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Mens 1st match report 23rd September

26 September 2007 at 00:00

Winborne Wayfarers 3 Stroud 2

Stroud travelled to Dorset on Sunday, and unveiled their new playing kit sponsored by the Omega Group. They were playing the Wimborne Wayfarers in the first round of the Hockey Association knockout competition.

The game started with Wimborne having the upper hand. Stroud seemed to struggle to get the heads in gear after the long drive. The defensive team of Simon Pickard and Matthew Waite worked tirelessly to keep the Wimborne forward line at bay. However the forwards still managed to get some quality shots away in the direction of the goal. With the 1st team keeper Injured Sam Gilbert step in and showed why he was in the County set up at the U17 level. Sam looked cool and calm when making save after save to keep Stroud in the game.

Stroud welcomed back the newly wed Matthew Pearce to the side and with Liam Tunney and Brad Mears the midfield Trio has the legs to run any team of the park. The latter part of the first half saw Stroud beginning to keep hold of the ball and string some passes together. This pressure enabled Stroud to have a couple of forays into the Oppositions D. With 30 seconds to go before the half time hotter Wimborne broke down the right hand side and with some skill beat the defenders. The ball was put across the the left hand post where a quality finish to the left hand bottom corner beat the keeper.

Stroud came out to the second half with a greater confidence in their stride and the forward line of Waring, Shipp and Batten exploited the width of the pitch that had eluded the side in the first half. Some flowing passing moves saw shots from Waring and Batten being saved by the keeper. A shot corner was then awarded and Matthew Waite stepped up and slotted the ball in the bottom left hand corner with a perfectly executed drag flick. The belief was now in the Stroud side and with Hines rolling back the years and playing at right back the sides shape seemed to be working perfectly. Stroud were commanding the possession and creating chance after chance. The next short corner that was awarded was injected to the top of the D where Mears was waiting to stroke the ball passed the keeper, once again shaving the left hand post. Stroud where now up 2-1 with 5 minutes to go. The ball was unfortunately lost with 30 second to go and Wimborne earned a penalty corner. Their striker side stepped the on rushing Waite and slotted the ball into the goal. Extra time, Golden goal now loomed.

The extra time started and almost immediately a short corner was awarded against Stroud. In a Carbon copy of his last goal the Wimborne striker finished the game. This was an unfortunate end to what had been a good, competitive fixture between the two clubs. The umpires both deserve a mention for their efforts in making the tie an enjoyable occasion. Best of Luck to Wimborne in the next round.

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Super Start from the 2nd XI

17 September 2007 at 00:00

Stroud Men?s 2nd XI 2 Witney 2nd XI 1
Goalscorer: Dan Clifford (2)

On a blistering hot day, Stroud Men?s 2nd XI looked up against it with only 10 men to face a strong Witney side. Leaving a lone striker, the rest of the side took a few minutes to get themselves organised in the first game of the season. This momentary lapse was all it took for Witney to open the scoring but Stroud are built of sterner stuff and soon showed the visitors they were not going to have a walk in the park. Rich McColl?s strong presence at the back helped by Graham Morris and Mike Hallett soon built a near impregnable fortress. With Dan Clifford?s zip in midfield and youth in the form of Rich Cartmell, Stroud soon produced several attacks. Barney Franklin?s solid midfield performance was supported well by Tom Brooks and Rob Goad.
A Stroud clearance was nicely controlled by Tim Norman. Having got the call, he despatched the ball into the path of Clifford who proceeded to beat the keeper superbly before running the ball home for the equaliser. All square at half time but Stroud were in the ascendance and this continued throughout the second half. Norman?s runs kept Witney on their toes and they were unable to commit too many players forward. Stroud used the width to great effect and the determination of Cartmell, Clifford, Brooks and Goad stopped Witney from taking control. Kev Sinden was relatively untroubled in goal, particularly as his defence worked so hard. Another Clifford run saw him fouled and the resultant short corner was the last action of the game. McColl?s strike was well saved but the ball came out to Clifford on the left and he pushed the ball home for a deserved victory.

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Results for 15 Sep 2007

17 September 2007 at 00:00

Ladies' 1st XI beat Thornbury 2:1
Men's 2nd XI beat Witney 2nd XI 2:1 with only 10 men
Stroud Badgers lost 1:0 to Witney Badgers

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Matches for 22 Sep 2007

17 September 2007 at 00:00

Matches for Saturday 22 Sep 2007 are as follow :-
HOME ...
Ladies' 1st XI v Dursley Friendly LC start 11 am
Ladies' 2nd XI v Blockley 2 LEAGUE LC start 12:30
Men's 2nd XI v Cirencester A LEAGUE LC start 2 pm
AWAY ...
Men's 1st XI Away v Cardiff Univ B LEAGUE - details later
Men's Badgers Away v North Somerset - details later

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Badgers Meet their Match

10 September 2007 at 00:00

Stroud Badgers 1 West Wilts Badgers 3
Goalscorer: Zac Lees
Stroud Badgers, sponsored by Chalford Building Supplies, met their match in the first game of the season. They started the match brightly enough before long establishing control. Despite this relative dominance, they failed to score, attempting to pass the ball into the goal instead of getting the shots away. Calum Norman had a fine game at right back and his promising forays and good positioning led the way for several attacks through Matt Price and Rich Cartmell. Although the moves came, the final pass was lacking and the midfield was not used effectively enough. Promising signs, however, was Stroud?s ability to switch the play and, therefore, using the flanks to attack. This stretched West Wilts and should have given Stroud several goals advantage by half time. The home side rued these missed opportunities and the skilful visitors plucked a goal almost from nowhere to lead at the break.
Stroud?s comprehensive positional play eluded them in the second half and a resolute West Wilts began to build on their fine skills. To be fair, Stroud let them play to some extent and pushed forward too much in their eagerness to pull back a goal. West Wilts extended their lead and Stroud stopped using the width of the pitch. This was their undoing and, although bolstered by Zac Lees? goal, struggled to hit the heights of the first half. As Stroud began to play through the middle, West Wilts played controlled passing hockey and eventually scored from a short corner after a needless foul ; game over.
There were some good signs, though. Norman showed composure and vision worthy of a midfield player. Dominic Creech was strong and controlled in the first half and the midfield with Joe Jarman and Rich Cartmell showed growing maturity at times in the first half. There is work to do, however, but better to rue the missed chances now than when the Badgers? League starts in a few weeks time.

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