Hopes ended Pook sees red as Cirencester knocked out
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