Cinderford Town narrowly beaten by Swindon Supermarine
Cinderford Town 0
Swindon Supermarine 1
Cinderford Town went down to a narrow defeat against a well-drilled and skilful Swindon Supermarine side, writes Paul Webb.
On-loan winger Kristian Fielden missed the game's first chance following a neat Cinderford move and the visitors quickly took advantage.
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From a Chris Taylor free-kick the home defence failed to deal with a bouncing ball and Jamie Prictor reacted quickly to beat Alex Harris with a smart finish.
Fielden retaliated with a fine centre met firmly by Lewis Sommers, but Kent Kauppinen made a superb point-blank stop.
The Finnish keeper again foiled Sommers with a good save as the giant striker rose to meet Dave Bird's centre
Cinderford lost centre-back Andy Lewis early in the second half with a hamstring injury, Ashley Malcolm coming on in his place.
Josh Parsons wasted the chance to extend the visitors' lead when having charged down Harris's clearance he screwed his shot wide.
Harris then dived bravely at the feet of Ashley Edenborough to deny the in-form striker as Swindon pressed.
Back came Cinderford and Sommers skilfully created space for himself but the big man shot straight at Kauppinen.
Dale Evans was unlucky to see his drive hit the woodwork but Cinderford couldn't force an equaliser.
Near the end Greg Lewis bravely blocked a well-struck Prictor effort and a combination of Harris and Warren Archer managed to keep out Edenborough as he sought a second Swindon goal.
Cinderford Town: A Harris, W Archer, M Smith, G Lewis, A Lewis (A Malcolm 48), J Emery, L Smith (S O'Sullivan 68), D Bird, L Sommers, D Evans, K Fielden (J Camm 33) Unused sub: D Haines.
Swindon Supermarine: K Kauppinen, K Lapham, D Allen, C Curtis, D Bampton capt, R Dean, S Morris, C Taylor, A Edenborough, J Parsons (J Roberts 82), S Prictor (B Whitehead 82). Unused subs: J Steedman, D Hilder, H Etheridge.
Referee: S Postin
Star man: Matt Smith