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Mens 1st XI Promoted Again as they Edge Out Wotton

North 2 League Winners 2008/09 - Stroud Mens 1XIStroud went away to Wotton knowing that a win would mean guaranteed promotion for Stroud but also relegation for their local rivals. The game started brightly with Stroud linking some nice passing moves and probing into Wotton's D. A breakaway from Wotton saw an overload at the back post and a goal was scored to put Wotton ahead.

Stroud responded quickly with a goal of their own from Jamie Batten. Another followed quickly when Batten made a superb break away and from the left side of the D scored an impossible reverse hit - goal of the season for the 18 year old forward.

Wotton came out for the second half with rejuvenated fight in them, and the derby feel of the game was in evidence as tempers were stretched. A well worked move from Batten and Dan Clifford was finished, with real determination, by Stroud forward Ben Orme, clattering the ball into the back board.

The defensive midfield work of Matt Waite to contain Wotton's main player earned him man of the match but even this work couldn't stop Wotton from scrambling the ball across the line at the left post. In the final 5 minutes Stroud were down to 10 men after a poor tackle from the right back led to a yellow card. This meant that the last few minutes were very tense, leading to a short corner being given to Wotton right on the final whistle. A fine save from keeper Cruickshank and a cool clearance by midfielder Brad Mears gave Stroud a thoroughly deserved victory. This is the Omega Group-sponsored firsts team's second promotion in as many seasons and sets a final game of the season with Devizes A where victory could mean a the league title if Old Bristolians slip up against Cheltenham side, Lansdown.

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