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Archive For 'September, 2015'

DETERMINED FORWARDS ENSURE A DRAW FOR STROUD

26 September 2015 at 18:06

Stroud started the match as they planned to continue, by retaining possession of the ball.  It was this passing, accuracy and control that hinted at the determination to come.  The midfield of Kathy Williams, Sian Freer, Freya Robb and Victoria Sharpe stopped much of the Shipton attack, ably supported by defenders Ellie Mapletoft, Teigan Hurlock, Pauline Edgington and keeper/captain Aleasha Holder.  Stroud were unluck to conceded 2 well worked goals from Shipton Oliffe during the first half but a stunning goal from (back to top form) Debbie Ratcliffe meant that just before half time Stroud were back in the game.  The forward line of Iona Strang, Lizzie Woods, Hannah Scott and Debbie Ratcliffe fought hard to score the elusive 2nd goal and it was Hannah Scott, in her final match before leaving Stroud for university, who scored the equaliser from a short corner.  Keeper Aleasha Holder was brought in to action in the dying minutes of the game and the ball was finally swept from the D by Ellie Mapletoft to give Stroud a well deserved draw.  Stroud had played the ball wider in the second half and as a result the tiring Shipton team had found it difficult to keep up the pace shown during the first half.

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Stroud Ladies 2nd X1 - half time turn around

20 September 2015 at 12:08

Stroud Ladies 2nd X1, buoyant after last week's match, came up against a tougher opposition this week and took some time to settle into their stride.  Yate scored 3 goals in the first half but only 1 in the second half when Stroud's marking was tight, the midfield focused on stopping through balls to the Yate forwards and the Stroud attack worked as a unit.  Stroud's defence of Yate's penalty corners was impressive and Stroud was unlucky not to score from its own, well deserved, short corner.

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Ladies 2nd team off to a cracking start!

12 September 2015 at 16:08

Stroud Ladies 2nd X1 started the season with aplomb with a fabulous show of pacy, accurate and well-thought out hockey.  The Stroud and Wotton teams were fairly evenly matched with both keepers kept busy but it was a fine shot from Sian Freer who opened the season's scoring for Stroud.  There were some fabulous moves across the pitch, up the wings and into the 'D'.  The Stroud forwards were fast and furious and looked likely to score on many occasions.  The mid-fielders were dominant in the centre of the pitch which prevented Wotton from achieving the breaks they wanted.  The defence was on its mettle and some fabulous marking and tackling meant the Wotton attack was stopped time after time.  The team has a number of returners and new members this season:  it is credit to every member of the squad that the team looked composed, well practised, united and confident.  A great start to the season!

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