U18 side progress in FA Youth Cup
Cheltenham Town's Under-18 side eased into the third qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup with a 17-0 victory at Bristol side Oldland Abbotonians.
The youth team will now face either Clevedon Town or Bridgwater Town at the World of Smile Stadium.
As a consequence of relegation from the Football League the youth team now have to participate in the qualifying rounds of the FA Youth Cup and while nobody will complain about the chance to fire in a few goals to boost confidence among the squad, this game was a complete mis-match.
The scoring began within the first minute when Ben Ellicott turned sharply onto a Josh Thomas cross to score. Eight minutes later Lewis Thompson finished a strong solo run with a firm finish then, on 24 minutes, Jordan Lymn stole in at the back post to score from a Cameron Pring cross.
Ellicott hit the post shortly afterwards but the fourth goal arrived on the half hour when Karnell Chambers' cross was touched on by Thompson to Josh Thomas and he scored from the edge of the box.
Ellicott burst through to add his second two minutes later and four minutes after that, Joe Hance drove in from the edge of the area.
Two goals in the last three minutes of the first half made it 8-0 at half-time. First, Thompson scored with a lob from 18 yards then Chambers finished off at the far post after good work by Hance.
Coach Jamie Victory made three changes on 50 minutes, sending on three of the more regular starters who had been rested for the first half, and three minutes later Hance ran onto a pass from Lymn to make it 9-0.
Chambers scored with a shot over the goalkeeper from the edge of the box on the hour mark then substitute Luke Thomas scored from a quick breakaway.
Alex Dinsmore joined in on the act with a low drive then Hance and Chambers both completed their hat-tricks, Hance with a close range tap-in on 69 minutes and Chambers with a low drive after running onto a through ball 12 minutes from time.
Luke Thomas added his second from the penalty spot on 80 minutes and Dinsmore scored twice with low drives, the second from a tight angle, in the last five minutes.
OLDLAND ABBOTONIANS (4-2-3-1): Jones; Joyner, Woodman, Luxton, Williams (Robertson 64); T.Sawyer, Andrews; Knowlson, Barraclough, Coole (M.Sawyer 60); McCallum
CHELTENHAM TOWN (4-2-3-1): Tetek; Lymn, Cordell (McCarthy 50), Bower, Pring (L.Thomas 50); J.Thomas, Nutting; Hance, Thompson (Dinsmore 50), Chambers; Ellicott