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Bob Brewer keeps clean sheet as 16 Man Stroud capitulate to strong Bourton

25 October 2014 at 23:28

Bob Brewer keeps clean sheet as 16 Man (and 1 manager!) Stroud capitulate to strong Bourton (2nds with bits of 1sts because they didn't want to travel to Cardiff)

A bumper weekend for players and an administrative error from usually well organised captain and talisman Chris Bargh saw Stroud (sponsored by Ecotricity) travel with 17 players AND keeper Mike Hallett arriving late, just after the pushback. Someone had to take the managerial role and the ever-reliable Nigel Sherwood donned the flat cap and Primark suit and gave encouragement and critical feedback throughout the match. Bob Brewer stepped up as kicking back for the absent keeper for the first 5 minutes, in which time he did not let a single goal in. Needless to say the umpires could have been happy for Stroud to play with 12 but since we are no cheats, a legitimate sub for James Tester did occur to leave Stroud with 11 on the pitch. For the first 20 minutes Stroud turned the screw on Bourton and were camped on the 22 metre line with Nick Hitchcroft, Alex Elder and Tim Norman battling hard in midfield to make a break through, with some good interplay with Ben Evans. Dom Creech made an impact by trying to go around the back and a series of short corners came to nothing. Wingers, John Osborn , Joe and Josh Baum all tried to do the same with the same outcome. Lots of guile but not enough penetration on a very slow pitch which suited the home side. When Bourton did break, Stroud were left bare at the back, although some very good work from Matt Watts, Stuart Holt, James Tester, Harvey and Joe Freer may well have saved more embarrassment for Stroud. Ultimately, sloppy passing let Stroud down and were dominated throughout the rest of the match, and once they were 3-0 down never looked like turning it around. Next weekend they have a double header with Cheltenham on Saturday and the possibility of Newent on Sunday to turn their fortunes around.

MOTM: James Tester

Stats:

6 short corners, 0 goals.

Sitting 6th with 7 points from 4 games (with a game in hand)

+20 Goal Difference

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Ladies 2nd X1, best performance this season

25 October 2014 at 15:40

The Stroud team played flowing, controlled and skillful hockey against the Gloucester side and needed to keep its wits about it in this tough game. GK, Aleasha Holder was exceptional in her determination to stop Gloucester from scoring and she was ably assisted by the Stroud defence with Emma Hall swiftly picking up what was required from her in a new, left back, position. The attack from the Gloucester side was relentless and they scored early in the first half. Stroud defended numerous short corners, which were taken at speed, and the defence did well to thwart all attempts to score. Stroud had a short corner awarded just before half time and were unlucky not to convert it to a goal. The second half saw the Stroud forwards, supported by mid-field, really put pressure on the Gloucester team with Hannah Scott, Evie Robb and Carrie Sanders working particularly well on the RH side of the pitch. It was a hard and fast ball from the right which Sian Freer deftly picked up and, with a one touch, flicked it towards goal. The ball had maintained its pace but against the odds the keeper saved it. The Stroud team was proud of a fine performance and a draw would have been the icing on the cake.

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THE TEAM JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER!

18 October 2014 at 15:03

Stroud Ladies 2nd X1 should take heart that it continues to improve with each match.  Chipping Campden are always tough opponents and holding the team to a 0 - 0 draw at half time was a great performance.  Stroud's impact upon the game was noticed by the Chipping Campden coach and at half time he changed the structure of his team to a more attacking formation.  As a result much of the time Stroud's defence was outnumbered and some brilliant saves by GK, Jordan Turbnbull, frustrated the Chipping Campden side on many occasions.  The Stroud team found it difficult to make inroads into the Chipping Campden circle although some fine solo runs from Evie Robb, Hannah Scott and Sarah Mace looked threatening.  This was a good performance by a Stroud team that gave every ounce of its energy. 

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If a tree falls and there is no one there to hear it. It definitely makes a sound!

12 October 2014 at 17:49

Ross on Wye B 1 - 10 Stroud 3rd XI

If a tree falls and there is no one there to hear it. It definitely makes a sound!

