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So Near Yet So Far for M2

18 March 2013 at 09:14

Stroud Men’s 2nd XI, sponsored by Ecotricity, saw promotion slip from their grasp over the weekend, despite a comprehensive victory over Wotton on Saturday.  Letting in an early goal could have spelt doom and gloom for Stroud, but they refused to panic and hit back through Craig Wathen to level the scores and effectively start from scratch once more.  The clinical Stroud machine began to click into gear and the team spread the ball around with conviction.  Looking for goals, goals and more goals, the visitors soon went ahead, Ben Orme providing a deft touch to beat the keeper.  Tim Norman stole the ball tenaciously inside the Wotton D, before reverse-stick shooting Stroud further ahead.  Tom Sharpe and Nick Hitchcroft pushed forward from midfield to provide extra fire-power and Stroud earned themselves several short corners, most of which narrowly escaped the Wotton goal.  Orme snatched a second to put them 4-1 at half time as Hitchcroft and Norman combined effectively down the right.

Ian Gill, Ben Drury and Matt Watts looked solid at the back, giving a forward-thinking Stroud a fine backdrop.  Ben Lilly looked sharp at right midfield and linked nicely with captain Rob Gleed, building attacks down the right flank.  Norman grabbed another, deflecting the ball past the keeper, then scrambled a loose ball over as a defender tried to dribble the ball away from his own goal line to complete a hat trick.  Orme got his hat trick shortly afterwards, before Wotton’s never-say-die approach got them another consolation goal from a penalty flick.  Rob Waite, stand-in goalkeeper, had very little to do, making a couple of saves all match.

With Lansdown A winning 4-1 and 6-2 over both days, Stroud missed out on promotion with their goal difference 3 worse than their rivals.  All in all, though, this was a tremendous season.  The team have entertained, competed, scored goals nad, above all, enjoyed themselves immensely.  A superb spirit, under Rob Gleed’s first season as captain, was a credit to the club and all players must feel very proud of the achievements.  Roll on next season and more of the same !

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Stroud L2 Reign Despite Rain

17 March 2013 at 22:38

It takes more than torrential rain to put Stroud Ladies 2nd XI off their stride, as East Glos found when they met in Cheltenham on Saturday.
Stroud had a strong opening 10 minutes.  Nic Kelly-Davies and Kathy Williams’ work up the left was rewarded with an early goal from Kelly-Davies.  This was just the opening Stroud needed to boost their confidence against an athletic side, but East Glos fought back hard.
East Glos looked like a real threat at times and Stroud’s defence had their work cut out.  Pauline Edgington once again proved to have a very safe pair of hands at centre back, showing determination and leadership.  Steph Woodward and Katherine Stevens, left and right back, respectively, worked hard to interrupt some skilful attacking hockey from East Glos.  Sweeper Lesley Macdonald protected Stroud’s goal from direct attack on several occasions.  When East Glos did break through, Stroud keeper Ali Bredy was ready for them and did well to retain a clean sheet with some confident and well-judged saves.  Keen to get back on top of the game, Stroud made the most of a short corner, Claire Crosthwaite’s clean strike making it 2-0 at half time.
The second half saw Stroud continue to play well against a determined opposition.  They held their nerve and patiently sought out the right pass.  It wasn’t until the final 10 minutes that Crosthwaite sneaked the ball over the line to make it 3-0.  This was one of the toughest games Stroud Ladies 2nd XI have faced all season, making it a particularly pleasing result and ensuring they win the division title.  Players of the match Lesley Macdonald & Allison Breddy.

