Slimbridge U18s and Cheltenham Saracens U18s continued their perfect starts to the 2021/22 Cheltenham Youth Floodlit League with wins in midweek.
The latest round of matches kicked off with wins for Hereford Pegasus, who beat Malvern Town 4-1 to maintain their unbeaten start to the season – with two wins and a draw from their opening three matches.
Pegasus, who were in the title race until the final game of last season, move to 3rd in the league on 7 points, two points off the leaders at this early stage.
In our featured game on Tuesday night we saw Slimbridge continue their strong start to the season with a 4-0 win over Tuffley Rovers at Glevum Park.
Slimbridge went into the game without Manager Josh Wring who was self isolating due to a positive Covid test and he would have been frustrated by the start his side made.
The Young Swans had two goals disallowed for offside in the opening three minutes but apart from that struggled for rhythm and were unusually sloppy in possession, which was strange given the amount of time they seemed to find on the ball, especially in the centre of the pitch.
Two goals just before half time set Slimbridge on their way to victory though and both goals came from winger Jacob Rogers.
The first saw him bring the ball down just inside the box from a chipped ball forward and calmly slot the ball past the rushing keeper, with the second seeing him bundle the ball over the line at the back post from a cross from the right.
The second half followed suit from the first, with both sides cancelling each other out but Slimbridge did a good job of keeping Tuffley at an arms length throughout.
Again two quickfire goals added gloss to the Slimbridge win, with substitute George Parker heading home from a deep cross before full back Rio Tomlin pinged one in from 30 yards.
Slimbridge are joined at the top of the table by Cheltenham Saracens who beat Bishops Cleeve 2-0 on Thursday night.
Both sides have their 100% record in tact and have both been rock solid at back, with three clean sheets each so far.
Elsewhere on Thursday night Shortwood United joined Hereford Pegasus on 7 points from their first four games with a 2-1 win over Evesham United at Meadowbank and in our featured game from Thursday, the reigning champions Cinderford Town secured their first win of the season, beating Longlevens 5-1 at Saw Mills.
Cinderford started the game quickly and came close when Ben Scotford crashed a 25 yard effort off the crossbar on four minutes.
Two quickfire goals just before the quarter of an hour mark put the Young Foresters in a commanding position with Matthew Gore bundling home a corner after a knockdown, then Scotford drilling an effort into the bottom corner from the right side of the box within sixty seconds from the restart.
Five minutes later it was 3-0 when Taylor Blaby got the run on his man at a corner and diverted the ball into the near post, leaving Longlevens with a mountain to climb.
They started climbing it just after half an hour when a long free kick forward bounced through to Carlos Jenkins, who sidefooted home to give the hosts a chance.
But that chance vanished just before half time when Gore clipped in a superb fourth for his side.
After the ball was slid to him on the right corner of the box, Gore chipped it towards the back post, seeing the ball end up in the net off the post itself.
Then right at the end of the game Tommy Coleman picked up a cleared Cinderford corner, weaved his way to the right side of the box and drilled his effort into the net to make it 5-1 and a convincing win for last season’s Severn Sport Team of the Season.
Next week’s matches start with Malvern vs Westfields on Monday night (11th), before Cinderford host Tuffley and Slimbridge host Shortwood United on Tuesday night (12th), Lydney Town host Bishops Cleeve on Wednesday night (13th) and Evesham welcome Longlevens to the Jubilee on Thursday (14th).
Also on Thursday night Cheltenham Saracens head to Gosport Borough in the next round of the FA Youth Cup so we all wish them the best of luck in that tie!