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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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