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Unlucky loss for the ladies 1st XI

10 March 2013 at 17:48

Stroud ladies 1st XI sponsored by Ecotricity were unlucky to not gain any points this weekend. Both Stroud and Wotton-under-Edge started the game showing good promise and strength. A goal scored by Wotton in a short corner routine gave them the upper hand, however a second disallowed goal meant Stroud kept their heads up and didn't allow the pressure to get to them. Some lovely passing by the midfield into the attacking D by Stroud gave them several attempts at goal which Stroud were unlucky not to get points from. The defence did some great work in preventing Wotton from scoring at several oppurtunities however a second goal eventually came from another short corner routine. Strouds composure and skill was evident as they managed to hold Wotton off, and a goal finally came after som good work in the D and a final tap into the goal by Lucy Moir. A well worked game by the ladies and despite their best efforts the score remained at 2-1. A well worked effort by all who played, and Stroud Ladies 1st XI remain 6th in the league table.

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Nervous Stroud M2 Held to a Rare Goalless Draw

04 March 2013 at 10:01

Stroud Men’s 2nd XI, sponsored by Ecotricity, struggled to find the goal on Saturday and felt fortunate to come away with a point.  Sometimes things just don’t go your way and that was clearly the case.  Fielding a squad with 2 substitutes, the visitors should have been comfortable, but they lost Craig Wathen with a calf strain after only 5 minutes.  After 15 minutes, goalkeeper Craig Breddy put his life on the line, against his own defensive line as well, the subsequent collision causing him to break his collarbone in two places.  Rob Waite then took up the mantle.  Despite playing some nice passing hockey at times, Stroud’s attacks came to nought, despite several close shaves.  Any other day, Stroud could have been 5 goals to the good, but nothing seemed to go their way.  Newent found the net in the second half, only to have it overturned as a Stroud defender’s stick had been kicked out of the way several times in the build-up.  With ten minutes to go, Stroud intercepted the ball outside their D and the counter-attack so nearly brought victory, but a promotion-seeking Stroud were pleased to come away with a point at the end of the day.

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A Goal Difference of 61 sees Stroud TOP the Division

04 March 2013 at 07:43

Saturday’s win having extended Stroud’s lead at the top of the division table, the ladies needed victory at Bourton-on-the-Water on Sunday to guarantee them the top spot for the season, with 2 matches in hand.
It wasn’t long before Hannah Scott opened the scoring.  Goals came thick and fast in this eventful game, which ended 9-3.  Nic Kelly-Davies scored a hat trick and Claire Crosthwaite scored 4 goals, the 9th goal coming from Victoria Sharpe from a short corner.  Tension continued throughout the match, culminating in an exasperated Stroud player being sent off for a short period in the second half.  Stroud fell back on the things that have served them so well all season; accurate, short passes … retaining width and position … working together.
While Stroud dominated, Bourton’s young and rapid team played some good attacking hockey, making the most of any opportunities and scoring 3 goals in the second half, 2 from open play and 1 from a short corner.
This victory puts Stroud Ladies 2nd XI safely clear at the top of the table, not having been beaten in the League all season – a great achievement and a fitting reward for a team who have worked relentlessly to develop their skills, tactics and spirit over the last few years.

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Stroud Keep Division-Winning Hopes Alive

04 March 2013 at 07:41

With Ecotricity-sponsored Stroud on the top of the division and Bourton in second place, this was an important match for the Stroud team on a mission to earn promotion.
The first 10 minutes caused Stroud’s supporters some anxiety but the ladies soon settled into their game and the scoring was opened by Hannah Scott from open play.  Claire Crosthwaite made it 2-0 at half time with a skilful strike from close to the goal line.  Bourton earned a string of short corners in the first half but were denied a goal by Stroud’s rock solid defensive line of Katherine Stevens, Sian Freer, Steph Woodward and keeper Ali Breddy.
In the second half it was Stroud who had the opportunity to test their well-practised short corner routine and they did not disappoint.  Kathy Williams scored from the first, powering a goal home from the edge of the D.  On the second opportunity, Williams passed to Victoria Sharpe who struck the ball cleanly into the net. Even at 4-0 down, Bourton were far from beaten and took full advantage of a mistake by Stroud to make it 4-1.  Stroud continued to work hard, dominating the final quarter of the game.  Hard work by the midfield and forward line gave Nic Kelly-Davies the chance to score from a strong Jade Rigglesford pass, followed soon after by another from Kelly-Davies to end the match 6-1

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