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STROUD LADIES 2nd X1 - TWO WINS IN TWO WEEKS!

31 January 2015 at 17:23

Another great performance from the Stroud Ladies 2nd X1, this week against the bottom of the table.  Having beaten the top of the table last week and lost to this Cirencester team at home Stroud were determined to carry forward their momentum from last week's win against the top of the table.  The energy was palpable and from the whistle the Stroud side were attacking and creating challenges for the Cirencester defence.  It was a great solo run from Hannah Scott that gave Stroud the lead after only 10 minutes.  From then on Stroud continued to fire shots at the Cirencester goal and had to defend a number of Cirencester short corners.  Emma Forrest played a vital role at one of the defensive corners with Candice Johnson energetically ensuring that the Cirencester team could not equalise.  A further 3 points for the Stroud team.

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STROUD LADIES 2ND X1 SURPRISE THE TOP OF THE LEAGUE

24 January 2015 at 16:08

Stroud had command of this match from the first whistle and looked the better team throughout, surprising top of the league Cheltenham.  The Stroud attack was smooth, seamless and efficient with the forwards working together as an effective unit.  All 3 forwards were involved with the goals, a well struck pass from Hannah Scott finding Harriet Smith in front of goal and 2 goals from Evie Robb.  Evie's second was a fine breakaway goal, finished with a flamboyant slap to beat the despairing Cheltenham keeper.  The defence of Emma Forrest (welcome back!), Mopsey Voss, Teigan Hurlock (welcome to the side!), Aleasha Holder (captain and keeper) and Pauline Edgington fought hard to stem the attack from Cheltenham.  The midfield played an essential role in moving the ball from the defence into attack, with Victoria Sharpe, Candice Johnson, Sandra Glass and Sian Freer controlling play in the middle of the pitch.  Stroud defence was under sustained assault from Cheltenham short corners, but the Cheltenham goal came in the final 10 minutes from open play.  A great victory for Stroud and 3 well deserved league points.

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Stroud L1 Shock Leaders

19 January 2015 at 09:48

Stroud L1 caused a shock on Saturday, putting Division leaders, Jaspers, to the sword.  In a bottom v top clash, the bare 11 players from Stroud were not really anticipating victory, but a tremendous team effort and some neat hockey proved too much for the visitors.  Stroud took the lead in the first half through a well-placed Ellie Towler short corner strike and went 2:0 up before half time when Claire Crosthwaite’s goal-bound shot was deflected by a defender over the Jaspers’ keeper.  Within a minute of the second half starting, Stroud’s lead was halved and a torrid 15 minute spell could have meant curtains for them.  Their resolute attitude, self-belief and team spirit paid dividends and they frustrated the visitors by hanging on to claim all 3 points in a game from which they never expected anything.  Super stuff – keep it going for the rest of the season.

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STROUD LADIES 2ND X1 GAIN A POINT

18 January 2015 at 18:59

This was an end to end match with both teams taking possession of the match on many occasions and causing havoc in their opponent's attacking circle.  Gloucester scored early in the first half from a scramble in the D.  Stroud's goal was a reward for some good, passing and accurate attack from the Stsroud forward line when Hannah Scott fired the ball into the D and Evie Robb deflected it past the Gloucester keeper.  Niether team was short of penalty corner practise!    Gloucester won a spate of short corners in the dying minutes of the game but the Stroud defence remained determined, calm and focused.  The score remained a 1-1 draw. 

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SHAKEN BUT NOT STIRRED

10 January 2015 at 16:45

The 2nd team had the full squad available under English Hockey Rules in order to give all players the opportunity to take part in a match before their league game next Saturday.  The game started well with a goal from Sian Freer and at that point Stroud was the dominant side.  Pucklechurch then began to capitalise on the fact that they had no GK and 'over filled' their forward line.  This left the Stroud side facing an additional attacker throughout the match and resulted in the team struggling to gain possession of the mid field.  Stroud would have liked a victory in this pre season friendly but they were playing a team that is currently 3rd in the league above and so benefitted from a match against stronger opposition. Stroud was a little shaken but not stirred and will rise to the challenge of their league match next Saturday.

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