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L1 Stifled by Colwall and Malvern

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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