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Stroud get one over Wotton under Edge

Stroud M3 sponsored by Ecotricity turned out at home to face local rivals Wotton, looking for a good result after they were beaten 5.0 on a wet and windy day in November last year.
With injured captain Ben Evans watching from the sideline, a recovering Rob Fynn padded up to support Bob Brewer, Jed Stenning, Chris Haywood and Harvey Freer across the back.
Joe Freer and Alex Elder commanded the middle of the pitch with John Osbourne and Ben Drury on the wings. Chris Bargh and Matt Watts took the forward roles.
Stroud started strongly, but couldn't quite settle a period of frantic play saw possesion change quickly as both teams battled hard to get the initial advantage.
As Stroud warmed up they began to look slightly more in control of the game having the lions share of possesion in the middle of the pitch and keeping hold of the ball.
Some good attacking play and the failure of the opposition to clear the ball out of danger allowed Chris Bargh to score a with a clinical finish from a lifted cross.
Right from the restart Stroud pushed again, tight marking and filling the spaces in the middle of the pitch forced Wotton to play most of the game in their own half.
Stroud had to defend a couple of occassions, a quick strike during a Wotton attack found the backboard but had been struck outside of the D so wasn't given.
A triple save from Rob Fynn in goal kept Strouds slender lead alive and they realised the slim lead they had was not enough to control the game.
Hard work from Joe Freer in the middle of the pitch gave the attacking players a pivot to work around, on the next attack a though ball into space by Chris Bargh was taken at full stretch by Matt Watts, steered around the last defender and slotted home under a charging keeper.
2.0 was the halftime score and Stroud had a lot of postives to build on. Good work rate from the defenders intercepting passes and several chances on short corners had forced saves from the opposition keeper.
Stroud put the pressure back on in the second half and lots of movement on and off the ball meant they had players in the right part of the pitch at the right time.
Stroud struck again when a clinical strike from Chris Bargh megged the keeper giving them a useful lead.
Wotton still looked dangerous when they had possession of the ball and worked a goal from a period of open play. Stroud continued to play well and the young players worked hard to keep the balance of play in Stroud favour.
The match finished 3.1, a much happier result than first half of the season.
Stroud looked very composed when they had time on the ball and worked for each other to make the easy passes. MOTM Ben Drury had a good game on the left wing supporting the defence and the forwards with some useful baseline runs.
With 4 matches to play Stroud can enjoy the tail end of the season and continue to play the good hockey they have proved they can.

Stroud get one over Wotton Under

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