Stunning start seals points for Stour
By Simon King
A great team performance
A great team performance saw the boys take all 3 points in a 4-0 win against a dogged Gloucester. The boys blew their opponents away in the first 12 minutes following the pre game plan to a tee.
In the first two minutes Mitchell Heathcote teased the left back, laying on a ball to Dan Harvey
who struck a beautiful low drive with his left foot from just outside the area. The boys struck again after good play in midfield saw Corey set the ball back for Kyle Peters
. A lovely curled effort from 22 yards found its way into the top corner. The left back couldn't hide his delight at his 1st of the season. With our opponents clearly rocked the boys continued to press and move the ball with great purpose.
Goal of the game and contender for goal of the season saw a sweeping team move that started from the back. The ball moved down the right, into midfield before a stunning 40 yard cross field switch from Jimmy Welch found Corey who delivered an early low cross. Callum Swain
with a tremendous run to the front post side footed under pressure into the top corner.
We went into the 2nd quarter with a 3 goal advantage. Gloucester came out with more purpose but the boys continued to dominate the game. Tom and Tom worked well together to snuff out any threat with Oli Cooper calm and composed recycling the ball well and sweeping up when needed. Will and Ky offered great width behind the wide players and the central three players enjoyed plenty of possession. Jimmy who had a terrific first half scored his first of the season with a left foot lob from 30 yards (although Hayden thinks it was a cross)!! Half time 4-0
Four changes at half time was always going to disrupt the pattern of the game and Gloucester came out determined. The game went a little scrappy in the 3rd quarter and became more physical. Liam Hurle and Charlie Morris were straight in on the action with a couple of strong tackles and they used the ball really well. We looked at our most dangerous down the right side through Mitch and then Jimmy but our final ball let us down.
The final spell saw us play some better stuff with Fletch, Tom Trevis and Kyle all having good opportunities to extend the lead. Liam Hurle almost scored with the last kick of the game but the score stayed 4-0.
We wish Craig, Simon and the Gloucester lads well for rest of the season.