Wood­work de­nies Town four times dur­ing loss

Gloucestershire Echo - - SPORTING INDEX -

CIRENCES­TER struck the wood­work four times as they fell 4-2 at home to new South­ern League Divi­sion One South lead­ers Paulton Rovers.

A two goal burst early in the sec­ond half took the game out of Cirences­ter’s reach af­ter they started well and Ai­dan Ben­nett struck both posts within two min­utes – the sec­ond of which even­tu­ally reached Ol­lie Artwell who blasted it into the top right cor­ner.

Within min­utes Paulton were sur­pris­ingly awarded a free kick and Cameron Shor­ney’s strike clipped the top of the wall en-route to the back of the net.

Af­ter the in­ter­val Paulton took the lead when David Sims-burgess broke free to tuck the ball past an ad­vanc­ing Lewis Clay­ton and five min­utes later Ben Ba­ment dou­bled their lead.

As Cirences­ter pushed for­ward to get back into the game they left gaps and suf­fered an­other set­back when Ed Butcher gave his side a 4-1 cush­ion.

Dur­ing the fi­nal 15 min­utes Jack Free­man struck the bar, Levi Irv­ing and Alan Griffin headed wide of the tar­get and Will Christo­pher’s fierce drive was saved by Joe Perry.

In added-time Alan Griffin con­verted a penalty to re­duce the mar­gin of de­feat.

On Tues­day, Cirences­ter drew 0-0 at Money­fields, while goal­keeper Andy Han­nah saved a last-miniute penalty as Cin­der­ford Town re­sisted Eve­sham’s come­back to win 4-3 at The Cause­way.

James Hard­ing put Cin­der­ford ahead and af­ter Eve­sham equalised through Matt Dodd, Craig Nor­man, Ethan Moore and Andy Lewis gave the Foresters a 4-1 lead.

Eve­sham pulled back to 4-3 thanks to Paul Sul­li­van and Lee Chilton. They had a chance to earn a point be­fore Han­nah’s hero­ics de­nied them as he saved Chilton’s penalty and blocked the re­bound. Eve­sham had 4-0 win over Man­gots­field on Satur­day, Chilton hit­ting a hat-trick.

His first came from a third-minute penalty and he added a sec­ond af­ter 24 min­utes from close range.

Ryan Pad­dock net­ted the third five min­utes be­fore half-time, and Eve­sham were re­duced to 10 ment when Jack Cress­well was dis­missed.

But they sealed the win five min­utes into the sec­ond half with Chilton’s third goal.

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