White­head at the dou­ble for the Cen­tu­ri­ons

Gloucestershire Echo - - FOOTBALL -

» 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.

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