MATCH REPORT: Cirencester 3-2 Bristol Manor Farm FC

Cirencester prevailed in a hotly-contested season opener at the Corinium Stadium, coming from behind to score three times in twelve second-half minutes and consign their visitors to an unlucky defeat.

After a goalless first half high in energy but low on quality the game erupted into life in the 52nd minute when Mike Bryant’s shot was parried by home keeper Alexander Harris and Owen Howe was on hand to smash the ball home to give the visitors the lead.

Ben Bament then had a glorious chance to double Farm’s lead after sneaking in to lob the ball past Harris but his effort came back off the angle of post and bar.

Cirencester equalised in the 68th minute when the influential Joshua Grace-Parsons fed Thomas Anderson on the right whose cross was turned in at close range by substitute Ross Gabriel. Five minutes later Grace-Parsons scored with a sublime curling effort that gave Harry Thomas-Barker in goal no chance.

The Centurions scored their third in the 80thminute when Aidan Bennett sneaked through to lob over the advancing Thomas-Barker.

Manor farm showed great spirit to peg the score back to 3-2 a minute later when Howe bagged a second from close range and substitute Jamie Bird came close to snatching an equaliser with five minutes left but his superb left-foot effort from 25 yards out crashed back off the crossbar with Harris well beaten.

(STAR MAN Harry Thomas-Barker, Bristol Manor Farm)