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Stroud 2 dominate Gloucester 4, 5-1

22 October 2017 at 12:15

Stroud Ladies 2XI took advantage of Gloucester 4's decision to play with a kicking back instead of a goal keeper with Elaine Noone and Mopsey Voss each hitting the back of the net within the first five minutes. Gloucester 4's started to take advantage of an extra outfield player, making it hard for Georgia Ford, Sophie Wathen, Victoria Sharpe and Emma Boyd to penetrate up both the left and right wing while Noone and Voss dominated the centre midfield. Then Iona Strang arrived, positioned herself at the top of D and scored with her first touch of the game. Elaine Noone scored her second, early in the second half from open play. Gloucester then pushed back and managed to convert a short corner, despite a strong defence from Claire Crosthwaite, Marcella Whelan, Ellie Freer and GK Emma Crowe.This was quickly replied by Stroud 2's neat 1-2 between Voss and Strang at the top of D, as Voss converted yet another short corner to make the final score 5-1.

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L3 TOTALLY FOCUSED!

21 October 2017 at 15:04

As expected from this enthusiastic, determined, energetic team the players were focused on what needed to be done and fought hard to stop the relentless Newent attack.  Newent dropped into this league at the end of last season and the match was expected to be challenging.  Added pressure was brought to bear by having only 10 players for most of the game and at one time 9 players due to injury. The midfield had been tasked with controlling the centre of the pitch and Debbie Ratcliffe, Marie-Louise Finch, player of the match Kathy Williams and Pauline Edgington stuck fast to that role.  The additional Newent player meant that there was 'overload' in the Stroud defensive circle and credit must go to Di Furlong, Jules LeBihan and Pip Robb for their strong marking.  A special mention for Ella Bullock (GK) who saved shot after shot to keep the Newent score line in single figures!  Stroud's goal came in the first half with an excocet missile shot from Sam Norman which bounced off the keeper's pads and which was neatly struck into the back of the goal by Sarah Scott. Despite the scoreline Stroud played some strong hockey with good passing, excellent 'running into space' and some neat square balls.  A focused performance from an on the ball team!

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L1 TEAM WINS AGAIN!

15 October 2017 at 16:49

Stroud's first home game of the season saw them take on a strong Redland UWE team.  Stroud immediately put pressure on Redland UWE and were the first to win a short corner. Redland UWE did well to clear the ball and looked dangerous on the attack.  Tireless work from the whole of the Stroud team paid off meaning that Redland were unable to convert their breaks of play into goals. Stroud were first on the score sheet with some lovely play from the mids and forwards  with Clare Oliver scoring the goal. This was shortly followed by another goal this time from Lucy Moule. Redland UWE were not giving in though and their persistence in attack meant the score at half time was Stroud 2 Redland UWE 1.The second half saw Stroud demonstrate some great triangle work from the good structured play enabling Stroud to score their third goal from Clare Oliver.  Redland UWE also started the second half strongly and the ball was end to end. Redland managed to get another goal  narrowing the scoreline to 3-2. Stroud were not over yet and the defence did well at clearing any balls coming into the defending 25. This along with a good press from the Strouds mids and attacks meant the Stroud finished the game winning 4-2 with a final goal from Lucy Moule with a straight strike from a short corner. Player of the match went to Clare Oliver for her efforts throughout the whole game.

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L2 FORWARDS ON FIRE!

15 October 2017 at 10:03

Stroud ladies 2s travelled to Cheltenham early on Saturday.

As normal Stroud started slowly, and found ourselves 1-0 down. Stroud started to play the ball around and used the wide areas. With some strong running from Emma Boyd Stroud won their first short corner, and with persistence Stroud's Victoria Sharpe equalised. 

Stroud decided to toughen up in the second half and battled hard being rewarded with a second goal this time from Emma Boyd. Cheltenham came back with lots of pressure but Stroud's defence stayed strong . With some more great running from Emma Boyd Stroud won and converted a short corner, with Elaine Noone hitting the spot, to make the final score 3-1 to Stroud.

