Clay­ton signs for Town af­ter suc­cess­ful trial

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» LEWIS Clay­ton has joined Cirences­ter Town af­ter a suc­cess­ful trial pe­riod at the South­ern League Di­vi­sion One South club this sum­mer.

The young goal­keeper has also signed for Na­tional League North side Glouces­ter City on dual reg­is­tra­tion forms.

For­mer Chel­tenham Town youth team num­ber one Clay­ton re­cently re­turned from a spell play­ing in Sweden with fourth tier club IFK Mora, hav­ing spent most of last sea­son at home vil­lage team Bishop’s Cleeve in the Hel­lenic League Pre­mier Di­vi­sion.

“I’m de­lighted to sign for Cirences­ter,” Clay­ton said. “It’s a great club with fan­tas­tic fa­cil­i­ties and every­one has made me feel so wel­come.

“The move came from sign­ing for Glouces­ter City and Mike Cook sug­gest­ing a dual reg­is­tra­tion to get some game time un­der my belt and Cirences­ter was a club I couldn’t say no to.”

In their fi­nal pre-sea­son friendly on Tues­day, Cirences­ter were beaten 2-1 at home by Bris­tol City Un­der-23s.

Louis Brit­ton scored both City goals ei­ther side of a Michael Pook penalty for the Cen­tu­ri­ons.

They start the sea­son at Glouces­ter­shire ri­vals Cin­der­ford Town on Satur­day and then take on Melk­sham Town at home on Tues­day, Au­gust 20.

Eve­sham United were 3-2 win­ners at Strat­ford Town on Mon­day night, af­ter draw­ing 3-3 with Alvechurch on Satur­day.

Carl Ab­bott’s side went in front af­ter 15 min­utes at Strat­ford with a header from Matty Dodd but were pegged back three min­utes be­fore half-time.

Dodd then set up for­mer Chel­tenham Town wide man Adam Page three min­utes af­ter half-time to re­store Eve­sham’s lead.

Ten min­utes later, Brad Maslen­jones smashed the ball for­ward from his own half, and it flew over the keeper.

At Alvechurch, Eve­sham fell be­hind when mid­fielder Joe O’neil played the ball back to goal­keeper Reece Fran­cis but over­hit the pass and it rolled in.

Alvechurch went 2-0 up be­fore Eve­sham hit back when the hosts failed to deal with a cor­ner al­low­ing Ryan Pad­dock to score.

Jordan Sangha then scored a great goal from the edge of the box af­ter good work from Lee Chilton.

Dave Reynolds put Eve­sham in front be­fore a late Alvechurch lev­eller.

Cirences­ter Town have signed Lewis Clay­ton

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