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M2 Go Top of the Table

26 November 2012 at 09:53

Stroud Men’s 2nd XI, sponsored by Ecotricity, won a hotly-contested match on Saturday to put them on top of The Marches Division 1.  Both sides started competitively, but once Stroud got themselves in the groove, they looked the more dominant team.  A couple of penalty corners nearly gave the home side the lead before Tom Sharpe popped up at the far post to convert a cross for 1:0.  Newent fought back to level the score but Stroud went ahead once more as a powerful strike into the D was deflected into the net by a defender.  Ben Orme made it 3:1 with another fine effort to leave Stroud looking more comfortable.  Not that they had everything their own way, but comprehensive defensive work by Ian Gill and some fine stops by Craig Breddy in goal kept the visitors at stick’s length.  The next goal was key and, fortunately, Stroud got it, Sharpe getting his second of the game.  After a consolation goal from Newent, captain Rob Gleed then deflected the ball sweetly to give the home side a superb 5:2 win, putting them top of the table.

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Unfortunate loss for Stroud Ladies 1st team

25 November 2012 at 23:18

Stroud Ladies’ 1st XI, sponsored by Ecotricity, had a strong start, their defence showing promise. Unfortunately, Wotton eventually opened the scoring.  Stroud refused to give up, though.  Two more goals from Wotton painted a bleak picture, but there was also some lovely work from the defence, including great blocks from Becky Stevens on the goal line. Goalkeeper, Aleasha Holder, also made some good saves to keep the score down.  Lucy Moir led the attack and wwas rewarded with a goal.  Several near misses, however, meant the score remained 3:1 against.  The midfield played some good hockey and the team made good use of available passes as well as putting in some very good defensive work.  The side continued to show signs of improvement and look forward to next week’s game.

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Pipped at the Post by Puffins

24 November 2012 at 18:08

Stroud Ladies’ 2nd XI, sponsored by Ecotricity, used this away game against Puffins to practice its short, sharp, accurate passing and to focus on square and 'back' balls.  Stroud found the undersized pitch was difficult to adjust to and their normal game was curtailed without the width or length to allow its normally fast, flowing game to be played.  The goals, however, were classic Stroud!  A fine run from Hannah Scott (sporting a new go-faster hair style) from the half-way line rewarded her with Stroud's first goal as she powered it into the net.  Stroud's second goal from a short corner was struck with just as much determination by Kathy Williams.  With next weekend's League match against EG it allowed the team to work on play in close groups and tight situations.

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Stroud Ladies 2nd XI keep another clean sheet

19 November 2012 at 12:44

Bourton 2nds have been hot on the heels of Stroud in the division table, making this an exciting and important encounter. Stroud expected a battle but looked confident and dominant throughout. They found space, moved the ball well and demonstrated the great team work which has earned them their place at the top of the division so far this season.
Claire Crosthwaite opened the scoring, finding the goal from open play. A second goal before half time was set up by Carrie Sanders and finished by a well positioned Candice Johnson. In the second half Stroud continued to dominate. This led to several short corners which, to Stroud’s frustration, Bourton defended well.  Eventually the pieces fell into place and Johnson scored again, connecting with a beautiful strike from Kathy Williams to make it 3-0.
On the few occasions the boisterous Bourton team did manage to break through Stroud’s very strong midfield, the defence once again performed very well, and Jordan Turnbull made some good, confident saves. An enjoyable match, helped by strong, fair umpiring.

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Another Superb Performance from the Badgers

19 November 2012 at 11:54

Stroud U16 Badgers secured victory on Saturday with goals from Jack Thompson and Seb Wathen.  The game produced some tremendous hockey from both teams.  Passing hockey, use of the space and good –natured competition … all the perfect elements.  Wonderful stuff.

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M2 Edge it in 13 Goal Thriller

19 November 2012 at 11:44

In an absolutely thrilling encounter, Stroud Men’s 2nd XI, sponsored by Ecotricity, narrowly came away with 3 points on Saturday.  The visitors were apprehensive as they began the match against a team relegated from the division above, knowing they were in for a battle.  Fielding two 15 year-olds and one 14 year-old, Stroud looked, on paper at least, understrength.  They need not have worried.  An end-to-end first few minutes set the scene, but Ian Gill, Ben Drury and Matt Watts looked up to the task in front of an initially nervous Craig Breddy in goal.  Tom Sharpe made the breakthrough within 10 minutes, although the lead could have gone either way.  Hamish Norman and Tom Freer shared duties in the outer reaches of midfield and belied their young ages.  Sharpe and Tim Norman then looked to work off each other, but Gloucester hit back with 2 goals in quick succession.  Ben Orme left the pitch for a short while with a cut, leaving both youngsters on the pitch for 10 minutes.  They were unfazed, but captain Rob Gleed began to look worried as the half time whistle brought a close first half to an end.

