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STROUD LADIES 2nd X1 BEATEN BY A GOAL

27 October 2013 at 11:43

The score did not reflect the effort, determination and commitment of the Stroud team who had control of the match throughout most of the 70 minutes.  Stroud went into the lead with a great goal from Carrie Sanders which was nicely placed just inside the post.  The team had a number of chances to score with balls going wide or being just beyond the reach of the forwards and despite some fine runs by many players and visible determination by player of the match Jade Rigglesford, the strong Civil Service keeper prevented Stroud from scoring that important second goal.  The Civil Service goals came from a short corner and from open play, the later in the closing minutes of the match.  The Stroud team needs to hone its passing, stopping and tackling skills so that it is just that little bit sharper than its opponents in the coming games.

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Fine Win for L1

21 October 2013 at 11:06

Stroud Ladies' 1st XI, sponsored by Ecotricity, showed all their hard work is paying off, comprehensively beating a strong Bourton side on Saturday.  It was a true team performance, everybody working hard for each other and an insistence on moving the ball quickly.  The visitors were no slouches, however, looking very dangerous at times and passing the ball nicely, as were Stroud.  With Stroud moving into space and creating momentum down the flanks, it was they that took the lead, Claire Crosthwaite converting her first of 3.  Shortly afterwards, she scored her second and Lucy Moir made the score 3-0 at the half time break.
Stroud’s defence was worked hard, man-of-the-match Steph Woodward undaunted in the face of fierce attacks.  Despite their best efforts, Bourton pulled a goal back, before Moir fired the home side further ahead again.  The visitors struck back once more but Crosthwaite’s short corner strike put the game safe at 5-2.
There was some excellent hockey on display from both sides, but Stroud deserved the win and are now creating space and moving the ball with real panache.

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M3 Alive with Five

20 October 2013 at 15:08

After a fine result last week and great availability for this match, Stroud, sponsored by Ecotricity, took a fairly young side over to face Winchcombe.
Stroud had the lion's share of ball in the first half, moving the ball well and winning the 50/50 chances and interceptions in the middle of the pitch. Keeping the pressure on led to a couple of well-worked goals with the ball being moved wide and brought into the D along the base line and cut back for deflections and tap ins at the far post - almost as if it had been a training exercise. Although sometimes struggling to find passes and make the best use of the spaces available on the wings of the pitch at times, Stroud kept the pressure on and despite conceding to a breakaway, they scored more goals before the break to lead 4-1. At half time, Stroud tried to gather themselves and focus on how they wanted to play in the second half.
The home side started the second half strongly and Stroud conceded two goals in a short space of time, an unfortunate deflection from a runner on a short corner (great finish though) and getting caught with too many men going forward put Stroud under a great deal of pressure and the enjoyment of the first half was starting to wear thin.
Stroud settled down and began to play like they had in the first half - not pretty at times, but effective enough to secure a 5th goal and leave a valuable two goal cushion for the final part of the game.
Stroud need to focus on dead-ball plays, defend from the front and look for the space in the opposition's half. When the opposition's 16s were ringed, and on our 16s when the ball was moved wide out of defence and up the wing and injected from the baseline to be deflected at the near post, Stroud looked like a strong side. When they got caught out of position when defending in the middle of the pitch or took the ball into contact in the final third of the pitch they looked like a different side. Taking the positives from the last two games into next weekend, they look for three wins in a row when the face Cheltenham D at home.
Comment from the captain: Not the tidiest performance we've put in and it got a bit close for comfort near the end until we got the 5th goal but ... a Win is a Win!
At least there was a good deal of spirit and effort and great availability.

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Ladies 2nds Battle hard against Chipping Campden

20 October 2013 at 10:46

Stroud Ladies' 2nd XI, newly-promoted to Severn Division 2, were unlucky to end 1-4 down against Chipping Campden in Evesham. Play was open and possession well-balanced between the two teams.
Chipping Campden marked tightly but Stroud took advantage of their tendency to play down the middle, finding plenty of opportunities to take the ball out wide. With some great passing into space to shake off the opposition, and impressive awareness of one another, Stroud were able to move the ball effectively the length of the pitch.
Chipping Campden scored first from open play, soon followed by an equaliser from Candice Johnson determined to find the goal. Chipping Campden had two short corners which Stroud defended well, but the home side scored again from open play to make it 2-1 at half time. Coming out again, it looked like anyone’s game and both teams fought hard and played some great hockey. In the last 10 minutes Chipping Campden scored a beauty, a nifty deflection from a strong hit outside the D.  Now riding high, this was immediately followed with another, making it 4-1. Far from being down-heartened, every Stroud player should be very proud of their performance. Man of the Match was Sian Freer for her outstanding commitment in defence.

