Whitehead at the double for the Centurions
» TWO late goals from Ben Whitehead helped Cirencester come from a goal down to record a superb 4-2 victory against Winchester City on Tuesday night beating the side that dumped them out of the FA Cup 12 days ago.
Winchester that opened the scoring after 25 minutes when they won the ball on half-way and quickly supplied Oli Bailey who burst through for a one-on-one with Matt Wieczorek to confidently finish inside the left post.
Despite the setback Cirencester continued to push forward and just before the interval the returning Tommy Ouldridge levelled as he calmly placed his shot inside the right post from the edge of the box.
Cirencester made the perfect start after the break when Alan Griffin headed a free kick into the top right corner but they could not relax for a minute, as on the hour - after a number of chances went begging Winchester equalised when Jamie Barron rifled in a shot from the edge of the area after Wieczorek had saved with his feet.
Both keepers had made important saves before the deadlock was broken in the 85th minute when Jack Freeman slipped the ball to Ben Whitehead who rode a challenge from ‘keeper Ryan Pryce for a tap-in.
In added time, Whitehead chased a ball to the right corner before cutting-in and curling his shot inside the left post to complete the scoring.
» ON Saturday, Cirencester exited the FA Trophy, losing 2-0 to Thatcham Town.
The early period was very scrappy but the home side that looked the more dangerous as the mid-point approached and it was no surprise that they opened the scoring after 25 minutes when Shane Cooper-clark tucked away a sharp chance, following a long throw from the left flank.
Aidan Bennett nearly levelled for Cirencester three minutes later when he headed a deep cross from the right just over the bar but during the final 15 minutes of the half the home side created a couple of openings while a Cirencester free kick was somehow blocked near the home goal-line.
Cirencester started the second half positively and once again nearly levelled when an Alan Griffin effort was deflected onto a post by a defender on the line before Thatcham launched the ball downfield for Cooperclark to chase, collect and drive into the Cirencester area where he confidently finished inside the left post as Matt Wieczorek advanced.
With a two goal cushion the home side pressed and Wieczorek was called into action a number of times to deny them as they ran out comfortable winners to advance to the next round.