Cirencester took all 3 points as a clinical second half resulted in a 2-0 win against a below par home side in a low quality opener at The Creek. Bristol Manor Farm started on the front foot and Tyler Ashmead had the games first chance, weaving inside before seeing his poked effort land just wide. At the other end two vital headers from Jamie Turner denied Cirencester chances from back to back set pieces. The visitors settled down after the half hour and had a few chances, first Grace-Parsons headed wide under pressure from Jamie Turner and then the forward was played through but was denied by a fine save by Ben John.
Cirencester came out in a much more clinical mood and half time sub Roger James scored with his touch within minutes of the restart, ghosting in completely unmarked to poke home a cross. The sub wasn’t done there, his next two touches were a control and drilled finish just a few minutes later to double the Cirencester lead. The visitors were then perhaps lucky to retain all ten men as captain Shayne Anson angrily flew into a tackle on Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist, after feeling his team were denied a penalty moments before. Farm survived a few more scares of a third before missing a golden chance to get back in on the hour, Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist had his penalty saved well by keeper Dan Lawrence after Mike Bryant was held down from a wide free kick. Farm would lose keeper Ben John to a red card as the game entered the final quarter, as he collided with visiting forward Grace-Parsons. Cirencester didn’t have too many chances to test stand in keeper Kingdon but he did punch away two long-range efforts and he preserved his own personal clean sheet. Farm themselves couldn’t really fashion many chances, Ashmead’s trademark whipped cross was missed by everybody before the referee brought proceedings to an end.
Star man – Jamie Turner