Sep 18

Pershore u18s 1 – 4 Cheltenham Saracens u18s

On Friday evening, Cheltenham Saracens travelled to Pershore Town for their Midland floodlit league encounter and from an inspired performance by their Captain, Scott Gourley secured their first league win from three games played, in a game which they dominated for large parts throughout. Saracens with new signing ‘Hartpury College’ player Tom Weedon starting his debut on the left wing, settled early into the game, thanks mainly to his fellow ‘Harpury college’ colleagues Ash Hill, Bernard and Ellmore respectively. Saracens buoyed from their fine performance unlucky Fa Youth cup defeat to Bath City, played with much more confidence and soon took the game to Pershore winning early corners from good play by Hill & Jack Ishers passing. Jake Ellmore’s early header went just wide after 3 mins. Saracens pass and move phases of play was excellent throughout the first half. Saracens were at their best spreading their passes around often switching the ball thus continuing to pressure the Pershore back line defence, which eventually caved in & Saracens going ahead after 8mins, a superb run by Gourley through the heart of the midfield, went unchallenged and his 20yd shot flew in giving the Pershore keeper no chance. Solid defending by Seb Minchew & Shermon, Hill & Ellmore maintained a high possession quota for Saracens from which they should have extended their scoring, chances by Kurtis Burrows and notably Brad Bernard’s late first half chance which cannoned off the bar. Sam Gorry playing his best game for Saracens by far, was excellently supported on the right hand side by Hill allowing Gorry explosive runs down the right. Tom Weedon’s touch and vision was class and allowed Saracens to fully express themselves.

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