SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Ciren beat weather but can't defeat Evesham

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JUST two non-league games took place locally at the weekend with the much of the Southern and Hellenic League programmes suffering due to the poor conditions.

Supermarine’s Division One South & West fixture at North Leigh fell victim to the weather but Cirencester managed to play at Evesham, although the match hardly inspired excitement, ending 0-0.

The Centurions shaded the first half with Ben Wells and Ellis Dunton directed a header against the crossbar.

After the break there was little goalmouth action to speak of, but Evesham stopper Tom Cross had to be at his best to keep out an effort from Aiden Bennett.

The home side’s best opportunities fell to Marcus Palmer and Carl Brown, only for both to spurn the respective opportunities.

In the Southern Premier, Chippenham’s winless run extended to seven games as they were sunk 2-0 at home by Banbury.

The Puritans took the lead against the run of play on the half-hour mark, Joseph N’Guessan finding space with a neat piece of skill before firing past Bluebirds stopper Ben John.

Banbury dealt Nathan Rudge’s men a huge body blow seconds before half-time, and the Hardenhuish Park boss would hardly have been pleased with the manner in which the goal was conceded.

John and Chippenham skipper Steve Casey both waited for each other to clear a loose ball and Kynan Isaac nipped between them and slotted into the net.

Rudge’s triple substitution at the break backfired when Alex Kite limped off with 15 minutes left, forcing the hosts to complete proceedings with 10 men.

Almost the entire Hellenic League programme was wiped out due to the weather, with none of our local teams getting game time on Saturday.

In the Hellenic Premier, Highworth’s players had a free afternoon after their clash with Binfield was postponed, while Shrivenham trained instead of travelling to Highmoor Ibis.

Dave Turner’s hopes that Wootton Bassett might get their Division One West game on at Lambourn ultimately proved optimistic, while the fixture between local rivals Cricklade and Malmesbury Vics was also postponed.

New College temporarily avoided a meeting with league leaders Brimscombe and Purton will have to wait to play Carterton.

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