11 players made the trip and despite a minor shin guard mishap rectified courtesy of one of the Ross Umpires, and a green card to one of the senior players, we competed well in this close encounter.
A number of changes in the lineup again, Cirencester decided on a cautious approach working to a loose half court tactic. This worked well with Ross dominating the early possession in their own half, with a few forays into the Ciren half fizzling out without creating any clear cut chances. As the half progressed, with Ciren confidence growing, they created a few half chances of their own.
Half time, 0-0, and the talk was a great effort so far, but the need to remain cautious and continue to look for opportunities. Some great examples of the full court press ensued (thanks Jacob), and some penalty corners awarded to Ciren. The second of which resulted in a goal. Paul Dillon slipping the ball left to Gray, who chose?? to slot the ball through the massive 6 inch gap between the keepers legs. 1-0 up, but with tiring legs, the green card and a couple of penalty corners later, Ross ended up winning 2 goals to 1.
A really close game that was well competed by both teams, Will Hulme awarded man of the match for his commanding role in midfield.
Next week we play South Glos at Deer Park School at 1pm, please make sure your availability is up to date