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Stroud win means 4 points clear

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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