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Confident M2 Continue to Thrive

10 December 2012 at 10:16

A supremely confident Stroud Men’s 2nd XI, sponsored by Ecotricity, completed the first round of League matches with a comprehensive victory over a youthful and useful Wotton side on Saturday.  With a couple of niggling injuries and two first choice players unavailable, Stroud could have buckled under the responsibility.  Not so, though, as they started with one thing in mind … a win.  Steve Shipp’s energy down the left led to a powerful cross, collected neatly by Craig Wathen, whose turn and sharp shot gave the home side an early lead.  The pressure told again, with a dominant Stroud midfield superbly supported by Ian Gill, Ben Drury and Matt Watts in defence.  Captain Rob Gleed, scored Stroud’s second with a powerful short corner strike to give Stroud a 2:0 half time advantage.
The second half saw even more control from Stroud.  Andy Murray’s man-of-the-match winning performance in midfield provided great linkage between Stroud’s players.  At times it looked as though Stroud had an extra player on the pitch, despite having to defend stoically as Wotton refused to back down.  Once Shipp had put the third goal away it meant Stroud were able to relax a little more.  That relaxation actually led to more assured passing and they looked comfortable.  Still working hard, however, Tim Norman won the ball in midfield and threaded the ball through to Ben Orme.  With the scent of the goal in his nostrils, there was never any doubt he would put the ball away for Stroud’s fourth.  Craig Breddy was a happy man in goal, with his first clean sheet of the season.  This was another fine performance, albeit not quite top drawer – enough to see them in a comfortable second, a full 7 points clear of 3rd and 4th places.

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Stroud Badgers Produce another Fine Display of Hockey

03 December 2012 at 09:37

Stroud Badgers U16s travelled to a chilly Lydney on Saturday morning and produced a tremendous display of controlled passing hockey.  Everybody played their part and they scored 8 goals in a dominant performance.  Seb Wathen managed to score 3 goals, with 2 from captain Hamish Norman, 2 from Danny Sopp and one from Alex Richards.  The real winner was the game of hockey, however, as Stroud in particular showed how well they can perform as a team.  Without any substitutes, they soon found their form, using the whole width of the pitch and involving the entire team.  Credit should also go to the young Lydney side who, despite not getting on the scoresheet, battled hard to the end and showed great promise for the future.

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Depleted M2 Earn a Draw

03 December 2012 at 09:34

Stroud Men’s 2nd XI, sponsored by Ecotricity, lined up in a somewhat depleted state on Saturday, their 1st XI suffering from injuries as well.  A youthful-looking Lansdown side made a spirited start and looked the more likely to score as the first half progressed.  Lo and behold, the home side took the lead despite some strong defensive work by Ian Gill, Ben Drury and Matt Watts.  With Craig Breddy forced to pull off several saves, it seemed as though the writing was on the wall for Stroud, particularly as they went further behind.  Sporting two 15 year-olds in Drury and Freer and one 14 year-old in Hamish Norman, it was down to stand-in captain Ben Orme to organise the offensive.  The youngsters worked hard and a positional change gave Craig Wathen, Tom Sharpe and Nick Hitchcroft more scope in midfield.  A slick passing move which began midway in Stroud’s half led to a fine cross from the left by Orme.  Freer was free on the far post to slide the ball in to make it 2-1 at the break.
The visitors sensed they could take away something from the game and piled on the pressure in the second half.  Lansdown weathered the storm but could not penetrate the away side’s defensive blockade.  Fine work led to Stroud’s equaliser, Drury popping up at the right post to convert a chance.  A nervous 15 minutes ensued at the end of the game, Stroud looking as though they could snatch victory, but in an instant looking as though they could leave empty-handed.  Excellent work-rate and determination gave Stroud a point and, although this was a slight dent in their title hopes, a point was well-deserved given the depletion within the club this weekend.

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L2 Hold off Strong EG Side

03 December 2012 at 08:52

Stroud came up against tough opposition at Stratford Park on Saturday, but succeeded in retaining their place at the top of the division with a 1-1 draw.
Stroud got off to typically impressive start, finding space and passing well to dominate the game. The home side failed to capitalise on their strong attacks and when East Glos did manage to get the ball into Stroud's D, they scored, leaving the home side a goal down at half time.  This gave East Glos the psychological advantage and Stroud’s game lost its dominance.
In the second half Stroud came out determined not to succumb to defeat and regained their form. Good performances across the team, with particular strength in the half line, meant it wasn’t long before Nic Kelly-Davies found the goal with a great strike from the top of the D, latching onto a Jade Rigglesford pass. At 1-1, battle ensued. Strong defending from both teams meant no further goals.
A draw was good enough to ensure Stroud Ladies' 2nd XI retain their place at the top of the division as we go into the Christmas break.

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M1 Defeat League Leaders

02 December 2012 at 21:10

Stroud, sponsored by Ecotricity, produced a valiant and disciplined display away to top-of-the-table Cardiff and UWIC B.  With 7 players out and travelling down with a bare 11, Stroud had to dig deep from the first minute as a skillful, well-drilled Cardiff team moved the ball swiftly, dominating the early possession. Stroud began to establish a foothold in the game, defending their D and then hitting the opponents on the break with some good work from Rohan Sopp and Matt Pearce.  Steve Shipp forced an excellent save after a quick turn and shot.  The half chances began to come for Stroud as Cardiff struggled to work a way through Stroud’s tight defence.  A direct run from Richard Fynn yielded the first short corner and as the ball was fired in on goal, Calum Norman was first to react to a rebound, only to see his flick strike an opponent on the line, leaving the umpire no option but to award a penalty flick. Richard Fynn slotted the penalty to give Stroud the lead and Stroud ended the half on top as Cardiff’s frustrations boiled over into some reckless challenges resulting in a 5 minute sin binning of one player.
The second half began with the students upping their game as Stroud struggled to get hold of the ball.  The equaliser came after a smart deflection from a powerful cross.  Instead of buckling under the increasing pressure, Stroud continued to defend resolutely and looked dangerous on the break.  An archetypal mazy run from Danny Clifford eliminated 3 defenders and his through-ballwas controlled by Steve Shipp, showing great determination to reach the ball first.  His pass found Matt Pearce who finished coolly past a diving defender.  With 20 minutes of the match left, Stroud were organised and disciplined as Andy Murray, Matt Waite and Rob Fynn marshalled the team, limiting Cardiff to speculative balls into the D.  Keeper Dave Cruickshank was assured throughout and he ensured Stroud left with all three points by making a strong block from a penalty corner strike in the last minute of the game.
Everyone deserves a mention for a superb display: Dave Cruickshank, Rob Fynn, Matt Waite, Danny Clifford, Rohan Sopp, Andy Murray, Matt Pearce, Calum Norman, Zac Lees, Steve Shipp, Rich Fynn.

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