Moneyfields boss Carter rues not making half-time changes following Southern League loss at Cirencester

A disastrous second half display condemned lowly Moneyfields to a 4-1 defeat at Cirencester Town in the Southern League Division One South.

Sunday, 9th February 2020, 2:33 pm
Updated Sunday, 9th February 2020, 5:12 pm
Steve Hutchings put Moneyfields ahead at Cirencester. Picture: Duncan Shepherd

The visitors led 1-0 at the break courtesy of a Steve Hutchings goal.

Three goals in the opening ten minutes of the second period, however, put the home side in charge on their 3G pitch as Moneys eventually conceded four or more goals for the fifth time in 12 away league games this term.

Boss Dave Carter felt his side didn't handle the conditions or the pitch well.

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'Even though we didn't play well in the first half, we managed to get ourselves into the lead before the break,' he said.

'I should have changed things then but being in front made the mistake of not doing so.

'Cirencester had the wind in the second period and pinned us back.

'Their three goals at the start of the second half killed us.

'They all came from set-pieces where we got a few things wrong.

'Not clearing our lines well enough didn't help and the ball kept coming back at us.

In a stop-start affair, Moneyfields had two players booked in the opening two minutes - Hutchings and Connor Hoare.

On 20 minutes Hutchings had a good chance when he raced clear onto a through ball.

On the 3G surface, however, the ball got caught under his feet and he failed to get a shot off.

Hutchings did put the visitors ahead on the stroke of half-time.

Sam Pearce started the move, releasing Joe Briggs wide out, and the latter delivered a great cross which Hutchings headed home.

Carter was disappointed with all the goals his side conceded.

'The first came from a corner when we failed to pick up their runner and the second from a wind assisted free-kick at the near post.

'Their third came when we could only clear a corner to the edge of our area.

'We should have done better with all three.

'Though we had good possession in the second half, we couldn't make it count.'

At 3-1 down Moneys’ debut-making forward Ilyas Warshow, signed from two divisions lower Andover New Street, was bundled over in the area but penalty appeals were ignored.

Warshow has been signed after recently scoring against Moneys in a Hampshire Senior Cup tie.

Carter's side remain third bottom, six points ahead of bottom club Barnstaple Town and with four games in hand.

Depending on the after-effects of Storm Ciara, Moneyfields are back in league action on Tuesday against Mangotsfield United at Dover Road (7.45pm).

The Bristolians were beaten 2-1 by second-bottom Basingstoke Town at the weekend - moving the latter to within three points of Moneyfields but having played a game more.