Bolger's 30-yard lob gives Saracens a flying start on day one
LEE Bolger's 30-yard lob lit up Cheltenham Saracens' opening day victory over Oxford City Nomads.
Gerry Oldham's side kicked off their Hellenic League Premier Division campaign with a 3-1 home win over Oxford City Nomads, their conquerors in last year's League Cup final.
Saracens took the lead after 13 minutes when, after a good spell of pressure, full back Ryan Clark was on hand to head home from close range when the ball came off crossbar.
Paul Fahy hit the crossbar on 50 minutes but after an hour Oxford scored with a low shot by Mark Janes.
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Two minutes later the vision of Bolger paid off when he was able to lob the 6ft 5in goalkeeper Milan Botisic to put Saracens in a deserved lead.
A clearance off the line by the Oxford defence was followed by the third goal on 80 minutes when a good pass by Josh Swales found substitute Jamie Hammond whose strength allowed him to outstrip the Oxford defender to lob the unfortunate Botisic again.
Oldham was highly encouraged by his side's start, with Cheltenham Town's record appearance maker Roger Thorndale among those in the crowd to praise the performance. But he knows they will be given a thorough examination at Wantage Town tonight.
"For me Wantage are probably the favourites to win the league," said Oldham.
"They came second last year and they won 5-1 on Saturday against Newbury Town.
"We did beat them in the League Cup semi-finals last season, though, so that is a positive and I just want to see the lads show the same attitude as they did on Saturday."
Saracens were without Sean McKeon, Leigh Rayson, Jack Oldham and Harlie Price against Oxford and none of the injured players is expected back tonight. Oldham junior suffered mild concussion in training last week.
"It'll be the same squad, I expect, and all I'd like to see is us taking our chances and being more ruthless," said Oldham.
"We should have been 3-0 up at half-time on Saturday and ended up five or six up, but it was a solid start for us."