Five-star Cirencester clinch first win
CIRENCESTER Town reacted well to their opening day Southern League defeat at Cinderford to put five against Melksham Town without reply in their first home match of the new season.
Aidan Bennett headed the opener before new Forest Green loanee Oliver Artwell, from Forest Green, crossed for Alan Griffin to head in.
On the stroke of half time, Michael Pook scored from the penalty spot after Josh Parsons was tripped.
After the break, Artwell got a debut goal before Parsons scored from the penalty spot after he had been tripped.
Town had lost their opening fixture of the new season, going down 3-1 at play-off conquerors Cinderford.
The Centurions opened the scoring a few minutes before the interval when Pook confidently converted from the penalty spot after Parsons had been tripped.
After the break Cirencester made a couple of enforced changes and from the re-start Cinderford pressed forward and just before the hour mark James Harding struck the post leading to a goalmouth scramble and a corner that Andy Lewis headed home to level the score.
The goal encouraged Cinderford and the home side increased the pressure and once again a corner led to a goalmouth scramble before Moore eventually found the back of the net to give his side the lead.
As the game entered the final quarter hour Moore turned provider as his cross reached the far left post where Matt Macdonald slipped it to James Harding who finished from close range.
Evesham United’s new look side opened with a 1-1 draw against Paulton Rovers.
Paulton went in front after some quick passing, as the ball fell to the feet of former Robin Jacob Sloggett, his long range shot gave Reece Francis little chance as the ball found its way into the bottom corner of the net.
A Lee Chilton corner in the 38th minute found the head of Brad Maslen-jones whose header went just over the bar, and the Evesham pressure was rewarded in first half injury time.
Dave Reynolds appeared to rob the ball from the Paulton keeper after a long ball, followed by a superb turn and finish as the ball went in off the post.