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Under 18s - Match centre

Cirencester Town
Under 18s
Full time
A Mansfield (26'), T Davis (54')
Thu 14 Sep 19:30 - Cup

No luck in return trip to the Cotswolds

Under 18s give Cirencester a run for their money in the replay but ultimately come up short

Eight days on from the floodlight failure leading to the abandonment of the original tie, the Under 18s found themselves back at The Corinium Stadium for a second bite at reaching the First Qualifying round and a potential home tie with Chippenham Town.

The early nerves from last week were a distant memory as injury and availability issues gave starts to Louis Howard and Josh Abrahams in place of Thamani Bechlemba and Kyrus Ward and a change in formation to the preferred 3-5-2 from last week's 4-1-4-1. However, eight minutes in Cirencester took the lead and doubled their advantage just after the quarter-hour mark.

Despite the setbacks, the team continued to play the ball confidently out from the back, and were rewarded on 26 minutes when a deep cross from Tommy Davis evaded everyone in the area to find Aaron Mansfield stealing in at the back post to head past the Cirencester keeper and reduce the deficit to 2-1. The remainder of the half saw the teams evenly matched and no further score.

A slow start to the second half by the visitors saw the hosts restore their two goal advantage after only a couple of minutes. The O's continued to battle and pulled a second goal back after 54 minutes when Tommy Davis rose highest to head a free kick home. Further chances for Oldland could have seen them draw level as first a Bradley Lewis effort went just over the bar and then Maison Wilson's headed effort was ruled out for another Oldland player interfering with play from an offside position.

Cirencester scored a fourth when Bradley Lewis was adjudged to have fouled the opposition's forward in the area, leading the bench to introduce first Luke Woodley-Marshall for Louis Howard followed by a double substitution with Mitchell Jones and keeper Liam Davis replacing an injured Bradley Lewis and Luke Wilson.

With legs getting heavy and a tiring team, Cirencester made sure of their progression into the next round with a fifth goal before having a sixth ruled out for offside.

Overall, a mightily encouraging performance from the players which showed they had learned a number of lessons from the previous week's match. Next week sees them start their League campaign at home to Ashton & Backwell at Castle Road on Wednesday (7.30pm).

Key moments

26:00
Goal Aaron Mansfield scores for Under 18s
54:00
Goal Tommy Davis scores for Under 18s

Highlights

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75:00 Sub Off
Bradley Lewis is substituted off for Under 18s
75:00 Sub Off
Luke Wilson is substituted off for Under 18s
75:00 Sub On
Mitchell Jones is substituted on for Under 18s
75:00 Sub On
Liam Davis is substituted on for Under 18s
69:00 Sub Off
Louis Howard is substituted off for Under 18s
69:00 Sub On
Luke Woodley-Marshall is substituted on for Under 18s
69:00 Sub On
Luke Woodley-Marshall is substituted on for Under 18s
67:00 Yellow Card
Ben Emmett is yellow carded for Under 18s
54:00 Goal 0 - 2
Tommy Davis scores for Under 18s
End of period 1
26:00 Goal 0 - 1
Aaron Mansfield scores for Under 18s
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Cirencester Town
  • Under 18s
  • 0
  • Aaron Mansfield Goal 26:00'
  • Tommy Davis Goal 54:00'
  • Ben Emmett Yellow Card 67:00'
  • Louis Howard Sub Off 69:00'
  • Luke Woodley-Marshall Sub On 69:00'
  • Luke Woodley-Marshall Sub On 69:00'
  • Bradley Lewis Sub Off 75:00'
  • Luke Wilson Sub Off 75:00'
  • Mitchell Jones Sub On 75:00'
  • Liam Davis Sub On 75:00'

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