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Poor Weather no Deterrent

27 January 2014 at 09:16

Stroud Men's 2nd XI, sponsored by Ecotricity, began a windy away fixture at a relatively slothful pace on Saturday.  Their opponents certainly seemed quicker to settle and Stroud’s rather tentative start gave them a few early scares.  A fortunate touch from a Stroud stick in the D after a hit from outside the 23 gave Cirencester a somewhat lucky lead, although their pressure deserved something.  That shot in the arm proved the catalyst Stroud required and within a minute they had equalised through Jonny Matthews.  A further period of attacking play gave Stroud the lead when a speculative pass somehow bobbled past a defender for Ben Orme to score.  A 2-1 half time lead was far from comfortable.  The next goal was crucial, but as the second half began so did the gale force wind and a hailstorm.  Undeterred by these common forces of nature, Stroud appeared to pick up their game.  Within minutes of the restart, strong forward running from Tim Norman and Dom Creech led to a save by the keeper, Norman pouncing on the rebound to extend the lead.  More fine movement from Steve Shipp in the midfield and some keen passing gave Tom Sharpe an opportunity and he made it 4-1.  Stroud were certainly in control and, despite Cirencester’s willingness to play passing hockey, the visitors showed resilience in the face of attack.  Youngsters Alex Richards, Hamish Norman and Ed Golding belied their age with confident performances at the back.  The shape of the side was good and captain Rob Gleed could have few qualms about the second half.  Bryn Webber in the Stroud goal made some cracking saves to deny an increasingly frustrated home side, particularly in the second half ; the triple save most notable.  To round things off, a long pass from Sharpe was expertly held up by a defender for Orme to strike once more as the game came to a close.  This was a much needed and far stronger display of defiance from a team in transition.

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L1 Stifled by Colwall and Malvern

26 January 2014 at 16:49

The Ladies’ 1st XI, sponsored by Ecotricity, travelled to Malvern for their furthest League fixture this season.  The team were hopeful the weather would stay pleasant for the duration of the game and in the first half this was the case.  Stroud looked a little rough around the edges, some fine passing countered by them giving the ball away cheaply.  A goal from the home side gave Stroud the impetus they needed.  Stroud began to pass the ball around better and looked more dangerous in attack, a goal from Karen Whitehead restoring parity.  All square at half time, Stroud needed to come out and really attack in the second period.  Within the first 5 minutes, they looked like they were going to take control, but the weather took a turn for the worse, the umpires deciding to stop the game until the wind and hail died down.  After destroying an umbrella and knocking down one of the goals, the weather lightened up and the match resumed.  The cold break in proceedings, coming so soon after the half time break, made it difficult to get going again.  Despite goals from Angharad Roberts and Claire Crosthwaite, Colwall and Malvern were able to equalise again, leaving Stroud with just one point, a fair conclusion to a difficult game, but far from the result the table toppers anticipated.  A stronger team performance is needed next week to continue their promotion charge.

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STROUD LADIES 2ND X1 HUNGRY FOR GOALS

25 January 2014 at 15:16

The Stroud team, sponsored by Ecotricity, faced the unbeaten top of the table side this weekend and played extremely well to hold Hereford to a single goal.  Some fabulous work from Aleasha Holder in goal and Emily Allan at centre back ensured Hereford were unable to dominate the match.  There was some excellent passing amongst the forward line of Sarah Mace, Jade Rigglesford and Hannah Scott.  This led to Stroud being awarded several short corners.  Having been promoted to this division at the end of last season, it has taken the Stroud team some time to realise it can compete at the higher level and their efforts are now focused on remaining in this division; the team is hungry for another win !

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M2 Lose Narrowly

20 January 2014 at 10:02

Stroud Men's 2nd XI, sponsored by Ecotricity, hosted a very organised and focused Cirencester A team on Saturday.  A young home side were up against it from the start as the visitors passed the ball around with confidence.  Out-muscled in the midfield, Stroud succumbed to Cirencester's early pressure, going a goal behind after 15 minutes.  Try as they might, Stroud failed to exert enough control to cause any real damage to the visitors' defence, despite relentless running by their two forwards.  Stroud did show cohesion at times and when they kept the ball strongly were able to put together some neat passing moves.  As they found themselves with more possession in the second half, they were hit a second time when nobody closed down a Cirencester midfielder.  Hard work was rewarded finally, Stroud winning a penalty corner, subsequently executed slickly and finished convincingly by Rob Gleed to make the score 1-2.  Cirencester played out the last few minutes by attempting to keep ball, but Stroud's unstinting efforts almost caused that to backfire.  A shame for Stroud to lose, but their young side showed some good signs and worked hard, building towards next season when those youngsters will play a more important role.

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Another Fine Victory for L1 Keeps them Clear at the Top

19 January 2014 at 22:29

Stroud Ladies’ 1st XI, sponsored by Ecotricity, produced a fine 5-0 win over East Glos to stay top of the division by 6 points.  Despite fielding a strong side, at first it looked like this could be a difficult game as East Glos were well-drilled and motivated opponents.  Stroud eventually showed why they are justifiably the top of the division, with good ball skills and movement from the defence all the way up to the opposition D.  An inch-perfect pass from Lucy Moir put Kyishia Cooke free on the right and her pass back to Moir at the top of the D was finished comprehensively.  Karen Whitehead picked up a loose ball and produced a fine looping strike to put Stroud further ahead.  Emily Allan finished off a fine individual run with a goal.  Further goals from Kyishia Cooke and Claire Crosthwaite completed what, on paper at least, was a bit of a rout. This was a well-deserved win for the ladies, particularly against a strong side in EG, and a brilliant way to start the second half of the League season.

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M3 in Quintessential Comeback

19 January 2014 at 19:04

Stroud M3, sponsored by Ecotricity, started the second half of the season with a score to settle against a side who had beaten them in the opening game.  Stroud started slowly and took a while to get settled.  During a fairly even first half, neither team took command of the game until the opposition scored the opener.  Stroud were unable to settle after making several changes and went into the half time break 2.1 behind.
Resetting to the original lineup for the start of the second half and adjusting the marking gave them more control in the middle of the pitch.  Stroud stepped up the pace and drew level.  Once Stroud gained momentum they became a potent force, a hat trick from MOTM Chris Bargh completed with a skilful turn and reverse stick finish.  Good goals from Nigel Sherwood and John Osborne turned a shaky first half performance into a convincing 5-2 win.  Stroud sit mid-table and face a good side next week, but if they can play as they did in the second half of this match, rather than the first half the game, they will make things a lot easier for themselves.

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Stroud Ladies 1XI draw friendly

11 January 2014 at 16:57

After a long Christmas break, Stroud ladies 1XI looked ready to get stuck in with a friendly to kick off the new year.. An enjoyable game against Thornbury, however an early goal meant Stroud had to play catch up. Brilliant defensive work from the defenders and midfields, and some great saves from goalkeeper Sasha Jones meant that the score didn't go up. Stroud constantly looked good on the attack, and were unlucky to have several goal attempts and short corner routines saved by Thornbury. A short corner given in the last minute for Stroud, gave them the final opportunity to score, and a final shot by Angharad Roberts gave Stroud the equaliser to put the score at 1-1. Overall a well played game by the ladies and looking forward to getting back into league hockey next week.

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