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WSWHL The Marches 1 League (sponsored by Go Cre8 Hockey Camps)

 Brian storm might have been raging strong but Stroud 3XI (sponsored by Connexus) travelled with hopes held high, despite only mustering 9 men. These were quickly dashed in the first 10 minutes when Hereford put 3 past Stroud, however Stroud did manage to pull one back when some slick passing and moving allowed Alex Elder to slam home past the Hereford kicking back. Stroud managed to batten down the hatches and some resolute defending by Chris Bargh and Harvey Freer, and great goal keeping by Reuben Dodd, enabled Stroud to go in at the break with some confidence in knowing that it could be closer than the score line suggested. After a whirlwind first 10 minutes of the second half, Hereford grabbed an early settler but undeterred Stroud managed to grab one back through Dom Creech who poked home a reverse stick sweep into an empty net. Hereford capitalised from a “unique” and controversial short corner routine but Stroud bounced right back, this time, captain Chris Bargh hustled the ball just outside of his own D and went on a rampaging run, giving a 1-2 with Danny Rose-Innes before shuffling the ball to Dom Creech who squared for Tim Norman to reverse sweep through a crowded goal mouth into the back board. Hereford’s final goal should not have stood as the umpire missed a blatant stick tackle in the build-up allowing them to dribble the ball over the line.  At the final whistle the comradery shown by Stroud was commendable in the face of such adversary and next week they play at home (Stratford Park) to Cirencester A in the hope they can grab points that they fully deserve.

 Currently Stroud 3XI sit 5th in the league with 2 wins, 0 draws, 2 loses, 0 goal difference and 6 points, which, after being promoted, is a great testament to the skill, team work and passion shown by all involved.

 MOTM: Reuben Dodd

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