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Stroud A 5  Gloucester B 2

Goalscorers:Tim Norman (2), Fin Dixon, Rich Cartmell, Zac Lees

A fine pre-autumnal afternoon provided the backdrop to Ecotricity-sponsored Stroud Men’s 2nd XI on Saturday.  Yet another new lineup greeted the visitors, but a determined Stroud were soon on the attack.  Steve Shipp ticked all the boxes in midfield, providing Stroud with a pivot to feed wide midfielders, Fin Dixon and Rohan Sopp.  Jack Hamilton played a steady hand at left back, with Dave Cruickshank showing some wonderful athleticism in goal.  A powerful move down the left led to a fine probing cross from Dixon at Tim Norman whose deflection put the home side in front.  Gloucester pulled a goal back and Stroud laboured to get their game together.  Rich Cartmell and Zac Lees tried to work the right flank, before Cartmell positioned himself perfectly to receive a pass from the back line and put Stroud ahead again.  The home side then looked to have extended their lead before the break, but after some deliberation, the goal was not given.

The second half still left room for improvement as Stroud tended to steer clear of the right side of the pitch.  Movement was good, however, and Rob Gleed did find space to play the ball down the right at times.  A wonderful move involving Shipp, Cartmell and Wathen led to fine finish by Dixon, putting a smile on Stroud’s supporting faces.  A lull in proceedings allowed Gloucester to pull another goal back and for a few moments, Stroud found themselves challenged at the back.  Mike Hallett and Hermes Carlyon were not flustered and Cruickshank’s efforts ensured the visitors did not spoil the party.  Norman made the game safe with a typical centre forward’s poach before Lees continued his scoring spree with Stroud’s 5th of the day.

Next week they face Cheltenham C in the season’s first League encounter and will look to improve further still.

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