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Sam sends Sholing Packing with a late winner for Cirencester

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: November 19, 2012

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SAM Packer bagged a late winner as Cirencester Town edged a thrilling game in Hampshire.

Super sub Packer took advantage when put through on the right after 88 tense minutes in Southampton, driving into the box before firing home to seal the points.

Cirencester started the game in superb style, racing in to an early two-goal lead.

Jamie Reid gave his side the lead after just three minutes, rising to head home a Ben Wells free-kick.

Scott Griffin doubled the advantage shortly afterwards, with his second stunning strike in as many games.

The veteran striker picked the ball up 30-yards from goal and rifled a dipping shot into the top left corner of the net.

The hosts cut the arrears on 19 minutes, as a foul by Reid in the penalty area allowed Barry Mason to plant his spot kick past Lee Clatworthy.

Clatworthy was called into action to halt the hosts on a number of occasions, before the keeper's mistake allowed Marvin McLean to level the scores.

But the introduction of Packer and Joe Sheppard sparked the Centurions into life and the former was on hand to settle the tie with time running out.

■ Bishop's Cleeve's game against Abingdon United was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Kayte Lane.

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