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Promising Start Continues

Coming off the back of an impressive first game of the season (6:1 victory at local rivals Lansdown) Stroud were slow to get up to speed, gifting the home team an opening goal within the opening 5 minutes.
After some consolidation, Stroud got themselves into the game and converted their possession into shots on goal, forcing an equaliser from a deflected own goal.  5 minutes later, Dan Clifford scored with a close range volley, leaving the visitors with a comfortable 2-1 lead at the half time interval.
In the second half, Stroud stamped their authority with short, quick, cutting passes by Brad Mears, Matt Williams and Rich Fynn in central midfield, leading to many attacking opportunities for a very hard working forward line.  The dominance in possession was upgraded to short corners and a well-deserved strike by Rich Fynn rocketed past the Witney goalkeeper to take Stroud 3-1 up.
As Witney threw men forward in the latter stages of the match, a brilliant reaction stop from Kevin Sinden did nothing more than frustrate the home team.  Calum Norman look very comfortable and competent on his debut at left back, his work leading to many counter attacks from which the final goal came.  Dom Ellis looked to have wasted a good opportunity, but regained his composure to strike the fourth goal firmly past the Witney keeper from the by line.
Another brilliant result for Stroud as they build towards the start of the new League season. Next week’s game is another friendly at Stratford Park, starting at 14:00 against Swindon.

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