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FA CUP: Wonderstrike sends Cirencester crashing out
A WONDERSTRIKE from Weymouth forward Stewart Yetton ended Cirencester’’s involvement in the FA Cup at the third qualifying round stage.
Southern Premier Weymouth dominated a subdued Ciren in the first half, and were worthy of their 1-0 lead at the break thanks to Yetton’s first goal in the 21st minute.
But the rejuvenated hosts immediately put the Terras on the back foot with a 49th-minute leveller from centre back Chris Holland.
However, despite the Centurions’ resurgence, Yetton struck brilliantly on the hour mark, taking a swirling ball over the head of Holland on his chest before volleying ferociously past keeper Glyn Garner from 20 yards.
Ciren never fully regained the momentum of their first 15 minutes in the second period, but still did most of the pressing and on balance deserved a replay.
However, it was Weymouth that secured their place in the hat for the next round when the Conference Premier sides are introduced.
With Sean Wood cup-tied, home boss Brian Hughes opted to experiment with defender Ellis Dunton in midfield, keeping the rest of his side the same.
Weymouth were much quicker to the ball in the first half and it was just reward for their dominance when Yetton skilfully converted a Burbidge cross from the edge of the box.
With Steve Davies starved of any service and a frustrated Lee Smith not seeing much quality ball either, Ciren offered little threat.
Their only strike on target in the half came in the 27th minute when Smith fluffed his shot under pressure and the ball broke to Shayne Anson, but the skipper could only drill straight at Jason Matthews.
After the restart, Ciren suddenly looked like a team that had only lost one of their last 11 games.
Dunton fired a spectacular volley just wide, before Smith’s corner found the head of Holland and the centre-half powered home from 10 yards.
Sam Collier saw a piledriver palmed away by Matthews and the striker could not keep his header down when the ball came back across the box.
Davies jinked to the by-line but his inviting cross across the six-yard box did not find the boot of a Ciren player.
Then in the 60th minute, Yetton’s stunner proved the winner in a tie worth £7,500 in prizemoney.
The home side fought back gamely and two fine Matthews saves kept them out, first from a back post Smith header and from a Leigh Henry header at a corner.
At the other end, Ben Joyce whistled over the bar and Dave Allen dinked just over with four minutes left when challenged by Anson and Garner.
Though Ciren continued to press for the equaliser, it was not to be.
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