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We're making lots of progress – boss Hughes

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 22, 2013

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A BATTLING victory and a decent workout for the club's promising Academy players have made for a good week's work for Cirencester Town.

Brian Hughes' Centurions claimed a 3-2 victory against Sholing last weekend, hitting back from going a goal down within five minutes to claim all three points.

That result was followed by an encouraging performances by a number of Academy young guns in a County Cup clash with a youthful Cheltenham Town on Tuesday night, a game eventually won by the Robins on penalties.

Cirencester travel to Devon to face Tiverton Town (3pm) tomorrow knowing that a win would help their outside chances of earning a Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South and West play-off place.

But rather than get carried away with the hunt for the top five, boss Hughes prefers to dwell on the progress his side have made over the course of the season and showed in the past seven days.

"It was a pleasing win against Sholing because we had to battle a bit to get the three points," Hughes said.

"At the start of the year we probably wouldn't have won a game like that, but to hit back from going a goal down was pleasing.

"We also had the disappointment of losing the lead after we had gone 2-1 up but still won it so that shows we are making a lot of progress."

The decision to field a number of Academy players in Tuesday night's 1-1 draw with the Robins came after Hughes saw Cheltenham's plans for the evening.

Not wanting to risk a number of senior players ahead of a potentially crucial league game, Hughes felt that there were benefits to seeing how a number of the club's promising youngsters performed on the first-team stage.

"Having seen what Cheltenham's plans were it made sense for us to have a look at some of our younger lads too," Hughes said.

"I am sure Russ Milton at Cheltenham got a lot out of the evening and we certainly did as I don't get to see our younger lads in action and I had heard some really good reports on them.

"It also meant that we didn't have to risk a number of our senior players, or those that might be struggling a bit with knocks."

Leigh Henry was one of those players not risked, with Hughes hoping that the on-loan Maidenhead United defender will be fit for what he knows will be a tricky trip to Tiverton.

"It's never an easy place to go Tiverton and they, like us, are looking to see if they can keep winning to get into that play-off picture," he said.

"We're not going to put any pressure on ourselves to keep winning or looking too much at the play-off picture.

"We just want to keep on progressing as a club, like we have been doing so far this season."

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