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L1 are Severn Division 1 Champions

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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