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Cracking Win Gromit

Ecotricity-sponsored Stroud Men's 1st XI enjoyed themselves on Saturday, away to local rivals Cirencester.  Stroud took the league's bottom-placed team to pieces in a comprehensive 7-2 demolition.

Stroud were looking to find some form having lost their previous three league games but made the worst possible start, Cirencester taking the lead after 2 minutes.  Stroud quickly regrouped and responded immediately by winning a short corner.  Rob Gleed stepped up to the mark and duly dispatched a clean strike to level the score.

Stroud never looked back and dominated the rest of the half.  Rich Fynn dispatched 2 penalty flicks after goal-bound efforts were illegally halted by Cirencester defenders.  Danny Clifford brought new found vigour to the right side of midfield and scored a great goal after a marauding run into the D.  Skipper Alex Waring got in on the act too, squeezing a deflected short corner effort home.  Stroud finished the half 5-1 to the good.

The second half saw more of the same.  Rich Fynn secured his second hat trick in successive weeks when he arrived at the back post to finish the move of the game; Liam Tunney won the ball for Stroud in the left back position and found Waring who beat his marker before finding Matt Pearce in an advanced position.  Pearce played a first time ball to Rich Fynn who played a brilliant cross field ball to Danny Clifford wide on the right.  Clifford played his cross powerfully toward the back post where Waring and Fynn were queuing up to score.  Fynn applied the crucial finishing touch.

Cirencester managed to get a consolation goal after a deliberate foul in the D led to the 3rd penalty flick of the game.  The game was Stroud's, however, and Danny Clifford capped his man-of-the-match performance with a great individual finish, squeezing an unstoppable shot between the keeper and the post to round things off.

Creditable mentions must go to Rob Gleed in defence - he continues to develop in his new 1st team role; 16-year old Calum Norman who had an excellent game and to keeper Sam Cathie whose very vocal performance kept his side, not to mention the opposition, on their toes.

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