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M3 Rise from the Depths

08 October 2017 at 20:57

Stroud Men’s 3rd XI, sponsored by Connexus, produced a tremendous mixture of panache and bravado as they almost claimed an unlikely point after trailing 4:0 with 20 minutes to go.  Against one of the stronger sides in Marches Division 1, Stroud were always going to find life difficult.  The visitors’ athleticism and well-drilled formation was evident from the start, and they almost found the net with the first move of the game.  The Stroud forward line barely touched the ball for 10 minutes and, despite weathering a veritable storm, Stroud finally succumbed to the pressure.  Reuben Dodd in goal was understandably busy but made some fantastic saves, his confidence going up game by game.  Wotton’s exuberance got the better of them on several occasions and two goals were disallowed for fouls on the keeper. The home side’s work rate, however, was impeccable and Stroud created several opportunities to pull a goal back.  With Wotton still in the ascendance, half time could not come quick enough and Stroud went into the interval 3:0 down.

Determined to finish the match having competed to the best of their abilities, Stroud’s players buckled down and started to produce some more productive hockey.  They could not stop Wotton from extending their lead to 4:0 before they really came alive.  Perhaps it was the realisation that they had nothing to lose, other than the game, of course, but Stroud’s forwards, Tim Norman and Dom Creech, began to stretch Wotton’s defence with wider and more penetrating runs.  Bruce Rowland and Calum Norman took more control in centre midfield and this spurred on the gradually more invasive wide players, Louis Scott, Ollie Roberts and Dan Rose-Innes.  When Nigel Sherwood arrived at left mid, he found extra space, or so it appeared.  As Stroud began to wrestle the game from Wotton, so their opponents became somewhat rattled.  The first half was physical, but the second became more so, as a concoction of tiredness and semi-panic led to a couple of green cards and then a yellow for Stroud.  Not before Stroud’s persistence led to a penalty stroke, converted by acting captain Tim Norman.  Minutes later, Creech swept the ball home for Stroud’s second goal and now a rampant home side really did believe they could come back, seemingly from the dead. When Stroud were down to 10 men, Norman reverted to a roving role, but even with a man fewer, Stroud still managed to pass the ball – a significant point – even under pressure, passing works.  It was end-to-end stuff as Wotton struggled to regain a semblance of control.  To describe Stroud’s defence as resilient would be to do them a disservice.  Matt Watts, Nigel Williams, Harvey Freer, Huw Widgery and Bob Brewer worked like veritable Trojans to dissipate any potential threat.  Another barnstorming attack led to another penalty stroke for Stroud, this time converted by Creech.  None of the home side really knew how long was left, but the roar from substituted Brewer was almost as deafening as the thundering from Stroud’s feet as they relentlessly tried for an equaliser.

Epic is a good description.  Stroud’s relatively sedate warm-up games did not prepare themselves for the inevitable onslaught, but in true M3 fashion, the team rose to the occasion and did captain Bargh proud.  He was a spectator for the first half, but, sadly, he missed the superb turnaround in the second half.  Well done, lads – all for one, and one for all !

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Tough at the Top for Ladies 2's

08 October 2017 at 17:51

Stroud Ladies 2's faced their toughest opposition this season against top of the table Evesham and Badsey. Stroud's defence were surpirsed early by overloading of players by Evesham in the D and conceded two early goals. Goalkeeper Emma Crowe took charge and organised the defence and midfield to ensure no player was left unmarked. This opened up the opportunity for Emma Boyd to score Stroud's first goal from a great pass up the wing from Sophie Wathen. Then just before the half time whistle Evesham scored from a deflected short corner, score 1-3. Stroud regrouped and Sophie Wathen scored from Victoria Sharpe's short corner slip, 2-3 just after the half time whistle. Evesham then counter attacked to score their fourth and fifth which was answered by Georgia Ford's post deflection into the goal making the score 5-3. In the last ten minutes Stroud upped the pace even more with great passing and marking, and after many shots on goal, Emma Boyd scored her second of the match 5-4. Stroud kept the pressure going in the closing moments of the game but were unable to get the equaliser. This leaves Stroud still in second position in Severn 2 but with Evesham and Badsey a clear 3 points ahead. Star player: Emma Boyd

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STROUD SEE THE LIGHT AGAINST WICK!

