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FA CUP: Collier backs Cirencester for replay success
SAM Collier is confident that Cirencester can overturn Slough in the FA Cup tonight and set up a first qualifying round tie with Banbury.
The striker scored the second-half goal in Sunday’s preliminary round clash that gained the Centurions a 1-1 draw at Holloways Park.
That goal earned Cirencester a replay at the Corinium this evening and Collier feels his side stand a good chance of victory over the Southern League Division One Central outfit.
“I think it will be a completely different game to what it was on Sunday, but hopefully we can get the result,” he said.
“The key on Sunday was not to lose and get them back to our place and now we can have a right old go at them. They won’t want to travel to Cirencester on a Tuesday as I imagine a lot of their players are based in or near London.
“It certainly won’t be easy as they have got some decent players, but there’s no reason why we can’t go into the next round.
“It’s a cup we all want to be in - not only does it bring in money but it’s also nice to be a part of the competition.”
Collier was pleased to register his first goal of the season in the weekend clash against the Berkshire side and said Ciren were close to stealing victory on the day.
“It was nice to get off the mark. I’ve had a slow start as I’ve been on the bench for the first couple of games,” he said.
“But it was good to get the goal and especially as it turned out to be an important one.
“We started quite slowly and then got into it, but neither team wanted to lose in the first half.
“We conceded a sloppy goal in the second half but after we equalised I thought we could even have nicked it.”
Cirencester and Chippenham are the only local sides still standing in the FA Cup following the eliminations of Swindon Supermarine and our Hellenic League teams, with Chippenham yet to play a game in the competition.
- ADIE Harris has made a shock departure from Chippenham Town due to personal reasons, the club have announced.
The midfielder, who featured in the Bluebirds’ 2-1 home defeat to Totton in the Southern Premier on Saturday, joined the Hardenhuish Park club last season.
But a Chippenham statement released on Sunday said: “For personal reasons, Adie Harris has requested that he be released from his contract with immediate effect.
“The board and caretaker manager Steve Winter have reluctantly accepted Adie’s request.
“The club would like to take this opportunity to thank Adie for all his hard work and effort at the club; he is a real character who will be missed by us all.”
Bluebirds chairman Neil Blackmore added: “This decision has no connection with yesterday’s result and both the board and manager would rather Adie stayed.
“However, knowing the facts surrounding Adie’s decision, we both respect and accept the decision he has made.
“Adie has told me that he has enjoyed his time at the club and will return to support the team as soon as circumstances allow.”
Chippenham make the trip to Stourbridge in the Southern Premier tonight as they aim to bounce back from the Totton defeat.
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