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M3 Alive with Five

After a fine result last week and great availability for this match, Stroud, sponsored by Ecotricity, took a fairly young side over to face Winchcombe.
Stroud had the lion's share of ball in the first half, moving the ball well and winning the 50/50 chances and interceptions in the middle of the pitch. Keeping the pressure on led to a couple of well-worked goals with the ball being moved wide and brought into the D along the base line and cut back for deflections and tap ins at the far post - almost as if it had been a training exercise. Although sometimes struggling to find passes and make the best use of the spaces available on the wings of the pitch at times, Stroud kept the pressure on and despite conceding to a breakaway, they scored more goals before the break to lead 4-1. At half time, Stroud tried to gather themselves and focus on how they wanted to play in the second half.
The home side started the second half strongly and Stroud conceded two goals in a short space of time, an unfortunate deflection from a runner on a short corner (great finish though) and getting caught with too many men going forward put Stroud under a great deal of pressure and the enjoyment of the first half was starting to wear thin.
Stroud settled down and began to play like they had in the first half - not pretty at times, but effective enough to secure a 5th goal and leave a valuable two goal cushion for the final part of the game.
Stroud need to focus on dead-ball plays, defend from the front and look for the space in the opposition's half. When the opposition's 16s were ringed, and on our 16s when the ball was moved wide out of defence and up the wing and injected from the baseline to be deflected at the near post, Stroud looked like a strong side. When they got caught out of position when defending in the middle of the pitch or took the ball into contact in the final third of the pitch they looked like a different side. Taking the positives from the last two games into next weekend, they look for three wins in a row when the face Cheltenham D at home.
Comment from the captain: Not the tidiest performance we've put in and it got a bit close for comfort near the end until we got the 5th goal but ... a Win is a Win!
At least there was a good deal of spirit and effort and great availability.

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