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Cirencester Town (A) Saturday 20th September 3.00pm

The Corinium Stadium, Cirencester

Cirencester Town
 2
Att 100
Chesham United
 2
 Man of the Match:
 Ryan Blake
 Glyn Garner 1 Shane Gore With two minutes to go it was looking like this was not going to be Chesham’s day. They trailed by two goals, one of which was a mysterious penalty decision, and had not been able to make the most of the man advantage following the senseless sending-off of Nat Jarvis.  However Chesham fought back to grab a point with two late goals.

With Alex Brown not fit enough to start and Darren Purse still ruled out, Andy Ballard filled in as emergency central defender and Liam Malone came straight into the starting line-up after signing for the club the day before.  However Chesham were boosted by the return after injury of Ryan Blake alongside Inih Effiong on the bench.  The opening stages were fairly even, although Chesham had the first chance when Simon Thomas flicked the ball on with the outside of his foot to send David Pearce clear, but his shot was saved by advancing keeper Glyn Garner.  After twenty minutes Pearce controlled a Thomas flick and shot goalwards but Garner tipped over.  However two minutes later the ball was crossed into the Chesham area, and the linesman awarded a penalty which nobody appealed for and which seemed to have everyone in the ground mystified.  Nat Jarvis took full advantage of the gift to give the home team the lead.  Shortly afterwards another Simon Thomas lay-off set up David Pearce but Garner produced another smart save.  However Cirencester moved two goals ahead on 29 minutes, when Ben Prictor crossed from the by-line for Aiden Bennett to head in.  In the next minute Garner tipped a 30-yard drive from Mark Bell round the post although the referee gave a goal kick.  However the home team still looked dangerous, Matt Liddiard mishitting wide from a good position and Aiden Bennett’s shot forcing Shane Gore to dive to tip the ball away.  On 42 minutes Chesham had a real let-off when the ball went through a crowd of players to Jarvis, who had only Shane Gore to beat from twelve yards but fired wide.

Ryan Blake came on as a half-time substitute after three matches out, and within 20 seconds had made an impact with a shot that beat Garner but came back off the post.   Two minutes later Blake crossed low from the left to Toby Little whose shot was saved by Garner’s outstretched leg.  Shortly before the hour mark Nat Jarvis, who had been booked in the first half, blasted the ball across goal after being flagged offside and earned a final warning from the referee.  Three minutes later Jarvis was again offside and volleyed the ball out of the ground, leaving the referee with no alternative but to show a second yellow card.  With Chesham bringing on Inih Effiong and Connor Wood to bolster the attack, Cirencester nearly took advantage but Ed Williams wasted a shooting chance from the edge of the area by firing straight at Shane Gore, then Mark Pritchett headed over from a Williams corner.  Chesham mounted a last assault with Connor Wood crossing to Ryan Blake whose header was tipped over by Garner.  In the 89th minute Ashley Smith’s ball down the right was seized on by Ryan Blake, who shot across Garner into the far corner of the net to halve the deficit.  Two minutes later a superb low left-wing cross from Connor Wood was swept in at the near post by Toby Little for the equaliser.  Chesham might even have stolen all three points in stoppage time but the ball was just cleared away from Ryan Blake.

 Gethin Jones 2 Ashley Smith
Ben Prictor  3 Daniel Brathwaite
 Mark Pritchett 4 Tommy Fletcher
 Matt Liddiard Andy Ballard
 Leigh Henry 6 Liam Malone
 Jamie Reid 7 Ryan Towner
 James Mortiner-Jones 8 Toby Little
 Nat Jarvis 9 David Pearce
Aiden Bennett  10 Simon Thomas
Ed Williams  11 Mark Bell
Substitutes
 Ben Wells 12 Inih Effiong
 Brad Hooper 14 Alex Brown
 Jamie Edge 15 Josh Cooper
 Ryan Elliott 16 Connor Wood
 - 17  Ryan Blake
Goals
Jarvis (Pen) 23    Blake 89 
Bennett 29    Little 90+1 
Used Substitutes
 Edge for Mortimer-Jones 81  Blake for Bell 45
 Wells for Reid 88  Effiong for Thomas 67
   Wood for Braithwaite 71
Bookings
 Jarvis 35    Ballard 85
Sent Off
 Jarvis 62    None