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Stroud L2 Reign Despite Rain

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.

This entry was posted on 17 March 2013 at 22:38 and is filed under Match Reports | Ladies 2XI. You can leave a response here.

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