Jan 10

Cheltenham Saracens u18s 7-1 Pershore Town u18s

Saracens welcomed in 2013 with a
convincing win over a spirited and hard working Pershore Town side, who
included in their squad an England Colleges Midfielder player.

Saracens with very few fixtures played since early November, looked
leggy early on & took time to settle. Pershore enjoying most of the
early pressure without really testing Saracens Keeper James Andrews.
Saracens with a strong contingent of Hartpury students in their side
were missing top scorer Tom Weedon ‘injured playing for Oxford City
County at the weekend’ but did welcome Hartpury College Student
debutant Tom Reed in at the heart of central defence.

Saracens opened
the scoring after 10mins from a three man move involving Tom Cowling,
Kurtis Burrows & Seb Rioux which was despatched in the bottom corner by
Rioux. 1-0

This opening goal should have settled Saracens but despite
a succession of corners & chances notably ‘Capt’ Jake Ellmore, Burrows
and Isher Saracens should have capitalised more with their chances. A
20th min strong run by Kurtis Burrows eventually gave Saracens another
good chance but clear on goal he was brought down in the box winning a
penalty. Burrows then saw his Penalty send the keeper the wrong way but
cannon back off the post.

These missed chances gave Pershore much
vigor for which they put a sustained period of pressure on the Saracens
defence but Somerset County players Tom Cowling & Tom Reed was pulling
all the strings in Defence and midfield and was magnificent ensuring
Saracens went in at Half Time 1-0 to the good.

The second half saw a
much determined Saracens side & it didn’t take them long to score their
second goal on 50mins, a delightful through ball by Jake Ballinger
found the waiting Burrows he side-stepped the goalie but as he was
about to score was taken out in the box for another penalty, this time
Burrows made no mistake despatching the penalty kick into the roof of
the net 2-0.

Saracens coaches Darren Tunnicliff & Sean Bryan then
sensed the Pershore team was tiring and in the 55th min sent on
attackers Brad Bernard & forward Jack Kelly replacing Rioux & Sam
Gorry. These substitutes paid immediate dividends when Kelly scored
with more or less his first touch. Receiving a pass from Seb Minchew
30yds out Kelly let fly with a thunderbolt left foot which dipped,
swerved and flew into the roof of the net 3-0.

Pershore though were
dogged and stubborn and from a corner thought they had scored when an
overhead kick was superbly headed off the line by Saracens defender Ash
Hill. Saracens turned this 60th min chance into an immediate attack
winning a corner, Jake Ballinger heading in after again good work in
the box by Hill. 4-0

Saracens young exciting 16 year old player Aaron
Mason then replaced the faultless Jake Ballinger, who with Jack Isher
in central midfield was magnificent throughout. Mason settled in
quickly and was soon spraying his passes around in his customary
fashion. One particular pass from Mason sent Bernard clear on the right
who fired into the corner for Saracens 5th. 5-0

Saracens pace and
power was superb and 5-0 became 6-0 after 70mins when Mason seized on a
knockdown in the box by Burrows and fired in under the body of the
Pershore Keeper 6-0. Jack Kelly scored his second and Saracens 7th when
he finished clinically from inside the box from a superb Bernard pass.

Pershore got a consolation goal they deserved; a rash challenge by
Isher caught a Pershore player in the box for which the penalty was
despatched into the roof of the net.
FT: 7-1
M.O.M – Tom Reed

Andrews, Minchew, Hill, Elmore ‘Capt’ Reed, Cowling, Isher, Ballinger,
Gorry, Burrows, Rioux
Subs: Bernard, Kelly, Mason

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