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L1 are Severn Division 1 Champions

30 March 2014 at 11:27

Stroud Ladies' 1st XI, sponsored by Ecotricity, only needed a draw against Lansdown to guarantee finisheing Division Champions. They were determined, however, to win their final game. The match turned out to be a good battle between the two sides. Lansdown looked dangerous, but strong defensive work from Katherine Stevens, Rebecca Stevens, Steph Woodward, Sarah Tudor, captain Jade O'Connell and Karen Whitehead, not to mention goalkeeper Sasha Jones, prevented Lansdown from scoring.  Stroud pegged back the home side and for quite some time they didn't come near Stroud's D. The midfield and forward line produced some fine attacking moves, nice passing from Elaine Noone, Emily Allan and Angharad Roberts feeding Claire Crosthwaite and Kyeisha Cooke.  Despite strong pressure, the visitors were unable to beat Lansdown's goalkeeper. They retained their composure and were determined to score at least one goal. The second half saw the effects of the glorious sunshine starting to appear in both teams, a more possessive, passing game being played to conserve energy. Neither team was able to score as the match drew to a close. On virtually the final whistle, Stroud were awarded a short corner - their last opportunity to put a goal past Lansdown. The entire team surrounded the D to keep the ball in play. A quick injection by Crosthwaite was stopped by Noone and struck by Allan. The goalbound shot could only be deflected into the goal by a Lansdown player, leaving Stroud with their final League victory of the season and a Division title to boot !  Lansdown were gracious in defeat and congratulated Stroud on their promotion as Severn Division 1 champions 2013/2014. Congratulations to the ladies and many thanks to Captain, Jade O'Connell, and Coach, Tim Norman, not to mention the huge support of club members.

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L1 Keep up the Pressure

24 March 2014 at 09:50

Stroud L1, sponsored by Ecotricity, produced another solid performance to beat Badgers at home on Saturday.  In a keenly contested match, the home side knew they were in a game, but held their nerve and always looked as though they would emerge victorious.  They produced some nice passing hockey at times and now require just a draw from next week’s final League game to win the division title as they lie 3 points ahead of Cheltenham B.

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M2 Win Well

24 March 2014 at 09:30

Stroud M2, sponsored by Ecotricity, produced a much more convincing performance against Lansdown on Saturday. Regardless of the score line, both sides played the match in the right spirit and showed what sport is really about.
The visitors started with a focused, passing mentality, intent on securing at least one more win before the season ends next week. What is now a pretty settled back four, Captain Gleed and the 3 Year 11s, Alex Richards, Hamish Norman and Ed Golding, showed their mettle once again. Bryn Nicol, yet another youngster, was assured in goal. Stroud moved the ball around nicely, although the slowness of the pitch did nothing for their ball pace early on. Early flurries from Ben Orme and Tim Norman at the head of affairs nearly gave Stroud the lead. Orme then played the ball into Norman ; one touch and a shot under the arm out Stroud 1 up after 15 minutes. Norman then moved to left midfield (perhaps as punishment) as Chris Bargh came on up front. More attacks ensued, due in large part to Steve Shipp and Tom Sharpe's control of the midfield. Untroubled yet incisive when required, they combined nicely with Dom Ellis who provided lively attacking skill at right mid. Stroud extended their lead when Richards pounced on a loose ball at a short corner and scored his first goal for the 2nd team. Stroud passed the ball with growing confidence, Hamish Norman finding plenty of opportunity up the right flank. His hard work won him a deserved man of the match award and led to several openings. A marvellous team goal, beginning with Sharpe, the ever buzzing Craig Wathen and Tim Norman in midfield, saw short passes and a long pass wide right. Hamish Norman's cross was nicely met by Orme who swivelled in trademark style and gave the ball to Ellis to score. Orme was rewarded shortly afterwards with a neatly taken goal to make the game safe beyond doubt. It was a pleasure to see Stroud passing comfortably and confidently. Shipp made a big difference in the midfield and all players deserve a pat on the back for a solid win.

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L2 Stay Up

23 March 2014 at 15:09

“WE DID IT”!

 This was the finest performance of the Stroud Ladies 2nd team this season; the impeccable marking by all the players was outstanding.  They stuck to their players like limpets and Lansdown couldn’t even find a barnacle sized space to fire on goal.  The fabulous marking is proven by the fact that the Lansdown goal came from a short corner in the dying seconds of the match.

 Stroud’s forwards controlled the ball well and despite the Lansdown ‘triangles’ formation they found sufficient space to move the ball cleanly, accurately and with pace.

 Carrie Sanders scored both goals, the first coming from open play with a fabulous move up the left initiated by Kathy Williams and the second in the most perfectly executed short corner of this season.  The Lansdown team was at a loss to know which of Stroud’s forwards would touch the ball next – the routine involved 5 players!