Stroud 3rd XI (sponsored by Ecotricity) travelled over land and mountain to reach Ross-on-Wye 2nds on what seemed to be a nice day to play in their third match of The Davis Wood Hockey League Marches 2 division...until the storm came and felled a tree, blocking the path for most of the team to arrive on time. However, after the late start and Harvey Freer still not being able to reach the start of the match due to said obstruction AND a land-slide. Stroud 3rds set about their business where they left off against Cleevillians two weeks ago. The first ten minutes where cagey but once the goals started coming they didn't stop with prodigal son, talisman and captain Chris Bargh grabbing a unique hat-trick within the preceding 5 minutes.  The cream of the trio being a sublime reverse stick deflection lob off a driving Nick Hitchcroft pass into the 'D'. Ben Evans scored his first of two with a deft deflection in front of goal. Alex Elder grabbed his first of the season with a scrappy well-fought close range effort to slot past the goalkeeper to make it 5-0 at half-time and Stroud were cruising. Nick Hitchcroft opened up the scoring in the second half with great link up play with Chris Bargh yet again, as Bargh surged into the 'D' dodged past the keeper and set Hitchcroft up for an easy reverse stick sweep into the backboards. Not to be out-done Ben Evans, score his second from a great pass from Matt Watts to reverse sweep into the bottom corner. It seemed like a 4 man show, but the back line defended well, with Stuart Holt and Ben Strawbridge standing tall when Ross did have the ball. By this time, Hitchcroft was tamping after some rather agricultural defending from Ross and after taking a quick free hit to himself, drove into the area and scored a much debated 8th goal for Stroud. Ross did have one glimmer of hope as Stroud were left bare at the back and managed to slot home past keeper Mike Hallett, who again, had nothing much to do throughout the match. With a reputation to keep up, Bargh scored another two in the dying moments, with Josh Baum feeding from the right for him to sweep home first time and Nigel Sherwood's cross deflecting up onto his outstretched stick for the 10th and final goal. Overall, a great way to celebrate Bob Brewer 60-something birthday, to which he deservedly received many renditions of the famous song and his unnerving short corner routines and presence at the heart of defence earned him honorary man of the match. Overall, an outstanding match and with Newent B to come next week spirits are high. Although there will probably be more stern tests ahead.

Stats

Chris Bargh now averaging just over 3.5 goals a game.

Stroud 3rd XI top three top goal scorer s in the club.

Stroud 3rd XI now have a goal difference of +24. (26 scored, 2 conceded)

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TOUGH MATCH

06 October 2014 at 12:44

Cheltenham came into Severn 2 from the league above and, as expected, this proved to be a tough game for the Stroud side. During the first half Cheltenham had a run of short corners which were skilfully dealt with by the Stroud defence. Cheltenham scored twice during the first half and Stroud's Carrie Sanders was able to pull a goal back and going into halftime the score was 2:1.

Early in the second half, Stroud had 20 minutes of sustained, skilled and impressive attack when the Cheltenham defenders were under pressure and their GK was called into action a number of times. The ball stubbornly refused to go into the net. Stroud's defenders continued to block much of the Cheltenham attack, including an over the bar save by GK Aleasha Holder, but the relentless pressure, and ultimately superior fitness of the Cheltenham team, gave them the victory.

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Stroud Mens 3 XI vs Cirencester B

05 October 2014 at 16:59

 

On the 4th October 2014, the weather told a tale of two stories. In the morning it was drab and drizzly but then the sun broke through in the afternoon for the perfect conditions for two mighty goliaths of The Davis Wood Hockey League, Marches 2 division to clash. Stroud's match (sponsored by Ecotricity) was very much like the weather average in the first half and glorious in the second. Wearing their new home kit they set about the early pace sucking up Cirencester's pressure well with vital interceptions in front of goal by Matt Watts, Harvey Freer and Bob Brewer. Returning squaddy Stuart Holt also made his presence known with some good interception work down the left hand-side. On occasions when the ball was spread wide to Josh Baum and John Osborn it looked like Stroud could take the lead however quality in the final third was lacking. Right the way through the first half Stroud managed to keep Cirencester's midfield relatively quiet with battling tackles and passes from Tim Norman and Alex Elder however Cirencester managed to crack this 5 mins before half time when they squeezed a short corner routine into the bottom corner past flailing keeper Mike Hallett. After the break, Stroud were energised.  Not just with captain, Chris Bargh's team talk, but also with his presence as he managed to earn a short corner off an opposing players foot and convert it with a slide rule push through the keeper to level the scores. As the match progressed through the second half it was more of a stalemate, with Stroud having more shots on target and hitting the post twice. Through the late stages, the youthfulness of Joe Baum, Joe Freer and Chad Trainor all played a part in keeping the attack alive although could not convert the possession gained into a vital winning goal. Still undefeated, with an average 8 goals a game scored, the future looks bright!

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