Four-midable Saracens ease through in Vase
SHRIVENHAM 0 CHELTENHAM SARACENS 4
A RUTHLESS performance saw Cheltenham Saracens canter into the third qualifying round of the FA Vase with Shirvenham unable to match a near-perfect performance from Gerry Oldham's men.
Goals from Ryan Paddock, Elliott Kennedy, Jordan Bryan and a customary strike from Ethan Moore were enough for Saracens, who had enough chances to win by a far greater margin.
Saracens created their first opportunity after just five minutes as Bryan's cross after good work from Lorcan Sheehan, was narrowly missed by the head of hotshot striker Moore.
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Carl Griffiths shot over the bar and Saracens camped in the opposition half, winning a succession of corners before former Bristol Rovers trainee Paddock thumped them in front.
Josh Swales' cross was met by the head of Paddock in the 15th minute and the ball flew into the top corner of the net.
For all their dominance in a first-half performance that could and probably should have led to a clear four or five-goal lead, Saracens had to be patient before finding another goal.
A long ball kick from goalkeeper Ryan Betteridge found Bryan on the right wing and after a powerful run into the box and around the keeper, Kennedy was left with a simple finish.
Wingers Griffiths and Kennedy continued the onslaught in the second half and a superb five-man move resulted in Moore drifting a shot just wide of the target.
Sheehan set up an acrobatic effort from Leigh Rayson, but he was denied a spectacular goal by a last-ditch clearance from a Shrivenham defender.
But Saracens were not be denied a third goal and after another teasing run from Griffiths, his cross was headed home by the on-rushing Bryan to give the Shirvenham goalkeeper no chance.
Oldham decided to ring the changes with Andew Venning and Harley Price both sent on for Saracens debuts.
And Moore was not to be denied his regular goal, the former Cheltenham Town professional calmly dispatching a shot into the roof of the net after another defence-splitting pass from Sheehan.