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Super Start from the 2nd XI

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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