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You Win Some You Draw

Ecotricity sponsored Stroud Men's 1st XI played out their second 1-1 draw of the season with Bristol & West on Saturday at Stratford Park in a game that ebbed and flowed but which neither side truly dominated.

Bristol started brightly with a period of early possession but were not able to do anything with it as they found the Stroud defensive unit hard to break down.  Stroud were patient and showed a few early signs of looking dangerous on the break - Mat Pearce went close with a great effort from the top of the D.

Skipper Alex Waring broke the deadlock mid way through the half.  Rich Fynn did all the hard work, collecting a loose pass in just outside the 25 before driving towards the byline.  Waring was on hand to deflect his rising cross into the back of the goal. 

Fynn and Waring almost made it 2 minutes later with a similar move but this time just lacked the killer touch.

Bristol then had a decent spell where they put together a few short corners and the Stroud defence will count themsleves unlucky to have conceeded when Bristol squeezed their 3rd over the line. 1-1 at half time.

The second half saw more of the same, both sides creating decent chances but neither finding a way through.  Danny Clifford came closest to winning the 3 points for Stroud.  Mat Pearce played a defence splitting pass and Clifford's first time deflected effort flew agonisingly over the cross bar.

The drama was saved for the final minute though.  Stroud pressed hard for the win and won a succession of short corners.  Again Clifford thought he had won the game, this time dribbling the ball neatly before despatching the ball into the back of the net only for the whistle to blow for.... another short corner.  Stroud couldn't believe their bad luck and Bristol & West were relieved to clear the final corner and walk off with a hard fought point.

This entry was posted on 16 January 2012 at 17:41 and is filed under Mens 1XI | Match Reports. You can leave a response here.

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