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Town Youth survive late scare to go joint top of the SW Counties League
Andover Town U18 3 Cirencester Academy 2.
Town’s youngsters stay joint top of the SW Counties Youth League after their third straight victory, over Cirencester Academy at Sparsholt College on Saturday morning.
In what was a fractious game which degenerated as it went on, Town came from a goal down to win despite a late rally from Ciren which made for a very tense last 20 minutes.
Having beaten Bath City and Bristol Academy in the previous two games, scoring ten in the process, Town were looking to keep that record going but Ciren stunned them in 15 minutes when Gerald James brought a fabulous save out of Mark Childs only for Adam Whitby to be presented with a simple tap in from the resultant corner.
Oli Bailey nodded over for Town but in their next attack Michael Donovan was left alone near the penalty spot and he levelled on 20 minutes.
Childs was brave at the feet of early substitute Harry Owen on the half hour then on 35 minutes Donovan found Bailey who beat the offside trap and finished with a simple lob.
The game was end to end and Ngadurwa brought a save out of Josh Langley while Tom Mazur found the side netting for Ciren just before the break.
Ciren began well again and Childs was again brave at the feet of Owen then Donovan’s 25 yard volley was inches over but ten minutes in Town looked to have sealed it when Scott Munro found Bailey free and his pace and finish were too good for the defence.
Cirencester were not finished and Owen took advantage of some slack defending to make it 3-2 as they enjoyed a good spell.
By that time the game had begun to fall apart as niggles and shouting matches ensued and Ciren’s Alex Bateman finally got himself booked for dissent.
Ndagurwa and Callum Cunniffe-Pilley had late efforts go wide but they were indebted to Childs for a point blank save to deny Bateman which secured the points and the joint top position.
Tomorrow the side are again at Sparsholt where they welcome Dorchester Town who visit on the back of a 7-0 drubbing at home to Poole Town on Saturday.