 Last season both Lansdown and Stroud were promoted to Severn 2 and both teams knew that this was the ‘relegation’ play-off match and on the day the Stroud team showed its true mettle and the victory was sweet indeed!

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Stroud win means 4 points clear

09 March 2014 at 23:32

Stroud Ladies’ 1st XI, sponsored by Ecotricity, travelled to Newent and won again, scoring another whopping five goals for the second time in as many weeks. On a glorious spring day, with the bare 11 players and the captain away, the ladies were determined to win this game and stay top of the table. They started slowly, however, and Newent tryed to force Stroud to play a different style of hockey.  This led to the visitors conceding an early goal.  The ladies did not let a little thing like one goal stand in the way of victory and Stroud began to play a bit more passing hockey, conserving their energy in the heat.  Soon they equalised through Claire Crosthwaite and followed this with a second from Elaine Noone. The defenders had to work hard, however, the midfield dropping back to help them defend some strong Newent attacks.  Goalkeeper, Aleasha Holder, saved a few great shots, whilst the defensive line of Steph Woodward, Rebecca Stevens and Katherine Stevens stayed solid, aided by huge support from Karen Whitehead and Sarah Tudor. The three midfielders, Noone, Emily Allan and Angharad Roberts, worked hard to drop back and defend, as well as push forward with the attack. With the score standing 2-2 after Newent scored another, Stroud upped the ante and made use of the wings, along with Kyishia Cooke's rapid pace, to attack the Newent goal at speed.  This led to Cooke scoring two fine goals in quick succession, making the score 4-2. As was the case the previous week, 4 goals simply wasn't enough.  In the last 2 minutes of the game, Roberts received a pass in the D from Crosthwaite ; Cooke provided a dummy shot, making the goalie attempt a save, the ball sailing under Cooke's stick for Roberts to tap it into an empty goal. Stroud are on good form, their excellent play producing many goal scoring opportunities.  Next week will be their hardest game so far, as they meet Cheltenham in a top of the table clash.

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Good Performance Despite the Loss

03 March 2014 at 09:41

Stroud Men’s 2nd XI may have lost 3-0 to Cheltenham 3rd XI on Saturday, but they played some nice hockey at times and deserved more from the game.  Defensively, youngsters Hamish Norman, Alex Richards and Ed Golding again proved their worth and the team as a whole kept a pretty good shape throughout.  Stroud did make strong inroads but were unlucky not to score at least one goal against opponents who are vying for promotion.  Stroud have another tough game away to Gwent next week, but their good performance should give them heart.

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Stroud Ladies Hockey Club

01 March 2014 at 18:03

Stroud played some excellent attacking, accurate and possession hockey this week to take 3 essential points from Cheltenham Civil Service.  The attacks were well-worked down both flanks and the team was pleased to welcome Mopsey Voss back after ‘maternity leave’.  Golkeeper, Jordan Turnbull, was called upon to make important saves on 3 occasions in the first half, leading the defence to tighten its position during the second half and making it much harder for Civil Service to break through.  Stroud's goal came from a nicely worked attack from Jade Rigglesford and Carrie Sanders. Sanders deftly put the ball past the Civil Service keeper.  Candice Johnson played well at right half, supporting both the attack and the defence as required.

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Stroud ladies 1XI victorious over Gloucester

01 March 2014 at 16:15

Stroud Ladies 1st XI, sponsored by Ecotricity, went out to win and stay top of the table in saturday's game against Gloucester - a match which Stroud dominated.  They barely let Gloucester near their D, playing great possession hockey and using both the width and space available to them. An early goal from Emily Allan gave Stroud a great head start in the game. Despite Gloucester's best efforts, the defensive back line of Katherine Stevens, Rebecca Stevens and Steph Woodward held firm, aided by some great saves from Aleasha Holder. A very attacking midfield helped create the second goal for Angharad Roberts, her shot just bobbling over the line. Lovely passing between Karen Whitehead, Elaine Noone, Sarah Tudor and Allan, meant Stroud were on the attack once again, their efforts rewarded with a beautiful goal for Claire Crosthwaite. Gloucester came back strongly and eventually scored their one goal, with what looked like a very good cricket swing! Stroud were not resting on their laurels, however, and pretty soon launched Kyishia Cooke up the wing.  She took on the goalie herself and scored a sweet goal to put the score at 4-1. This was still not enough for the Stroud ladies, though. After receiving a couple of odd tackles, Roberts dribbled the ball up the left wing before slipping it past the Glos goalkeeper to put the nail in the visitors' coffin and consolidate Stroud’s winning margin. This was a well-played game from Stroud who kept their heads and played their own style of hockey to keep themselves leaders of Severn 1 Division.

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