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Monday 9 April 2007
British Gas Business Southern League Premier
(match 38)
at Corinium Stadium, Cirencester.
BGB Southern League logo

Ciren helmet

Cirencester Town


Gloucester City

New Tigers Badge: no-one knows why...

HT (0-2)

T.Hamblin (59og)
City 3rd blue kit
S.Griffin (24), T.Hamblin (37),
J.Cox (49)
N.Mustoe ©
© M.Jackson
(for 6, 50) S.Cowe
C.Thompson (for 6, 29)
M.Shaxton (for 9, 82)
J.Welsh (for 10, 67)
(for 10, 57) D.Wallington
Ciren: L.Molyneux (foul 37), M.Jackson (dissent 86), S.Leigh (dissent 88)
City: none
Dismissals: none

T-Ender City MotM: Jimmy Cox - another performance where the opposition couldn't keep up. Suddenly Coxy looks a hungry player again.

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A further away victory for City was enough to pull us over the line and to confirm final and absolute SLP safety for another season with four games to spare. That this victory also left Cotswold neighbours Cirencester in the deepest of relegation bother only made the result even sweeter, and the differing fortunes of the two teams could be seen throughout a one-sided contest. Whilst City cruised to an early lead with goals from Ciren old-boy Scott Griffin and a thumping header from Tom Hamblin, the home side looked like a team that believes they're already down. Only once the impressive Jimmy Cox added a well deserved third did Ciren summon up any figth at all, and even another City own goal couldn't disguise just how dominant we were with only some bad luck and inspired goalkeeping prevented a rout.

City finally opened the scoring after Jimmy Cox charged on to a Webb ball down the left wing and comfortabley shrugged off Ciren's Ollie Holder. Coxy looks like a player getting his legs back and even here showed a maturing willingness to get his head up and look for his team mates. His cross found a string of City players out numbering the defence. Sykes met the ball first but his twisting volley smacked straight into the dirt, only for the ball to fly up high for Scott Griffin to nod into the net from close range. It was a good poachers goal, and coming against the club he left so recently it was one Griff clearly enjoyed.

With Ciren reeling and clearly in complete disarray in defence you had the impression another was coming, and it soon did. Scott Griffin had wriggled clear down th left wing, and with centre-back Lee Molyneux already pulled wide out of position once he was beaten he flet he had little choice but to bring him down. It was a cynical trip and deserving of the yellow card which duly came, but the quality of Syko's free kick delivery ensured full retribution was exacted. The ball flew at pace onto the penalty spot where it was met by a thumping header down into the net by the towering leap of Tom Hamblin, the big defender delighted to open his City account before the season closed.

Ciren were clearly pumped up after half-time, but any hopes they had of pulling the game back round were punctured almost immediately. Their extra zest just left even larger gaps at the back and City were soon three ahead, but could have scored a hatful. First Cox cut past the trailing Ollie Holder and smacked his shot against the base of the near post, and when the ball came back to him he had the presence of mind to cross low to Marc Richards who saw his shot blokced on the line. The danger wasn't gone and Cox had another go but fired over the bar. Soon though he was back on the ball and again Jimmy Cox simply tricked Holder off balance and then tore past him, motoring into wide open space before wellying the ball with some glee past Sawyer and into the net. It was the least he deserved for his displays in the last two games.

Ciren's manager doesn't seem to really know how to handle players, and the poor defeated and humiliated Ollie Holder must have been delighted aat seeing his embarassment complete with an immediate substitution, just to make sure the hard of understanding understood it was all his fault. The player trudged straight into the dressing room, doubtless to start looking for something better to do with his Saturday afternoons next year.



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T-Ender Match Snaps
Mustoe at Ciren Hamblin hits the bar
Mustoe brings the ball forward as Ciren cower for cover. Hamblin smacks the ball against the Ciren bar.
City v Ciren
Ciren's Sawyer misses out
It all gets a bit busy as Richards mixes it with his former colleagues. Sawyer loses his bearings as Welsh reaches a second half corner.

Team Selection:


TBBM Said:

Ciren keeper Kevin Sawyer questioned on why he returned to the club from last season's champions Salisbury: "I really don't know".

Tactics Board:
Anorak Corner:

Only one stat matters today: City are safe from relegation with the total of 52 points now mathematically securing safety with four games remaining. Safety last season was also finally secured on Easter Monday, against Halesowen at Meadow Park, but that was with just two games remaining and saw us reaching a lower ally of 49 points.

T-Ender Verdict


Highlights Elsewhere:


Other Match Reports:

Gloucester Citizen match report
Cirencester Town website match report

Further Reading:

BGB Southern League Premier Results & Website
BGB Southern League Table

Referee: C.Williams (Ch#!tenham, Glos) City League Pos: 12th (=) City Form: WWDDLW

Ref Watch:

7 - By our standards pretty good, tried to play advantage and listened to his assistants.

Attendance: 356    
Conditions: dry, bright and clouding over
Lorry Score:
Match Report:
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