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L3: 50/50 BALL POSSESSION RESULTS IN A DRAW!

10 February 2018 at 15:39

With the ball moving rapidly from end to end it was no surprise that the game resulted in a draw!  With both keepers being called into action on a number of occasions and each team being awarded several short corners there was little to choose between the squads.  Stroud opened the scoring with a lovely move up the pitch between Kanyana Mutalindwa and Leonie Colley finally ending on the stick of Leonie who powered the ball into the goal.  The Cirencester goal was a well taken strike in the second half.  Player of the match = Kanyana.

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L2: A Sharpe Deflection and a Penalty King!

03 February 2018 at 21:12

In an end to end game against Shipton Oliffe, Stroud 2 opened the scoring with Victoria Sharpe deflecting Emily Jones' strike at the right hand post around the Shipton keeper. Shipton responded and scored one back. Stroud continued to play their passing game moving the ball from back to front through Cordy King, Kanyana Mutalindwa and Ellie Freer on the left and Lydia Wakefield, Sophie Wathen and Emily Jones on the right. Just before half time, a scuffle between Amy Lloyd-Jones, Mopsey Voss and the Shipton defence, resulted in Stroud being awarded a penalty, calmly converted by Bev King. Both teams battled hard in the second half, Shipton equalising from a short corner. Stroud's Lizzie Woods and Lloyd-Jones making great runs into the D and GK Emma Crowe saving a host of deflected strikes but the score remained 2-2. Star player: Amy Lloyd-Jones

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L3 - DOUBLES ITS WINNINGS!

03 February 2018 at 14:08

Stroud ladies' 3rd team continued its winning ways by beating Painswick through its dominance of the middle of the pitch. The team retained its top notch passing, its marking and possession of the ball to give it dominance throughout the match.  Stroud's keeper, Sara Price was called into action only once and Sophie Payne as sweeper was called upon just a handful of occasions.  The role of centre back too was a quiet one for Pauline Edgington. This was a day for the forwards and mid-field to excel with Hannah Scott, Ann Narbour, Tabitha Dickson and Alice Taylor firing the ball around amongst themselves.  Goals came from a short corner 'crack' on goal by Hannah Scott and the second from a long corner 'slap' on the top of the D by Ann Narbour.  The right wing runs from Marie-Louise Finch were rapid and essential as was defending from Frankie Hobbins, Megan Cooper, Marsi Whelan, Sam Summers and Kathy Williams.  Player of the match Ann Narbour.

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L1 - Draw Against Wick

01 February 2018 at 08:25

Stroud 1 Wick 1
This weeks game was against Wick. Stroud were slow to start and struggled to break through a solid Wick side. Throughout the first half, play was even and both sides has opportunists to score. Both teams did well to defend and allow neither side to find the back board. Stroud then started to gel together and link together their passes. This won Stroud a short corner which Lucy Moule converted into a goal. Wick reacted quickly and almost immediately equalised. This meant the score at half time was 1 all.
Following half time Stroud’s the aim was clear- tightened up the marking, win any 50/50 balls and score! Despite Stroud improving greatly in the second half, Unfortunately, the home pitch advantage didn’t go in Stroud’s favour  as Wick absorbed any pressure that came their way and cleared the ball without sweat. The final score ended 1-1. Player of the match went to Aleasha Holder who had another solid performance as GK. 

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L2: Ellie and Emily - 2 goals each!

28 January 2018 at 22:00

Ellie Freer scored twice in the first half, each time slipping the ball past the keeper on the left hand post ably assisted by Kanyana Mutalindwa's nifty dribbling into the D. Cirencester got one back at the start on the second half. Stroud 2 reacted, mounting attack after attack, wearing down the Cirencester defence, Emily Jones scoring a third from a deflection off the Cirencester keeper's pads. Stroud 2's final and fourth goal, also from Emily, came from well worked passing between Amy Lloyd-Jones and Victoria Sharpe.

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L3 - PACKING THE MID-FIELD WORKED!

