Ex-Arsenal starlet set for Cirencester spell
Cirencester Town 7 Didcot Town 1
CIRENCESTER Town boss Brian Hughes has offered former Arsenal youngster Jamie Edge a chance to start enjoying his football again.
The 20-year-old recently left Gloucester City, and he was in the crowd for Cirencester's 7-1 FA Trophy preliminary round replay win over Didcot Town on Tuesday night.
Hughes and his assistant Kevin Willetts had a chat with Edge after the game and the ex-Cheltenham Town youth team player is set to link up with Cirencester on a short-term arrangement.
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"Kevin knows Jamie really well and has taken to him like a father figure really," Hughes said.
"We are trying to advise him because he's a bit low and we have offered him the chance to come here and smile again for a while.
"We have opened the door and invited him to training because he has fallen out of love with football.
"It won't be a long-term thing because his CV shows he shouldn't be at a club like ours, but he does need to play some football."
Cirencester brushed Didcot aside to extend their unbeaten run to 10 games and warm up for Saturday's FA Cup third qualifying round tie against Weymouth in the best possible style.
A brace from defender Chris Holland along with goals from Steve Davies, James Mortimer-Jones, Lee Smith, Sam Collier and Sean Wood secured a comfortable preliminary round replay victory at the Corinium Stadium.
Hughes' side now face Egham Town at home in the first qualifying round on Saturday, October 19.
They seized control from kick-off, enjoying plenty of possession in the Didcot half, but they did not test goalkeeper Kieran Beesley seriously until the 20th minute.
A Didcot free-kick was cleared and after a swift counter-attack, Davies forced Beesley into a smart block with his legs
Less than a minute later Beesley made an even better save, turning Wood's well-struck effort over the bar with his fingertips.
Didcot's cause was not helped by injuries to two players in the opening half and Cirencester took a deserved lead five minutes before half-time when Wood's cross was nodded in by central defender Holland.
Cirencester pulled further clear three minutes into first-half stoppage time when left-back Ben Prictor burst into the box and fed Davies, whose shot nestled in the bottom right corner.
Didcot restored hope four minutes into the second half when Matt Blenford skipped away from two half-hearted challenges and beat Glyn Garner with a clinical finish inside the far post.
But it took Cirencester only five minutes to restore their two-goal margin, with Mortimer-Jones heading in Smith's cross from the left.
Garner had to stretch to touch Taylor Janes' free-kick over the bar, but Holland smashed in his second after an initial attempt was charged down.
Mortimer-Jones set up Smith for the fifth in the 78th minute, the winger applying a confident finish inside the bottom right corner, and Collier crashed a header against the bar almost immediately, with Cirencester in total control.
Collier struck in the 82nd minute after Smith saw a shot saved and Wood completed the rout in the 93rd minute.
Cirencester Town: G Garner; S Anson, C Holland, L Henry (J Beedon76), B Prictor; S Davies (A Bennett 67), S Wood, J Mortimer-Jones, B Hooper (E Dunton 67), L Smith; S Collier. Subs not used: J Bevan, D Bromley.
Didcot Town: K Beesley; S Elkins (J Longford 24), S Parish, L Carnell, T Janes; N Thorne (M McKirnan 46), L Williams, A Morris, J Ferierra ( J Mills 73); L Joyce, M Blenford. Subs not used: J Parish.
Referee: J Whittington.
Star man: Lee Smith.