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Depleted M2 Earn a Draw

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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