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Duff on the pre-season victory at Stratford

19 August 2020

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Duff on the pre-season victory at Stratford

19 August 2020

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Manager Michael Duff felt his Cheltenham Town team were able to hurt their opponents all over the pitch as they made it two wins from two pre-season games at Stratford Town on Tuesday.

The Robins started with virtually the same team that played the final 30 minutes of Saturday's pre-season opener at Evesham, with all the goals coming before a full 11 changes were made on the 60 minute mark.

Liam Sercombe opened the scoring with his first goal since arriving from Bristol Rovers inside nine minutes via a long-range strike that flew into the bottom corner.

Some neat possesion play then ended with a tap in for centre-back Dan Bowry in the 31st minute, before Alfie May was presented with a similar close range finish eight minutes into the second half after the goalkeeper failed to hold Chris Hussey's initial effort.

"For the first 60 minutes, that's exactly how we want to play. We hurt them in all areas and could have scored a few more goals," said Duff.

"We've won two games and we didn't win a friendly game last season. Results I am not particularly bothered about though, it's about getting them through pre-season games."

Robins scholar Callum Ebanks, who scored for Evesham at the weekend, featured in the second half for Stratford and caught the eye once again. 

"I think there's been some good football played in the two games and little bonuses like having Callum playing against us in two peroids during both matches and doing well too," Duff added.

"Other than Sean Long, who picked up a niggle in training and will have a scan, everyone seems to have come through it quite brightly and quite sharp."

You can watch Duff's post-match reaction above on iFollow as he also looks ahead to a different test in their next behind-closed-doors friendly against Bristol City on Friday.




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