27 January 2018 at 16:02

The 'magnificent 9' drove into Evesham with all guns blazing, to face the top of the league.  Pre-match strategy discussions resulted in GK Sara Price being allocated the role of both sweeper and GK.  4 mid-fielders were put in place to oscillate backwards and forwards to support the defence and attack as required;  each player watching their team mates to ensure that there was cover at the front and at the back.  The team's single forward, Anne Narbour, was to pull the Bretforton defence with her sprints up the pitch, allowing space for mid-fielders Hannah Scott, Marie-Louise Finch, Sarah Scott and Marsi Whelan to surge forward and pressure the Bretforton defence. The pressure exerted on the Bretforton defence was impressive.  The Breforton GK was a county GK for a number of years so the team had its work cut out to pass her.  Stroud were awarded several short corners and a penalty flick.  The defenders, Sophie Payne, Kathy Williams and Pauline Edgington worked tirelessly to prevent the Bretforton attack from getting through and in her new 'sweeper' role GK was called upon throughout the match to stop Bretforton from scoring.  Bretforton scored once in the first half and twice in the second half as their greater numbers began to tell.  This was the perfect strategy to hold the top of the league!  A great performance from the L3 whose stopping skills are exceptional and whose ability to keep control of the ball is one of its greatest strengths, particularly when outnumbered.  The 'magnificent 9' hope to gather a few more players for next week's home match! 

 

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L2 defeat the odds and draw 1-1

21 January 2018 at 21:53

Despite being unable to field a full team, Stroud Ladies 2's maintained their position as 2nd in Severn 2 drawing to Colwall&Malvern. Stroud played its game -accurate passing, moving into space and great marking from the start. Colwall, only once used their extra man to their advantge wscoring just before half time from a set piece pass from just outside the 23m line.

The second half saw Stroud convert an early short corner with Mopsy Voss' perfectly aimed equaliser from the top of the D. For the remainder of the game, Stroud's defence - Bev King, Cordy King, Lydia Wakefield and GK Emma Crowe continued to frustrate Colwall, Bev making a crucial save off the line in the closing minutes, keeping the scorre 1-1.

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L2 defeat the odds and draw 1-1

21 January 2018 at 21:53

Despite being unable to field a full team, Stroud Ladies 2's maintained their position as 2nd in Severn 2 drawing to Colwall&Malvern. Stroud played its game -accurate passing, moving into space and great marking from the start. Colwall, only once used their extra man to their advantge wscoring just before half time from a set piece pass from just outside the 23m line.

The second half saw Stroud convert an early short corner with Mopsy Voss' perfectly aimed equaliser from the top of the D. For the remainder of the game, Stroud's defence - Bev King, Cordy King, Lydia Wakefield and GK Emma Crowe continued to frustrate Colwall, Bev making a crucial save off the line in the closing minutes, keeping the scorre 1-1.

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L1 - WIN FOR STROUD IN THE REMATCH!

21 January 2018 at 14:08

Stroud hosted Lydney in the 2nd league game back after Christmas. Stroud knew it was going to be a tough game following on from a previous 5-1 defeat. As soon as the game began Stroud maintained their composure and played their own game.  Lydney also started well demonstrating some lovely passages of play with great triangles; possession was 50/50. Stroud decided to 3/4 press the opposition which worked brilliantly with Lydney struggling to get the ball through and break it down. This resulted in Stroud finding the back board via Cerys King following a long corner. At half time the score was 1-0 to Stroud.

Following the break Lydney didn’t miss any chances and were quick to equalise. Stroud then tightened their marking and upped the intensity.  This worked well for Stroud who managed to get another 2 goals in the second half. One from Amy Lloyd-Jones with a fabulous deflection and the other from Lucy Moule. The final score was Stroud 3 Lydney 1. Player of the match went to Cerys King who held the middle of the pitch excellently. 

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L3 - PLAYING AS A UNIT = 3 POINTS!

20 January 2018 at 17:56

This match was Stroud 3rd team at its best with swift ball movement, accurate passing and a determination to retain possession.  With 9 players at the whistle the team knew that it had to prevent the Colwall forwards from rushing the Stroud defensive goal and the strong passing, calling and interceptions made that a reality.  One of many athletic runs up the right of the pitch enabled Marie Louise Finch to push the ball past the Colwall keeper during the first half.

The team continued to put into action all the moves it had practised at training – passing wide, passing back and posting-up:  despite being short on players the team looked invincible.  Wonderful attack by Sarah Scott and Anne Narbour meant that Stroud looked dangerous time after time.  Megan Cooper, Marie Louise Finch and Marsi Whelan were rock solid in the middle of the pitch and it was their command of mid-field gave Stroud the edge.  Alice Taylor, normally a forward, was a natural at right back and she was ably supported by talented sweeper Sophie Payne.  Pauline Edgington at centre back was pleased to have Kathy Williams alongside her to keep the Colwall wing under lock-down.  GK Ella Bullock again stepped in at just the right moment to save a certain goal in the second half and ensure that the Stroud team gained 3 points.  A fabulous birthday present for the captain!

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