Clay­ton’s fine run of clean sheets is ended by de­feat at Thatcham

Gloucestershire Echo - - RACING -

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.

Lewis Clay­ton

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