Clayton’s fine run of clean sheets is ended by defeat at Thatcham
CIRENCESTER Town’s 3-0 home victory over Bristol Manor Farm on Saturday was their fourth successive clean sheet.
That run ended at Thatcham on Tuesday, but former Cheltenham Town goalkeeper Lewis Clayton had not conceded for more than six hours, shutting out Melksham Town, North Greenford United (in the FA Cup), Highworth Town and Manor Farm since a 3-1 defeat at Cinderford on August 17.
Clayton joined the Centurions this summer after a spell playing for IFK Mora in Sweden.
He was considering taking a break from football, but when Cirencester made an approach he could not resist, signing on dual registration with National League North club Gloucester City.
“It was a club I couldn’t turn down and after a while I realised I didn’t want to have a break,” Clayton.
“Football is what I love and i’m glad I made such a good decision.”
Clayton has been playing behind a defence comprising right-back Will Christopher, centre-halves Will Wellon and Shayne Anson and left-back Will Tunnicliff.
“We look such a strong side defensively, as well as going forward,” he said.
“That’s the key to the clean sheets and I have so much confidence in my back four - it’s the strongest defence I’ve played with.
“Charlie (Griffin) is such a good manager too and all the staff have made me feel very welcome at Cirencester.”
Clayton, 19, still has ambitions to play higher, but for now he is happy to continue to build his first team experience at Cirencester after a previous spell with Bishop’s Cleeve.
“My main focus is to do well at Cirencester,” he said.
“Of course I would love to be playing in the National League, but I want to set secure foundations here before I start to think about higher levels.”
On Tuesday, Cirencester lost 3-0 at league leaders Thatcham Town.
They conceded two goals in three minutes to Joe Selman and Felipe Barcelos and Clayton made two fine saves.
Both sides were reduced to 10 men with Aidan Bennett being dismissed for Cirencester and George Jeacock added the third Thatcham goal.
Also on Tuesday, Evesham draw 1-1 at Frome Town, Jordon Sangha cancelling out Jonathan Davies’ goal, both strikes coming in the last six minutes.
On Sunday, Evesham were 2-1 winners at Sholing.
They opened the scoring on the half hour through Taylor Morrison and it was 2-0 at the break when Lee Chilton stepped up and sent Declan Mccarthy the wrong way from the penalty spot.
The Boatmen pulled one back two minutes into added time from a free kick which TJ Cuthbertson struck towards goal and the ball took a big deflection that wrong footed Lochlan Robertson.