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Waring Scores 5 in Gloucester win

Stroud Men's 1st XI, sponsored by Ecotricity, finished off their pre-season matches in style on Saturday defeating Gloucester City by 9 goals to 4.

In a dominant 1st half, Stroud played assured, at times scintillating, attacking hockey.  It took an early goal from Gloucester to spark Stroud's performance.  Stroud levelled through captain Alex Waring who received a Rich Fynn pass on the back post and had the simplest of jobs to score.  Waring soon gave Stroud the lead.  After a good breakdown of play from the midfield, Waring collected the ball on the top of the D, beat the advancing keeper only to be pushed wide but somehow squeeze a lunging reverse stick strike into the backboard. 2-1 Stroud.

Stroud continued to dominate the first half proceedings and Calum Norman added a 3rd before Waring collected his hat-trick with a well worked short corner routine. At 4-1 Stroud pushed on and once again Waring arrived at the back post to score his 4th of the game. 5-1 Stroud.

With Stroud dominant in possession, and keeper Cathie left as a bystander, Stroud kept an increasingly demoralised Gloucester under the pump.  The midfield trio of Brad Mears, Matt Williams and Fin Dixon worked hard to win the loose ball and consistently set pacy forward Clifford free down the flanks, whilst Rich Cartmell added to Gloucester's worries with his attacking forays from right back.

Stroud signed off the half with one more goal, Brad Mears collecting a loose ball on the top of the D and clinically drilling the ball into the goal.

The second half saw Gloucester regroup as Stroud tried to build on their impressive first half.  Gloucester strung together some better possession and played some more coherent hockey, resulting in some short corners.  They scored from 2 of these after keeper Cathie had made the first saves only to see the rebounds sent beyond him into the goal.  

Stroud continued to attack and create opportunities at the other end.  Rich Fynn rounded the keeper after a strong run and brother Rob Fynn went close with a couple of short corner strikes.  Brad Mears scored a carbon copy of his first goal with another great top of the D strike.  Skipper Waring wasn't finished either as he deftly deflected a Rich Fynn pass into the net for his fifth of the game. 9-4 Stroud.

Tom Sharpe and Rich Cartmell performed well out of position in defence and Fin Dixon impressed as the youngest player on the pitch.

Stroud will look to build on an impressive pre-season in their first league match next week against Bristol & West.

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