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Win Keeps Stroud in the Hunt

In a pretty one-sided affair on Saturday, Stroud roared out of the blocks, going 3 goals up within the first 10 minutes.  An incisive attack and pass across the top of the D found Tim Norman, whose reverse stick shot wrong-footed the keeper for goal number one.  Norman’s cross a couple of minutes later was beautifully despatched, first time on the reverse into the goal by Rohan Sopp.  A Zac Lees tap-in made it 3 before Stroud went quiet for a while when the home side lost 2 players in quick succession, captain Norman struck on the hand by a short corner strike and Derek Pittaway with a muscle pull.  As fortune had it, they had a couple of subs able to step into the breach.  Norman reappeared for a while before being driven to hospital to tend his wound.  Sopp scored 2 more cracking goals to complete a richly-deserved hat trick and Rob Gleed got on the score sheet, too.

With Alan Edwards and Ian Gill solid at the back, Matt Watts was freed up to engage in a spot of attacking on the left.  Tom Freer enjoyed more of the ball up the right and Stroud never really looked like conceding a goal.  Indeed, this was a comprehensive rather than stunning victory, keeping Stroud firmly in second spot.  Their visit to leaders, Ross, next week, looks troublesome, however, particularly having lost their captain, a prominent midfield maestro and another striker last week to a hamstring pull.  Tough call indeed, but fingers crossed for lady luck to shine on them.

This entry was posted on 21 February 2012 at 08:00 and is filed under Mens 2XI | Match Reports. You can leave a response here.

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