Shrivenham see off Ciren to maintain fine start

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Shrivenham continued their fine start to their league campaign with a 4-2 home victory over Cirencester Town Development in the Hellenic League Division One West, writes Josh Bird.

Goals from Matthew Pedder, Chris Collins, Levi Cox and Lance Lewis secured all three points for the hosts at Barrington Park but boss Michael McNally wasn’t completely satisfied with what he saw from his team.

“The performance wasn’t great, it was a little bit under par,” McNally said.

“We did have seven players missing due to injury and a couple away but they’ll be back midweek in the cup game, but it was just a little lack of urgency but hopefully that will come in due course.

“But we were the better side and we won 4-2 so overall I’m pretty happy, we just need to keep putting three points on the board really.”

And McNally is pleased with the start to the season which has seen them win four of their five league matches.

“If someone would have said at the start of the season that ‘from the first five games you’d have four wins’ I think every manager and every level would snap their hands off,” McNally said.

“I’m happy and hopefully we can continue and take that into the cup game on Tuesday.”

Going forward, McNally is hopeful that Shrivenham can continue the fine league form that sees them sit third in the early stages of the campaign.

“We had a three-year plan when I took over last year to get back in the Hellenic Premier Division,” McNally said.

“But you never know, if the boys click, we might get promotion this year but it’s a long way off and after 15 games the league sorts itself out and you can see who the top four or five teams are going to be.”

Shrivenham made a fast start to the match on Saturday, and were ahead inside 10 minutes as Matthew Pedder capitalised on a defensive mix up to put the hosts in the ascendancy.

The lead was doubled just 10 minutes later with Chris Collins getting on the scoresheet. But the lead was soon halved by a battling Cirencester side, and Sam Walsh headed in from a corner to half the deficit.

Shortly after the hour mark Shrivenham regained their two-goal cushion. A deflected effort from Levi Cox was enough to deceive Adam Clatworthy in the Cirencester goal.

But once again, Cirencester fought back and Danny Gudger was on hand to poke home from close range. Shrivenham finally put the game out of reach for their spirited visitors, with Lance Lewis rounding off the scoring five minutes from time.

Elsewhere, there were mixed fortunes for New College and Purton in the first round of the Bluefin Sport Hellenic Challenge Cup.

New College Swindon made the trip to Clanfield 85 for their first round tie and emerged narrow 3-2 winners at Radcot Road.

It wasn’t such good news for Purton as they were beaten by Premier Division side Oxford City Nomads. They trailed narrowly at the break courtesy of a Tyriq Hunte goal and were unable to find a route back into the game in the second half as Joey Roslan came off the bench to put the game out of reach at the Oxford City Stadium.