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15 July 2015

Assistant Manager Marcus Stewart was a happy man after seeing Rovers put seven goals past Cirencester Town without reply in last night's pre-season friendly.

It was an impressive performance by a Rovers side that passed and moved the ball around well and looked very good going forward.

"It was a very good performance," said Marcus, "We have done a lot of running and a great deal of game play in training and asked them to pass and move the ball forward tonight and everyone did that and played very well.

"It was a big help that the pitch was a little bit damp as that made it easier to pass the ball around. Normally, pre-season games are played in very hot conditions on a dry pitch and consequently matches are played at a slower pace. Tonight, though, conditions were perfect for football and perfect for us."

Billy Bodin and Jamie Lucas both registered hat tricks; "I thought both players did very well and both deserved their goals, though I have to say that our forward thinking players were all really positive."

Bodin, currently on trial at the club, made a big impression on Stewart; "He  played out wide against Salisbury, on Saturday, in a 4-4-2 formation and it wasn't his day on a dry pitch and it was tough for him.

"Tonight, however, he played up front and was outstanding. I watched him quite closely this evening and his movement was very good. He was bright, and picked up the right positions at the right time and ran in behind their defenders at the right time. He has a bit of pace about him as well. I was  impressed with his performance, not just his goals, but the way he went about his business up front.

"As for Jamie, he runs all day for you and stretches the line all the time. he will never change and I am convinced he's a player who will always score goals.

"Ryan Broom also got on the scoresheet tonight. We played him out wide on the right and he looked a different player.

"There can be no complaints when you score seven goals, no matter who the opposition are and overall it was a very satisfying performance tonight."

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