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Stroud B, sponsored by Ecotricity traveled to the new pitch at KLB to face a Wotton side who had had a slow start in the league but were keen to get some points.
The game got off to a good start with two fairly young sides playing some good hockey, Wotton looked slightly stronger but some keen defending and goal keeping on short corners kept the scores level until a break allowed the home side to score the first goal. The match then followed the same course as the weather and dispite Stroud's best efforts up front they were repeatedly denied and strong counter attacks by Wotton put them comfortably ahead at the break.
Debuts from Jed Stenning and Danny Sopp gave Stroud plenty of enthusiasm going forward, building on solid games from Ed Paddock, Alex Elder, John Osborn and Nigel Slater in the midfield. Several good attacks from Dom Creech, Hamish Norman, Ben Evans and Chris Bargh were unlucky not to find the net. Solid keeping from Bryn Nicol between the posts, and hardworking defending from a recovered Harvey Freer, Chris Haywood and Matt Watts tried to keep the match on an even keel but when Wotton attacked in numbers, or broke a Stroud attack they were quickly overwhelmed. After some clinical finishing at the wrong end of the pitch and a refreshing hail shower the match ended 5-0 to the home side.
Although the result somewhat flattered the opposition, Stroud played well with a less experienced team and played some good team hockey. Building on this match, Stroud can take the positive performances of the younger players with the experience of the older players to grow the side into a potent force. Sitting mid table with some tough games ahead, Stroud need to keep playing and enjoying the game, clearer skys are on the horizon.

Captains Comment: Unflattering score as they had a couple of awesome strikes. Danny Sopp and Jed Stenning had excellent debut games. Well done all but especially these two.

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