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M2 Rewarded in Tough League Start

Stroud M2, sponsored again by Ecotricity, started their League campaign away at Cirencester A on Saturday. Always a tricky proposition, the home side were true to form, taking a very early lead. Stroud were not perturbed, however, and began to settle as the half progressed. Calum Norman and Steve Shipp worked tirelessly in the midfield and there were good signs for games to come. The forwards pushed and their hard work was soon rewarded, Andy Hines equalising with a trademark sweep from a penalty corner. Stroud then broke again, Shipp's run and pass finding Calum Norman. He coolly drew the keeper, pulled the ball left and gently guided the ball reverse stick into the open goal. Craig Breddy was kept busy in the Stroud goal and was aided in many occasions by Ian Gill, Rob Fynn, captain Rob Gleed and Ben Drury at the back. Cirencester's persistence paid off as they scored an equaliser, but Stroud were not in the mood to give up points and went ahead through a nice strike from Tom Sharpe. Several other opportunities went begging and the visitors' one goal advantage began to look rather precarious. It was enough, however, and a hard-fought 3:2 win was fully justified. Calum Norman's excellent work ethic and fine midfield work earned him the man-of-the-match award.

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