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David Bird signs off as stand-in Cinderford Town boss with an emphatic victory

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 30, 2014

David Bird in the Cinderford Town dugout

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A CURATE’S egg performance from Cinderford Town earned David Bird his first and last win as Foresters boss.

In the final of his two-game stint as caretaker boss, former Cheltenham Town midfielder Bird saw his race into a three-goal lead.

But relegations Guildford made Bird’s boys work hard for the points in a bitty second half.

In a fast start, Sam Hunt and Andy Lewis tested the keeper and Alex Harris did well to block from Andy White as Guildford broke quickly.

On nine minutes, makeshift striker Lewis was released by Joe Tumulty and finished confidently, then with 15 gone he doubled his tally rising to head home Clayton Green’s cross.

Tumulty then produced a storming run before shooting straight at Holt before Harris tipped Nuno Pereira’s effort over the bar.

Garyn Preen netted his first goal for Cinderford on 24 minutes with an assured finish and this should have proved a springboard to a big win.

However, Harris again saved well from Pereira and from a goalmouth scramble Joel Greaves failed to force the ball home.

On 40 minutes, Guildford got some reward for their endeavours when Dominic Ogun’s free-kick deceived Harris before nestling in the bottom right-hand corner of the net.

The second half lacked the tempo of the first, with Cinderford constantly falling foul of the offside flag.

But the hosts made the game safe when Lewis’ shot was parried by the goalkeeper and Phil Veal slid the loose ball home.

Pereira was once again denied by Harris while Lewis had a goal ruled out for a foul on the keeper and an effort kicked off the line.

A Veal mistake let in Greaves for Guildford’s second, while the last incident of note saw Elvis DeFreitas receive a straight red card for a shocking challenge from behind on Lewis.

Cinderford Town: A Harris, K Thomas, P Veal, W Archer, J Newall, C Green, G Lloyd (J Sheen 83), J Tumulty (D Harrison 79), A Lewis, S Hunt, G Preen (D Evans 46) Subs not used D Bird, G Lewis.

Guildford City: A Hall, A Bridgeman (C Attwood 43), D Bada, E DeFreitas, B McPhail, J Taylor, N Pereira (L Banton-Brown 84), A Afful, J Greaves, D Ogan, A White. Subs not used D Alsaffak, A Hennessy.

Referee: K Howick

Attendance: 132

Star Man: Andy Lewis

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