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New Cheltenham Saracens boss loses opening game 10-2

Ashley Hill found out just how big a job he has got on his hands on Saturday as his Cheltenham Saracens team lost 10-2 to Milton United in his first game in charge.

The 22-year-old took over last week after management duo Ian Giles and Ryan Goodson resigned their positions from the Hellenic League Division One West side.

When Hill was appointed, club owner Bob Attwood said he had an initial spell of two matches to see how he’d get on.

And though Saturday’s drumming may not have been the start that he’d wanted, the former Bishops Cleeve player remained upbeat about the situation.

After the game, Hill told the Gloucestershire Echo: “There were a lot of positives but next time out I want more battling, the second half there was belief and in the first half there wasn’t.

“The first half was challenging but the second half was much better, we were more settled at the back.

“A lot of the headers they scored came from players that were running from midfield, so shape is the big thing we need to work on moving forward.”

Hill is the fourth managerial appointment since the end of last season, when Nick Locke had led Saracens to a promotion winning campaign.

Locke then stepped down and most of his squad left, meaning that the team effectively had to start from scratch over the summer.

Simon Goodwin was the man who took on the challenge, but he resigned before the season had even started – and his successor, Rich Stevenson, lasted until just October before being replaced by Giles and Goodson.

The duo aimed to steady the ship and re-build a team that had won just two matches and conceded well over 50 goals, but described the job as “impossible” and said it was like “a full-time job just trying to field a team”.

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