07 October 2017 at 16:04

Stroud arrived in plenty of time for their game against Wick. Following a good warm up Stroud started the first half strongly. Wick were also quick off the mark with the ball ping-ponging from each end of the pitch. The Stroud defence absorbed the pressure very well and managed to quickly clear all balls that came into the D . This play from the defence allowed the mids and forwards to look dangerous on the break. Stroud were able to get the first short corner of the game which was converted in to a goal from a straight strike from Lucy Moule.

The second half started strong with Stroud upping the tempo of play and quickly scoring 2 goals. Emily Campbell getting a deflection on one and Cerys King with a penalty flick. Throughout the second half the defence communicated well between themselves to establish who would mark whom. This positivity of play and good structure allowed Stroud to finish the game winning 3-1. Player of the match went to Cerys King who played brilliantly throughout her first match for the first XI. 

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L3 MATCH TOP OF THE TABLE!

07 October 2017 at 15:07

Bretforton dropped down into this league this season and Stroud did incredibly well to hold them to 3 goals.  Not surprisingly the Stroud GK, Sara Price, was awarded player of the match for her electric saves throughout the game.  There was some lovely play up the wings and the blocking of Bretforton's hit outs was just as practised at training.  Defensive short corners were ably dealt with by Kathy Williams, Di Furlong, Jules LeBihan and Pauline Edgington:  for the first time this season Stroud did not have the opportunity to shoot at goal from an attacking short corner. Bretforton scored swiftly from the first whistle but tight marking from Frankie Hobbins and Marie Louise Finch meant that Bretforton found it difficult to find space to score again.  During the second half Stroud began to tire and Bretforton scored twice.  Marsi Whelan left her sick bed to doggedly support the team in mid-field and Sarah Scott, Leonie Colley and Hannah Scott were tireless in their pursuit of a goal.

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L2 CONTINUE WINNING FORM!

01 October 2017 at 17:10

Stroud Ladies 2s  started slowly absorbing pressure by Ross from the whistle. Stroud’s passing game lead to prolonged periods of attack, perseverance paying off with a goal from Tabitha Dickson.

Stroud continued to attack and were unlucky not to score again in the first half. 

The second half started with Amy Lloyd-Jones picking up a through ball and with super stick skills & vision set up Tabitha Dickson for Stroud’s second. Ross weren’t finished either sending a barrage of shots towards in-form GK Emma Crowe. Stroud finished the match with a wonderful individual run and goal from Jenny Howorth.

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M3 OFF TO A FLYING START

01 October 2017 at 14:50

Stroud (sponsored by Connexus) continued their unbeaten start to the season with a resolute 2-1 win over a determined Lansdown side. It was shock and awe in the first 10 minutes by Stroud as they played some exquisite hockey to go 1-0 up. Great interchange play by Alex Elder and Tim Norman allowed Nigel Sherwood a shot on goal that Dom Creech helped on in to the corner of the net. And for the rest of the first half Stroud piled on the pressure but could not put the game to bed despite Nigel Williams coming close with a well drilled shot from a short corner that the goalkeeper kicked away and the rebound being cleared off the line by a Lansdown defender. As the 2nd half started Lansdown pressed and levelled the score with a fine move which punished Stroud for not taking their chances. Again,  Stroud piled the pressure on and Chris Bargh came close with a sweet short corner strike well saved by the goalie and Tim Norman being denied with a vollied goal line clearance. Ollie Roberts toiled and tried to turn the skill on by turning the keeper but he was denied, with only minutes left though he managed to lift the ball over the keeper from an acute angle to score the winner and send the team joint 2nd with Stroud 2XI after one game with Newent the only other side to register a win in the league. 

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