Six of the best for Stour
By Simon King
A classy performance
A classy performance as the boys bounced back from cup disappointment last week. Apart from the first and last few minutes it was a near faultless performance with the boys playing some exciting and free flowing football which produced some stunning goals. Cheltenham started well closing down quickly and lots of misplaced passes meant we kept giving away posession. The opener on the ten minute mark was a towering header from James Fletcher
after an excellent cross from Corey Sheaf.
We really settled down from this point and created a number of opportunities that we failed to capitalise on. 1-0 end of 1st quarter.
We seemed to get even better in the next two spells. A quick throw from the industrious Kyle Peters
saw Amari Richards roll his marker and hit a dipping volley from 25 yards. Jimmy Welch and Dan Harvey
were running the show in the middle allowing Amari, Mitch and Corey to offer good support to Fletch who went close with a couple of headers. Hayden and Tom dominated in the air and showed composure to recycle the ball allowing ky and Tom Trevis to drive forward.
Hayden went close with a header from a corner on 35 mins and his parter Tom Hunt showed him how to do it just 3 minutes later when a perfect Jimmy Welch corner was met with the full force of the big mans forehead. 3-0 at half time.
A number of changes were made most notable the emergence of Callum Swain
and Charlie Morris who got straight into the action. On the 43rd minute a nice through ball from Charlie released Mitch who blazed past the fullback before delivering an inch perfect cross that Swainy volleyed home. Seven minutes later Amari dazzled down our right side before clipping a ball in which Swainy managed to perform an Ibrahimovich type acrobatic back heel that looped in. 5-0 going into the final period.
Will Bishop picked up from Mitch showing ability to beat his man and deliver a number of dangerous crosses on the right side. On 65 minutes Kyle Peters
left play after his best game of the season to be replaced by Lewis Nicholls (great moment for him to return after a 9 month injury nightmare). Cheltenham continued to try and get forward and had their best spell as we became a little ragged and we should have conceded after a mix up. With 10 minutes to go good build up play down the right again saw the ball pulled across to Cal who set up Tom. TT side footed cooly from 15 yards to wrap up another fantastic goal.
Credit to Cheltenham who never gave up but today we were just too good all over the pitch. We look forward to the return later in the season.