Cirencester Town 0
Bristol Rovers 7
Bodin (7, 16, 41), Lucas (pens, 33 & 81, 59), Broom (61)
A slick performance from Bristol Rovers saw them romp to victory against Cirencester Town at the Corinium Stadium.
An outstanding first half hat trick by Billy Bodin set them on their way and Jamie Lucas also weighed in with a hat trick that included two penalties, with Ryan Broom also getting on the scoresheet.
Darrell Clarke was forced into making a couple of changes to his original squad for this game as Cristian Montano and Nathan Blissett were left out.
Cristian Montano wasn’t risked after picking up a slight foot injury, while Nathan Blissett may now feature in tomorrow’s game at Mangotsfield, as Matty Taylor picked up a knock in Sunday’s game at Sutton and may sit that one out.
Triallist Jake Slocombe is a former Yate Town player who has spent the last year in America and is a former Rovers Futsal scholar.
After a tentative opening by both sides Rovers took a seventh minute lead when Ryan Broom’s cross from the right was headed in by Billy Bodin.
The home side’s response was a close range header from Charlie Griffin, which saw Steve Mildenhall make a comfortable save.
Rovers were denied a second goal on 15 minutes when Jake Gosling’s chip beat goalkeeper Josh Langley but the custodian was fouled by Bodin before the ball crossed the line.
A second goal wasn’t long in arriving though as Bodin ran on to Gosling’s revers pass and chipped the ball over Langley.
Two minutes later the keeper made a fine save from Broom in a one on one situation, touching the ball behind for a corner.
At the other end Griffin wasted an opportunity to pull a goal back, lashing a shot wide of the mark when well placed.
Gosling was then denied by the outstretched legs of the Langley as he raced through on goal and got a shot away.
Rovers were moving the ball around well and scored again after 33 minutes. Tyler Lyttle’s run and shot saw defender Ben Brown handle in the area and Jamie Lucas converted the resulting penalty.
The home side were struggling to cope with a Rovers side intent on going forward and conceded again on 41 minutes when Gosling found Bodin in the penalty area and the former Swindon and Torquay player
lashed the ball high into the net to complete his hat trick.
Rovers made a half time substitution, which saw Alfie Kilgour replace Tom Lockyer.
Six minutes into the second half Stuart Sinclair burst through on goal and hit a shot straight at Langley who saved at the second attempt.
Bodin almost scored again on 56 minutes when after a neat one two with Sinclair he saw Langley make a fine save from his ferocious drive.
Rovers increased their lead on 59 minutes when Lucas glanced in a header from Gosling’s cross and two minutes later Broom, who looked to be fouled in the area, stayed on his feet and slotted in goal number six.
In between those two goals Rovers made two substitutions, which saw Jay Malpas replace Sinclair and Slocombe on for Lee Mansell.
The home side made five substitutions shortly afterwards but they failed to make any real impact as Rovers always looked comfortable in possession.
Lucas completed his hat trick on 81 minutes, sending Langley the wrong way from the penalty spot after he was brought down in the area.
Cirencester Town: Josh Langley, Ben Brown, Ellis Dunton, Gethin Jones, Brad Hooper, Leigh Henry, Ross Langsworthy, James Mortimer-Jones, Charlie Griffin, Josh Parson, Aidan Bennett
Substitutes (All used): Mark Pritchett, Ian Herring, Jordan Ricketts, Callum Parsons, Callum Henry, Luke Dyke, Brian Hughes
Bristol Rovers: Steve Mildenhall, Tyler Lyttle, Tom Lockyer (Alfie Kilgour, 46), Mark McChrystal, Danny Greenslade, Ryan Broom, Stuart Sinclair (Jay Malpas, 60), Lee Mansell (Jake Slocombe, 60), Jake Gosling, Jamie Lucas, Billy Bodin