Orme, Sharpe strike to leave Lansdown hopes floundering
BEN Orme and Tom Sharpe scored two goals apiece to beat Lansdown B in the first of two matches in the space of two days.
Despite taking an early lead through an Orme short-corner strike, Stroud allowed Lansdown back into the game against the run of play and make it 1-1.
Before half-time Stroud's pressure paid off as they went ahead once more through Sharpe.
A few moments of worry in the second half were enough to keep the home side's defence occupied, but Stroud were the better side.
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Although their passing play has been better plenty of movement ensured they had control of the match.
Another short-corner strike from Orme and an open-play goal from Sharpe meant Stroud took the three points.
â Rob Gleed and Tim Norman struck the goals to earn Stroud a point in a 2-2 draw against high-flying Hereford A.
Hereford are the best side Stroud have played this season and the contest was worthy of its top-of-the-table clash billing.
Some sensible midfield play and possession-keeping involving Nick Hitchcroft, Andy Murray and Steve Shipp gave Stroud a slight edge.
Craig Breddy was forced to make many telling saves, his performance deservedly rewarded with the man-of-the-match reward.
Captain Gleed felt Hereford's opening goal was against the run of play, but Stroud continued to work hard with Tom Sharpe, Dom Creech and Norman sharing duties at the front and equalised through Gleed.
In the ascendancy, Stroud piled on the pressure with Tom Freer making several incisive runs.
A side-line ball from Hitchcroft was well-supported and some interplay in the midfield gave Sharpe an opportunity down the left and his cross was met by Norman to put the home side ahead.
With minutes remaining the visitors were awarded a short corner from which they equalised, setting up a nail-biting finale, but the points were shared.
â Sandra Glass netted a hat-trick of goals and was named player of the match in a 10-0 away win for Stroud Ladies seconds over Newent Ladies thirds.
The other goals were scored by Nic Kelly-Davies (3), Kathy Williams, Claire Crosthwaite, Sian Freer and Victoria Sharpe.