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3s create 3 in keeperless clean sheet

After a good performance two weeks ago and a disappointing game last week, Stroud M3, sponsored by Ecotricity, took white shirts and no keeper to Monmouth to face the bottom of the League side. Stroud started well and took command of the midfield, moving the ball around calmly. With Ross defending the D with a lot of players Stroud had a few chances to take the lead but had little time and space to convert them.
The first half finished 0-0 with Stroud playing well but aware of how vulnerable they might be to an attacking break without a keeper. Starting the second half, Stroud continued to control the middle of the pitch and Chris Bargh was able to score a much needed goal. Ross continued to attack and forced Stroud to defend several short corner, a block by the runner Matt Watts and a ball saved on the line from Bob Brewer kept Stroud ahead. The continued pressure at the other end of the pitch gave way when a great team transfer moved the ball wide from the back, up to hard working Nigel Sherwood on the left and into the D where a looping ball from a deflected Alex Elder shot dropped under the bar and over the keeper's shoulder to strengthen Stroud’s position.
Great work from MOTM Jed Stening,  covering the centre back position and moving up into the middle of the pitch as Stroud pushed forwards, making several key challenges when needed to and moving the ball well. A possible goal of the season contender and second goal for Chris Bargh left Stroud winning the match 3-0 with only the second clean sheet of the season.This was a great team performance and continuing good individual performances from all members of the team.
Next week they face Winchcombe at home, a fairly even looking match up with Stroud looking to win a clean sweep after an away win in the first part of the season. They need to build on the good performances from the last few games, keep up their work rate, ball pace and shape. If they can continue to defend the oppositions 16s from the front, and give themselves more options from their own 16s they will make things life easier by keeping hold of the ball and being able to build more of the great team goals which have helped them win matches. If the results go their way against the teams around them, Stroud could be pushing for a third place finish in the division but would be more than happy in the top half.

This entry was posted on 01 February 2014 at 21:05 and is filed under Mens 3XI | Match Reports. You can leave a response here.

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