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Ladies Win the Division with 3 Games to Spare

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.

This entry was posted on 11 March 2012 at 19:30 and is filed under Ladies 1XI | Match Reports. You can leave a response here.

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