Hopes ended Pook sees red as Cirences­ter knocked out

Gloucestershire Echo - - SPORTING INDEX -

CIRENCES­TER Town’s FA Cup hopes were ended by a 3-0 de­feat to fel­low South­ern League side Winch­ester City in the third qual­i­fy­ing round.

The home side made the per­fect start as they scored af­ter 2 min­utes fol­low­ing a free kick that re­sulted in a tap-in for Rob Carr and they dou­bled their tally, just as Cirences­ter looked to be get­ting to grips with the game, around the mid­point of the first half when Simba Mlambo tucked home a one-on-one chance in­side Matt Wiec­zorek’s left post.

With a two-goal cush­ion the home side pressed Cirences­ter back but Town man­aged to counter and look more threat­en­ing dur­ing the fi­nal few min­utes of the half.

Af­ter the in­ter­val, City came out of the blocks very quickly but the Cirences­ter de­fence stood firm be­fore re­spond­ing with a foray to the left cor­ner where Ben White­head clipped the bar.

Shortly af­ter­wards, be­fore the hour mark, Cirences­ter were re­duced to 10 men when Michael Pook was shown a straight red card for a low slid­ing tackle near the half-way line.

Char­lie Grif­fin made a tac­ti­cal switch to play with three at the back in an ef­fort to match Winch­ester in mid­field and pose a threat go­ing for­ward and this they did as White­head and Owen Wind­sor fired in low shots, Wind­sor also strik­ing the post.

In added-time Oli Bai­ley latched onto a ball down the right chan­nel and as he cut into the penalty area he tan­gled with Adam Con­nolly lead­ing to a penalty that Joe Hay­ward smashed into the net to de­servedly con­firm Winch­ester’s place in the next round.

Cirences­ter Town De­vel­op­ment put 14 goals past Tyther­ing­ton Rocks in Divi­sion One West of the Hel­lenic League, Reigan Cook hit­ting a hat-trick.

Max Lloyd, Sam Walsh and Dan Wheeler scored twice with one goal each for Jack Har­g­reaves, Con­nor Hibbs, Frankie Greive­son, Jack Woods and Josh Ukoha.

FC Baro­met­rics cel­e­brate their win­ning goal in their 4-3 North­ern Se­nior League Divi­sion One vic­tory over Quedge­ley Wan­der­ers

Brad Martin

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