A resolute Stroud came out for the second half.  From the start a strong tackle–cum-pass from Tim Norman gave Andy Murray the ball in the centre of the pitch.  A short run and pass through to Orme gave him his second of the game and brought Stroud back on terms.  Another swift passing move saw Murray again crossing the ball from the right.  Sharpe was on hand at the left post to give the visitors the lead. No time to relax, though … Gloucester refused to keel over and put Stroud under some severe pressure.  All hands to the pump in defence, but the home side pulled a goal back from a short corner.  A dark few minutes ensued, Stroud conceding another couple of goals to go 5:3 behind.  Great work at the back and some fine stops by Breddy denied Gloucester any further goals.  Sharpe claimed another to put Stroud one behind, before smart work earned Stroud a short corner.  Gleed struck it sweetly to level the game at 5:5.  Gloucester struck back straight away, but Stroud were still not out of it yet and Orme’s quick reverse stick strike levelled it once more.  Great work throughout with youngsters Hamish Norman and Freer swapping on at left midfield and certainly not looking overawed, Stroud sensed victory and huge pressure earned them a penalty stroke which was duly converted by Sharpe.  Gloucester proceeded to equalise AGAIN, but another penalty stroke was awarded to Stroud as Gleed’s short corner strike hit a defender on the line.  Sharpe put Stroud 7:6 to the good with 2 minutes remaining.  Tim Norman earned another penalty corner and Gleed’s strike caught a slight deflection and narrowly missed the target in the dying moments of a tremendously exciting match.

As the score ebbed and flowed, the result could have gone either way, but a battling Stroud side were delighted to come away with 3 points, particularly with the side lacking their normal strength.  That aside, everybody played their part and should be proud of the result which keeps them one point from the top.
Breddy Drury and Gilly 17 Nov 2012

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Second Heaven for M2

12 November 2012 at 09:52

Stroud Men’s 2nd XI, sponsored by Ecotricity, travelled to the other side of the Severn on Saturday, hoping to continue their fine League run.  With the sun low in the sky, the visitors were out of the blocks quicker.  Barely 2 minutes were on the clock before Stroud’s sharp passing gave Nick Hitchcroft the opening goal – a welcome calming influence on 3rd-placed Stroud.  Another two minutes elapsed and a shell-shocked Lydney gave away a penalty corner as Stroud piled on the pressure.  Captain Rob Gleed stepped up to convert this with aplomb, putting them 2-0 to the good.  The perfect start for Stroud … until Lydney struck back as the visitors relaxed momentarily.  Less than 15 minutes had gone and Craig Wathen, whose lively start with Ben Orme up front had promised plenty, pulled up with a hamstring pull, to play no further part for a long while.  No matter, With Steve Shipp and Hitchcroft looking formidable at centre midfield, Orme and Tim Norman were released to create havoc.  Ably supported by 15 year-old Ben Drury and Matt Watts on the flanks, strong work by Shipp and Gleed led to a loose ball being collected and hammered home by Norman to re-establish the visitors’ 2-goal advantage.
Lydney’s youthful side caused Stroud problems, however, and Craig Breddy was called into action on several occasions to make telling stops in goal.  He worked well with his defenders, particularly the rock-solid Ian Gill.  Andy Murray proved the lynch-pin in the middle, sitting in front of defence and becoming instrumental in kicking off Stroud’s attacking force.  His incisive run down the left led to his cracking cross for Norman to latch onto for his second was worth its weight in gold and the 3-goal cushion was very welcome.  Shipp then had to leave the pitch after a nasty hit on his foot.  Norman was given the central midfield marking role and Wathen limped on up front.  There then followed an unfortunate bounce in the middle of the pitch wrong-footed Watts and Murray, giving Lydney another goal and a faint glimmer of hope.  Stroud need not have worried as their tremendous work ethic continued.  Orme had several cracking strikes, agonisingly watching the ball go wide.  Great cover from defenders and midfielders alike helped Breddy in goal, before an absolute text-book attack down the right was made by Orme whose inch-perfect cross was put in by Hitchcroft arriving unmarked to give Stroud a famous 5-2 victory and cement 3rd place in the table, a mere one point adrift of leaders, Hereford A.
This was an excellent result for Stroud who showed their mettle, composure and fortitude in a difficult game.  Norman was man-of-the-match, although in truth everybody deserved an award of some description, including both umpires who did a fine job between them.

