late drama as Cirencester struggled to hold off the visitors. Frome almost pinched all 3 points in the very last minute, but were extremely unlucky.
Ricky Hulbert’s gaping header crashed off the bar before Jake Sinclair’s shot was scrambled off the line by Ciren’s players, as referee Geoff Russell blew for full-time moments later.
Cirencester will be hoping to secure 3 points when Slough travel down from Berkshire on Tuesday.
Cirencester: Langley,Anson,Bennett,Pritchett,Liddiard,Henry(c),Connolly,Mortimer-Jones (Buse, 76) ,Kotwica,Langworthy
Star man: Josh Langley