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Clinical Stroud make Newent pay

Ecotricity sponsored Stroud Men's 1st XI did a smash and grab job on the 3 points this week with a 2-0 win over local rivals Newent.

Stroud arrived for this fixture determined to improve on their poor showings against Newent last season, having lost both home and away games.  Stroud were focused from the off and resolutely played to their game plan.

Newent saw far more possession in a first half they dominated in all except goals scored.  They overloaded the Stroud defence on numerous occassions as they poured forward.  Stroud remained resolute. Keeper Cathie set the tone early on with a brilliant reaction save low to his right after a strong reverse stick strike - a contender for save of the season.  Newent won 8 short corners in the first half but couldn't find a way to unpick the lock.  Rob Fynn and Andy Murray calmly dealt with everything Newent could muster whilst Andy Hines at right back and the returning Rob Waite at left back ensured the ball was cleared well down the lines.  

Stroud were patient and waited for the opportunities they knew they could create. Their first meaningful foray into the Newent D resulted in a goal.  Matt Williams battled hard to win back the ball in midfield and found skipper Alex Waring on the penalty spot.  Waring was tightly marked but he sharply moved the ball out of his feet and sent his reverse stick strike high to the keepers left, giving him no chance. 1-0 Stroud at half time.

Stroud prepared for more of the same in the second half but it was Newent who found themselves on the back foot early on. The Stroud midfield and forwards put them under pressure in possession and forced mistakes.  Stroud began to work better periods of passing and looked to get in behind the Newent defence that kept pushing forward.  When Matt Williams found Waring up the right hand side the break was on, he in turn found Rich Fynn with a well weighted pass as he was breaking beyond the last defender.  Fynn did the rest, rounding the advancing keeper to send Stroud 2 goals to the good.  

At this stage the game tempo raised as Stroud sensed further goals.  Fynn nearly added a third soon after.  Rob Fynn throwing an aerial ball into his brothers path, Rich's first time touch lobbing over the keeper only to hit the inside of the post, roll along the line and back out again.

Newent were by no means finished and continued with their gung ho approach in search of a way back into the match.  They won further short corners but keeper Sam Cathie was equal to the task, with Andy Murray and Rob Fynn mopping up well. Newent kept pressing and will count themselves unlucky after hitting the bar and the post in later part of the half.

Midfielders Tunney, Williams and Mears worked very hard to keep hold of the ball and Stroud wound down the clock with good periods of possession until Newent won a final short corner on the last whistle.  Once again they were unable to find a way past the Stroud defence who will be delighted with a clean sheet and the 3 points!

In truth Newent were very profligate infront of goal and will rue the number of short corners they failed to convert.  Stroud on the other hand were clinical, taking their chances, and they made Newent pay.

This entry was posted on 16 October 2011 at 09:58 and is filed under Mens 1XI | Match Reports. You can leave a response here.

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