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Badgers Fight Back for Famous Victory

12 November 2012 at 09:50

Stroud U16 Badgers fought back from a 2-0 deficit to put paid to Cheltenham in a high quality game on Saturday morning.  Fine work by Bryn in the Stroud goal and a fine captain’s performance from Hamish Norman set the scene for a comeback.  The visitors’ lineup fluctuated throughout the game until it settled into a near-perfect one.  Alex Richards pulled a goal back for Stroud, before the skilful Danny Sopp equalised.  Jack Thompson’s great work on the flank was reqarded when his fine strike gave Stroud the edge with 5 minutes to go.  Ed Golding deservedly won the joint man-of-the-match award for his tremendous defensive work, with Seb Wathen the other recipient.

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Stroud Ladies 1st XI gain 3 more points

11 November 2012 at 20:09

Ladies 1st Xi gain 3 More Points

After a few tough matches, Stroud Ladies' 1st XI, sponsored by Ecotricity, got stuck into this away game. Heavy rain before the match meant that the pitch had to be cleared of a deluge of water but, thankfully, the teams were able to get on with the game.
For the first ten minutes, Avonmouth were very strong attacking, and at times it looked like they may get the first goal. Several shots either went wide, were saved by goalkeeper, Aleasha Holder, or blocked by some fantastic defence work.
The game was then settled down, both teams making good breaks for goal.  Lucy Moir was able to get the first of her three goals, giving the team a boost in a very hard game.  Whilst Moir scored twice more, Stroud's defence put in a solid performance, and Avonmouth only managed to score a consolation goal in the dying minutes. Great work by attack and midfield led Stroud to multiple shots at goal.
The Ladies fought hard for this win, leaving them comfortably mid-table. It was good to have Captain Karen Wilsher on the sideline, lending support to the team which is looking better each week.

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Youth Stand Firm

11 November 2012 at 17:40

Facing a tough match, against top of the table Bridgend, the last thing Ecotricity-sponsored Stroud Men’s 1st XI captain, Alex Waring, needed was a glut of injuries depleting his options.  He was forced to make several changes on Saturday with 5 senior players unavailable.  The up-side was evident, however, as coach Rob Fynn’s youth policy is really beginning to pay off.  The 1st XI on Saturday contained five recent products of this youth system ; Rohan Sopp 15, Fin Dixon 16, Calum Norman 17, Rich Cartmell 20 and Zac Lees 21.  Stroud stalwart, Andrew Hines, was also recalled to the side, adding a little ying to the younger players’ yang !  Even more pleasing was how well the young players coped with strong and physical opposition.
The game started well, both sides passing the ball quickly.  The low, strong sunlight was a factor and Stroud’s players found it difficult to pick their passes or read the flight of aerial balls.  Bridgend found their rhythm quicker and began to put together some attacking opportunities, winning a few short corners and going close to scoring. 
Stroud maintained their discipline and worked hard to stay in touch, carving out a few chances of their own.  The game ebbed and flowed with both teams having spells with and without the ball.  Both keepers were called into action and the game looked delicately poised just before the half time break, when Bridgend managed to strike a crucial goal right on the half time whistle to go in 1-0.
The second half saw an impressive rear-guard action from the young Stroud side.  Stroud started well, looking to shore up the midfield and move the ball wide early.  They created several good chances and Danny Clifford earned a short corner with a powerful run into the D.  Rob Fynn’s strike looked to be going wide of goal until skipper Waring managed to get a sharp upright deflection on it.  The balled cannoned off a defender’s legs and found its way over the line to level the score at 1-1.
Stroud dug in and worked tirelessly for the rest of the half as the game became more physical and tetchy.  The umpires did well to keep a lid on things, as Bridgend became more and more frustrated when they failed to restore their lead.  Zac Lees ran selflessly up front, Calum Norman worked hard in midfield alongside Fin Dixon, both putting in some strong tackles. Rohan Sopp did well going forward with some great skills in and around the D, almost creating the winning goal in the dying moments.
Stroud could have sealed a famous victory with the last strike of the game.  The whole team went forward for a short corner after the final whistle.  Rob Fynn’s low strike went inches wide of the goal and narrowly missed the incoming stick of forward Lees.  Despite nearly snatching all three points Stroud were happy with a hard fought draw.

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