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Stroud M1s overcome Cleevillians

Stroud Mens 1st XI battled to a vital home win on saturday against a strong Cleevillians team.
Stroud began the game well with some early possession, looking solid defensively and dangerous in attack. Danny Clifford offered a great outlet down the right as Stroud had the better of the opening exchanges, creating several half chances for Alex Waring and Zac Lees. The first goal came after a period of pressure from Stroud, but it was the Cleevillians keeper who applied the finish, not the Stroud forwards, after his mis-kicked clearance deflected Richard Fynn’s cross into the goal.
Cleevillians responded well - but for strong defending from Matt Waite and Rob Dove, they may have got an equaliser. With half time in sight, the visitors won a short corner and reacted well as it broke down to find a free man in the D.  He finished sharply at the near post.
With constructive words from captain Waring ringing in their ears, Stroud started the second half where they began the first ; working hard and moving the ball well. With the game in the balance, Calum Norman and Rich Fynn both came close, whilst Dave Cruickshank was forced to make a couple of fine saves to keep the scores level. With a quarter of the game remaining, the visitors lost their heads and saw 4 players sin-binned for bad tackles and chat back to the umpire, in quick succession. Stroud took advantage of their numerical superiority.  A fine pass from Fin Dixon found Calum Norman in the D.  Norman finished with aplomb on his reverse stick to score his first league goal of the season and what turned out to be the winner for Stroud.
Cleevillians threw everything at Stroud as their sin-binned players returned but it was not to be their day.  Stroud stood firm, surviving a few last minute scares, to hold out for a hard fought victory.

This entry was posted on 13 January 2013 at 18:34 and is filed under Mens 1XI | Match Reports. You can leave a response here.

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