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Electric 6 for Stroud!

Stroud Hockey Club is sponsored by local renewable energy specialist Ecotricity. Stroud Men's 1stXI produced a blistering 10 minutes of hockey on Saturday that can only be described as 'electric'! 

The first half against visitors Bridgend was a niggly, scrappy affair with both sides showing ill discipline and the umpires were forced to intervine with a number of green and yellow cards. Stroud finished the half 1-0 up.  The goal coming after some tenacious closing down by forwards Waring and Clifford; Waring winning the ball back off the Bridgend centre half for Clifford who then returned the ball to him to score at the back post.  Keeper Sam Cathie contributed to the half time lead by brilliantly saving a penalty flick low to his right.

The second half started well for Stroud with a solid period of possession and a few probing attacks.  It was after a brief delay due to an injury to the Bridgend keeper that Stroud flicked the switch and turned on an inspired performance.

Danny Clifford won a short corner with some good skills in the D.  Rob Fynn's low flicked effort was initially saved by the keeper but skipper Waring was on hand to score his second neatly tucking the ball away as it fell from keepers pads.  Cue Stroud goal mayhem! 

Stroud then proceeded to rip Bridgend apart in a blistering 10 minute spell.

Firstly Waring collected his hat-trick, crashing a loose ball into the net as it looped up over the keeper. 3-0.

Then midfielder Mears got on the score sheet with the very next attack.  A lovely passing move down the right hand side that scythed through the Bridgend defence, Mears was on hand to slot the ball home from the top of the D. 4-0.

Rich Fynn got in on the act, finishing off another great passing move. 5-0.

Stroud's final goal was from a well worked short corner, Matt Pearce arriving perfectly to calmly deflect the ball home. 6-0.

Bridgend didn't know what had hit them, the fight was gone from their game and Stroud played out the final 20 minutes in control. Safe in the knowledge that they had put the match well beyond the opposition with that brilliant spell of hockey.

Credit must go to the defence for their second clean sheet in a row but in truth this was the sort of result you get from great alround team performance.

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