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Nice 3 Points in Tough Home Encounter

14 October 2013 at 09:48

Stroud M1, sponsored by Ecotricity, took the maximum 3 points from their home encounter with a physical Neath side.  Great work rate by the whole team and some slick hockey at times gave Stroud the edge.  Calum Norman earned himself man-of-the-match and Rich Cartmell scored coolly from an impossibly tight angle to give the home side the spoils.

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Long Journey Rewarded with 3 Points

14 October 2013 at 09:37

Stroud M2, sponsored by Ecotricity, continued their League campaign away at Hereford A on Saturday.  None of the team can remember ever visiting Hereford and coming away with 3 points.  This time, after last week's disappointment of possession with few goals and a subsequent 1-1 draw, Stroud desperately wanted the win.  They started well, their extra pace showing early on.  A couple of chances went begging, before a well-struck ball into the D was controlled by Tim Norman whose pass to Ben Orme was dispatched into the goal.  Stroud continued to press, eventual man-of-the-match Scott Patient working tirelessly in midfield with Nick Hitchcroft.  One momentary lapse then led to an equaliser, reminding the visitors of the need for vigilance.  Having got used to the bobbly pitch, Stroud's defence, comprising captain Rob Gleed, Ian Gill, Ben Drury and Tom Sharpe at sweeper, were called into action on several occasions, but dealt with any marauders. Relief came when Norman collected the ball top D and gave the visitors the lead again with an interestingly mishit shot.  The extra impetus saw both Tom Freer and Jonny Matthews make strong runs into the Hereford 25.  Better control ensued and Orme came close to a second, before captain Gleed scored Stroud's all-important 3rd goal with an imperious short corner strike.  With their tails well and truly up, Stroud almost made it 4-1 but the final whistle blew as the last shot was struck, the resultant crash of the backboard all in vain.  This was a strong performance by Stroud, keeping them near the top, 2 wins and a draw a good start to the league season.

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Ladies 1st XI Continue Great Start to the Season

14 October 2013 at 09:34

Stroud Ladies’ first team, sponsored by Ecotricity, showed their mettle today against a good Cirencester team.  Having lost their captain, Karen Willsher, recently due to injury, they could be forgiven for having a bad game after a bit of a reshuffle.  The ladies, however, showed that they are true sportswomen today, playing some great hockey under a new captain, Jade O'Connell.  After a rather rough start, the ladies worked well as a team, putting Cirencester under a great deal of pressure.  Some lovely transfers across the back line, and great work by the midfield and forwards, resulted in a lovely goal by Lucy Moir, followed closely by a 2nd from Claire Crosthwaite.  A short corner routine by Stroud gave them a third goal, slotted in by Angharad Roberts, then a pass into the D gave Stroud a fourth goal, again from Lucy Moir.  Cirencester played well, but they only managed to break through Stroud once to score a goal.  There was a lot of work put in by everyone to keep Cirencester in their own half, and Stroud showed the skills they have been practising in training.  Continuous hard work from all the ladies made this such a good game to play and in which to work hard.  There was 100% effort from everyone involved, even when we were a player down.  So, a big thank you to Karen Willsher for all the hard work she has put in over the years, and congratulations to Jade O'Connell for stepping up to the mark.  Well done ladies !

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Stroud 2nd team Ladies working well

13 October 2013 at 10:43

Stroud went into an early lead with a fabulous goal by Jade Rigglesford from a seemingly impossible spot on the base line.  Cirencester scored shortly afterwards from a short corner and the game was up for grabs.  The Stroud forwards were on target and had a dozen shots stopped by the on-form Cirencester keeper:  Stroud had much of the possession and were awarded 3 short corners.  The team played well and were unlucky to concede another goal from a short corner in the final 10 minutes of the match.  Some great play by Carrie Sanders, Victoria Sharpe and Rosy Jones in mid-field kept Stroud in the attacking position and the team's continued commitment to scoring was comendable.  A frustrating result for the team as its efforts deserved a better result.

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Stroud 2nd X1 ladies down but not out

06 October 2013 at 08:10

Hereford Ladies had come down from Severn 1 and Stroud 2nd X1 had been promoted from Severn 3 - it was always going to be a challenging match, and so it proved to be.  Stroud played some excellent hockey, keeping its structure, moving the ball well and retaining possession.  The team was simply unable to match the skill of a number of the Hereford players who dominated the match.  Stroud played well against the better opposition and this, what may well be hardest game of the season, allows the team to be quicker, sharper and keener moving forward.

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