Midland Floodlit League Result
Monday 2nd October
Stroud Shortwood U18s 0-7 Cheltenham Saracens U18s
Cheltenham Saracens travelled to Stroud in confident mood on the back of their 4-1 win over Pershore Town and dominated this Midland Floodlit game for large parts of the game. Excellent team work with pass and move phases at its best saw Saracens record a comfortable 7-0 win. Saracens scored their first goal when ex Glos City player Jake Ellmore continued his fine form, crashing in a half volley from 30yds. Saracens wingers of Tom Weedon & Sam Gory was causing mayhem down the flanks but for poor finishing Saracens should have been away high and dry by half time. Saracens then got complacent & were thankful for keeper James Andrews who made two point blank saves before half time. Andrews showing he is rated highly by 1st team manager Gerry Oldham who again named him in the 1st team squad for Saturdays 5-0 win over Highmoor. Saracens forward Jack Kelly was showing he has now fully got over his injury problems from which his strong forward play with Glos County player Brad Bernard was bossing the Stroud defence. Kelly’s header went close when Weedon sent a superb first time diagonal ball into box.
The second half was played in monsoon conditions which Saracens dictated from start to finish. Young 16year old Aaron Mason showed he is another promising youth team player coming through their youth system when he replaced Jack Isher in midfield at half time and soon showed he is a player who will be pushing for the clubs 1st team , when his link up play with Gourley set up Bernard, who took the ball round the keeper and scored into the bottom corner. New signing Hartpury student, Forward Seb Rouix came on for his debut & soon showed what a class act he is, his strong physical play set up Kelly who scored Saracens third with a powerful shot into the bottom corner. Stroud found it increasingly hard in matching Saracens strong physical play & Tom Weedon scored Saracens fourth when Aaron Mason sent Gory clear down the right, his superb first time cross into the box was met by Weedon who crashed in number five. Brad Simms replaced Bernard and showed he is now ready for first team action with his strong running and high field pressure often linking up well with his team mates. Kelly soon scored his second and Saracens sixth from a combination of a 6 man pass and move starting from their own defence Mat Shermon sent Mason racing clear through on goal, and he clinically finished for his first goal for the club. Captain Scott Gourley settled matters in the final stages for Saracens when he curled in a delightful free kick into the bottom corner.