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25 March 2012 at 11:35

The score of the match did not reflect the relative possession of the ball by each team:  Stroud played some good, controlled hockey and strikes on goal from Sandra Glass, Carrie Sanders, Nic Kelly-Davies and Andrea Preston were all just wide of the mark.  Much of the Bourton attack was from the team’s left wing and time and time again Katherine Stevens was required to intervene with a strong tackle.  The defence fought hard to maintain its clean sheet and was unlucky to concede a goal scored from a short corner.  Midfielders Victoria Sharpe and Pauline Edgington (player of the match) remained calm despite some unusual tackling by their opponents and the Stroud team was disappointed not to at least draw the match. 

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Cracking Win by the Badgers

19 March 2012 at 09:44

Stroud Men’s U16 Badgers, resplendent in their Ecotricity-sponsored shirts, came from behind on Saturday to conjure a win in the glorious pre-Spring sunshine.  Whatever they had for breakfast was not conducive to playing hockey, however, as they were slow out of the blocks.  Their relaxed attitude clearly masked their true feelings on the matter, however, plus a concerted effort from Alex Richards, Jed Stenning and Joe Freer thwarted an urgent-looking Wotton forward line.  The wake-up call really hit home as keeper Bryn Nicol was beaten.  A couple of substitutions ensued, Jack Thompson and Andrew Reader coming on up front to inject fresh legs.  Clearly the shuffling of players began to work.  Tom Freer and Hamish Norman looked stronger at centre midfield.  Their confident play showed Stroud’s burgeoning passing ability.  In truth, Stroud began to move the ball around with more confidence, encouraged by their adult mentor, Craig Wathen.  Seb Wathen relished his chances to run and some neat moves on both flanks, involving Ed Paddock on the left and Gab Robinson on the right, put the home side firmly on the back foot.  Ed Goulding’s strength and vision offered good support to Norman and Tom Freer.  Wotton were far from beaten, though.  Richards’ pace was called upon several times as Wotton kept two players very high, threatening Stroud on the break.  Joe Freer had an excellent game, showing good control at the back and working hard throughout.  Zac Knight, whose small stature belies his power, came into midfield keen to make an instant impression.  Thompson and Reader worked well together and the latter cracked the ball home for a deserved equaliser.  Stroud smelt more goals and earned a short corner.  Norman’s accurately slapped feed was smashed into the goal by Richards.  The turnaround gave the visitors a 2-1 half time lead.

Encouraged by their lead and buoyed by positive talk at the break, Stroud emerged raring to go again.  Paddock was switched from left to right, initially feeling apprehensive.  He excelled himself, keeping much-needed width to Stroud’s game.  Wotton still threatened, however, scoring an equaliser as they began to work some magic of their own.  The visitors were still prepared to pass much more than in previous weeks, surpassing even last week’s marvellous victory over Gloucester.  Their confidence showed in all areas of the pitch before Thompson cracked the ball home to take the lead once more.  Several saves from Nicol kept Wotton at bay and it really felt as though the next goal would be decisive.  After a brief interlude at centre mid, Paddock was united with Robinson on the left flank and they worked nicely with Norman and Tom Freer to make inroads.  Sustained pressure was soaked up by Knight, now on at right back and Stroud’s own attacking made for end-to-end action.  Some neat passing gave Stroud a few more chances before a clearance from the Wotton keeper went directly to Reader who wasted no time pushing the ball home.  That was that, despite a potentially nervous last 3 minutes.

This was a cracking performance from Stroud – a thoroughly deserved win enjoyed by everyone – the after-match doughnuts tasted ever-so much sweeter !

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18 March 2012 at 10:55

The Stroud side was beaten by the speed of the opposition, any loose balls, missed passes or inaccurate pushes by either side, were swept up by the fleet-footed EG team.  The Stroud side was put under sustained pressure for most of the match and as the conditions deteriorated (hailstorm for just under an hour), so players began to make mistakes as their fingers were unable to gain a tight grip on the stick handles and their visibility was impaired.  Stroud worked hard throughout the game and the scoreline is not a reflection on their effort.  They did attack strongly on several occasions and were rewarded with several short corners, but it was a movement from open play in the dying moments that saw Di Furlong fire a shot across EG’s bows for Carrie Sanders to deflect deftly into the net, for a deserved consolation to go some way to warming up shivering bodies.

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Ladies Win the Division with 3 Games to Spare

11 March 2012 at 19:30

Ladies 1st team stay top of league

Stroud Ladies’ 1st XI, sponsored by Ecotricity, have won their Division with 3 games to spare, having dispatched Thornbury with a workmanlike, rather than electrifying, display.  This being Aleasha Holder's second week as Captain, Stroud were hoping to give her a further boost.  In unusually warm conditions, the home side took 20 minutes to get into gear.  In spite of this, they managed to keep a spritely Thornbury side at bay, even though the visitors had several breaks into Stroud’s D.

Some great work by the defence and midfielders meant Stroud were able to keep the ball out of their net.  As Stroud began to gain momentum, they won some short corners.  The overdue first goal was scored by Claire Crosthwaite, following a lovely Lucy Bishop pass from the top of the D.

Crosthwaite nabbed a second goal moments later to give Stroud assurance the win was within their grasp.  Debbie Ratcliffe scored a well-taken 3rd goal to give the home side a 3-0 advantage at the break.

Crosthwaite hammered the ball home for her hat trick and, now a comfortable 4-0 to the good, Stroud began to pass the ball around. They pressed strongly up front and created some neat passing triangles, allowing flow and continuity.  Stroud’s midfield worked tirelessly throughout the game, keeping to a tight formation. The defence held firm against several threatening Thornbury attacks, thus preventing any goals against.

A beautiful passing move in the last minute of the game finished when Elaine Noone sent a lovely pass across the D for Angharad Roberts to slap the ball neatly into the goal, having drawn the goalkeeper - the last touch of the game.

Watched by injured captain, Karen Willsher, this was another comprehensive victory for Stroud, handing them the Division title with 3 games to spare – a superb achievement, indeed.

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11 March 2012 at 11:24

A mix up with umpires led to a delay, a curtailed match, a goal less draw and a single league point.  Stroud had been optimistic about winning this match against Colwall but the travelling and long delay before the match started had depleted the team's energy levels.  As Stroud re-energised so it took command of the match and played some excellent, fast, flowing hockey.  The passing this week was particularly good with balls moved around in straight, square and backwards formations and retaining possession of the ball undoubtedly led to the team's command on the match.  Player of the match Candice Johnson in left mid-field for the first time made some important tackles and some good passes through to Sandra Glass and Andrea Preston.  Stroud's 3 short corners were not converted with Pauline Edgington hitting the post for a fourth time (3 times whilst warming up) and the team was denied what-would have-been a well deserved goal.  The Stroud defence was delighted to keep a clean sheet for a second week.

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04 March 2012 at 09:08

Cirencester are clear leaders in Severn Division 3.  Despite the score line Stroud had some fine attacking play and the team’s formation on the pitch and its close marking held firm:   Stroud was out run rather than out played.  The sustained pressure on the Stroud defence inevitably led to Cirencester scoring despite determined efforts of the Stroud players.  Player of the match – defender, Di Furlong.  

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