CIRENCESTER TOWN 1 CHESHAM UNITED 1
WHEN things are not going your way, sometimes it can take a moment of inspiration to turn the tide and Matt Lock may have provided it for Cirencester Town.
Reeling from Saturday's 6-2 defeat at Hitchin and playing against a strong wind in the first half, Cirencester found themselves behind after only four minutes.
Centurions boss Brian Hughes played with three central defenders in a bid to shore up his side's leaky defence that had let in 17 goals in their opening five matches of the season.
But the backline conceded again when Chesham's right-back John Kyriacou beat Richard Mansell and crossed for Simon Thomas to head in at the far post.
But the response was almost immediate as loan midfielder from Gloucester City, Lock, crashed an strike into the top left corner from 25 yards two minutes later.
The shot rebounded straight back out off the stanchion and there appeared to be some confusion about whether it had crossed the line, but Lock knew it was a beauty and he held his arms aloft.
Cirencester celebrated and they defended far more solidly from then until half-time, dealing with Thomas' physical threat and the high balls pumped into the box.
Another cross from Kyriacou was once again met by target man Thomas in the 19th minute, but Zak Westlake did well to clear off the line.
Goalkeeper Mike Green replaced Danny Greaves and demonstrated a safe pair of hands in difficult conditions.
The closest Cirencester went to taking the lead was a drive from James Mortimer-Jones which clipped the top of the bar on its was over as the first half finished all-square.
There was a worrying sight two minutes into the second half when Jody Bevan went down clutching his right knee, but the front man was able to continue temporarily after treatment.
Green made a brave block to deny Steve Wales, who was through one-on-one and Chesham were appealing for a penalty during the scramble that followed, but nothing was given.
Bevan tried to battle on, but he was withdrawn in the 52nd minute and replaced by David Stone.
There was a lengthy stoppage when Jamie Reid and Robert Bartley collided in midair and crashed to the ground. Both players were dazed, but Chesham centre-half Bartley came off worse and had to be substituted immediately, while Reid lasted six more minutes before he also departed.
Matt Sysum headed a Tom Etheridge long throw wide in the 71st minute, but no goals followed in what was a scrappy second period and honours finished even, leaving Hughes far happier after a much more solid display.
CIRENCESTER TOWN: M Green; N Arndale, Z Westlake, M Sysum, A Gunn, R Mansell; J Reid (E Dunton 70), M Lock, J Mortimer-Jones; T Etheridge (M Tambling 90), J Bevan (D Stone 52). Subs not used: A Mayo.
CHESHAM UNITED: S Gore; J Kyriacou, M Lambert, R Bartley (D Gudgeon 64), C Watters; J Potton, D Talbot, S Wales, B Wilson (D Fotheringham 80); S Thomas, B Wadkins (L Archer 65). Subs not used: A Watson, S Thomas.
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