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On song Stroud get lucky as Wotton let it go

30 November 2014 at 18:12


Stroud M3 travelled the highway to hell, rising up to the challenge of their rivals Wotton. After a tough month of Saturdays which saw them lose points to the teams around them, they were keen to push the tempo and head right into the danger zone.
The team lined up with 'Hey' Mickey Hallet in goal supported by 'Blitzkrieg' Bob Brewer and Matt Watts 'the story' in the middle. Harvey 'Free Bird' Freer and Stuart 'The Trooper' Holt joined the defence. Nick 'The Seeker' Hitchcroft and Alex 'Iron Man' Elder took centre mid with Joe 'Pinball Wizard' Freer and Jonny 'B Goode' Osborn supplying support on the wings of the pitch up front captain Chris 'fear of the' Bargh and Andy 'you're a star' Reader were keen to get on the score sheet.

Stroud started well playing together like a seven nation army and with just a little patience they took the game to Wotton and came close to scoring early on. The play was stuck in the middle of the pitch for a period of time until and you could tell Stroud wanted to break free.
After finding some respect the team started to settle and began to creep forward. Taking the lead Stroud felt alright now but you can't always get what you want and theywere not ahead for long.
A few times Stroud were living on a prayer at the back, and Matt was a lucky man on a few occasions being caught out of position and narrowly avoiding a civil war. Stroud defended several short corners but were not able to keep Wotton from scoring.

At the break Stroud felt slightly paranoid and wanted to make sure they won't get fooled again even when they were under pressure. Captain Chris urged his team to stand by me and when they walk this way back onto the pitch for the start of the second half they looked like they were born to run.

The second half was a reflection of the first with perhaps a little more space opening up as the teams tired. After a scrambled follow up to a short corner Stroud managed to put the ball over the goal line but not quite as far as the backboard when a cleverly disguised shot was played to leave the ball traveling slower than it was before the stick made contact, this totally wrong footed the keeper and gave Stroud the lead.

Stroud were over the rainbow, they will survive and they are still standing. Like a lightening bolt they put the previous results under the bridge and held strong to take 3 points.

One game remains in this half of the season and having played all the top teams away they can look to score points in the return fixtures and move on up the table in the new year.

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BRETFORTON WAS "ROBB'D"!

29 November 2014 at 16:12

 

The thrill of scoring first was sufficient to carry the Stroud ladies 2nd team to a second goal within a matter of minutes!  The team had struggled to find the net earlier in the season but some fine runs from the forwards were rewarded by 2 excellent oals for Stroud.  The first was from an inch perfect pass from Hannah Scott to Evie Robb who was nicely positioned on the penalty spot and the second was the result of a fine, hot footed, solo run from Evie Robb who fired the ball past the Bretforton keeper.

The Bretforton side was young, fast, well drilled and desperate to win the match.  Stroud tired slightly in the last 15 minutes of the game giving just sufficient space for Bretforton to equalise.  GK, Aleasha Holder, was once more phenomenal in goal;  the defence stopped many of the Bretforton attacking runs but on at least half a dozen occasions the captain had to stop a direct shot on goal.  In the closing minutes Bretforton had a run of short corners but the determined Stroud team did enough to come away with a valuable league point.

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STROUD LADIES 2nd TEAM ON THEIR WAY UP

22 November 2014 at 17:11

 

Stroud Ladies 2nd X1 were always in control of this match against Ross on Wye and played the first 20 minutes of the game in the Ross 25 yard area.  It was therefore completely against the run of play when Ross broke away and scored from a well taken shot at the edge of the 'D'.  Stroud responded immediately with a pass from Pauline Edgington to Hannah Smith on the left post saved by the keeper, but nicely tucked into the back of the net by Victoria Sharpe on the rebound.  Stroud's other goal was from an impressive short corner routine, with Hannah Scott striking the ball towards Candice Johnson on the left post, who neatly put it into the goal.  Another good performance from Stroud with Mopsey Voss taking command of the right defence to enable the forward to move up the pitch and into their opponents 'D'.  The team looked strong, effective and once more committed to the task in hand.

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Ladies Hockey 2nd X1 Stroud

15 November 2014 at 15:45

Stroud Ladies 2nd X1 played with passion, drive and determination to earn a well deserved point against this strong Cirencester side.  GK, Aleasha Holder was outstanding and the defence successfully controlled a constantly changing Cirencester forward line.  Each member of the team did what was required of them with aplomb:  the midfield carrying the ball forward and the attack firing ball after ball at a somewhat bemused Cirencester defence.  After a few weeks of trying new formations the team now looks lean and mean which bodes well for the remaining league games.

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Ladies Hockey 2nd X1 Stroud

15 November 2014 at 15:45

Stroud Ladies 2nd X1 played with passion, drive and determination to earn a well deserved point against this strong Cirencester side.  GK, Aleasha Holder was outstanding and the defence successfully controlled a constantly changing Cirencester forward line.  Each member of the team did what was required of them with aplomb:  the midfield carrying the ball forward and the attack firing ball after ball at a somewhat bemused Cirencester defence.  After a few weeks of trying new formations the team now looks lean and mean which bodes well for the remaining league games.

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FORWARDS STILL ON FIRE

09 November 2014 at 10:23

Stroud Ladies 2nd X1 took some time to settle during this match but in the final fifteen minutes the pressure exerted by Stroud was overwhelming for the Old Bristolians team. Stroud were awarded a string of short corners, with strikes missing the goal by inches.  Sandra Glass and Helen Summers guested in the right and left back positions respectively and their canny tackling was needed on many occasions.  Stroud's movement up the pitch this week was impressive, with some fine passing on both the left, between Emma Hall and Harriet Smith, who scored both goals, and on the right between Carrie Sanders and Candice Johnson.  Jordan Turnbull left her sweeper role during the second half and was instrumental in influencing the short corners.

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Goals galore as attack surges forward

01 November 2014 at 14:52

Stroud Ladies 2nd X1 were always in control of this match with their attacking runs looking increasingly dangerous.  Goals came from forwards Carrie Sanders, Harriet Smith and Evie Robb (2) with Hannah Scott being unlucky with a number of her shots going just wide.  Stroud's midfield and defence formed a solid partnership, building the attack from the back and keeping control of the ball in the vital midfield area.  Stroud had focused on attacking moves at training and that work paid dividends in the match.  Lansdown's goal came early in the first half but the team did not come close to scoring during the second half.  A great result for Stroud and one they will be hoping to replicate when the league starts again in 2 weeks time.

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