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FOOTBALL: Vics' boss counts cost of slow start
12:00pm Monday 9th September 2013 in Sport
MALMESBURY boss Gareth Davies praised his side for their second-half performance but admitted the damage had already been done as Shrivenham claimed victory in their FA Vase first qualifying round derby 4-2.
The higher-division side, bossed by former Wootton Bassett Town chief Dave Turner, survived a second-period fightback from Vics before Dane Moulden’s late free kick ensured victory.
“The first half we weren’t good enough. I thought we did OK until they scored and the two quick goals they scored next cost us,” said Davies.
“We had a quiet word at half-time and we played with purpose after that. They really put in a shift and for 20 minutes I thought we battered them.
“We scored two goals and had two really good chances, and their keeper made one outstanding save from our new signing Ryan Welland.
“I didn’t think their fourth goal was a free kick, but at least in the second half Shrivvy knew they were in a game.
“The players gave everything I asked of them. I couldn’t fault them, it was just a shame they couldn’t do it in the first half.”
The home side went in front in the first half and much of the credit went to new signing Josh Fowler.
The young forward robbed a Malmesbury player as he attempted to shield the ball out, before crossing for Steve Robertson, who picked his spot.
Fowler then opened his account with a beautifully-struck effort from range and Richie Miles made it 3-0 when he tucked into the net following a ball over the top.
Malmesbury brought themselves back into it after the interval courtesy of goals from Scott Chilcott and Terry Moore, but Shrivvy made certain of victory in the closing stages thanks to Moulden.
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