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31 October 2015 at 16:24

This is the first season for Stroud's 3rd team and the team attacked today's match with enthusiasm, drive and ambition.  During the first half Stroud were the more dominant team with Charlotte Bullock working well in the sweeper role ably supported by two back-from-retirement veterans Di Furlong and GK Helen Summers.  Stroud's attack was penetrating and the team was awarded a number of short corners from which it was unfortunate not to score.  Katie Elder had some great runs up the right hand side of the pitch and there were some great moves from Freya Robb who has the 'bounce it over the opponent's stick' technique down to a fine art.  Debbie Ratcliffe and Harriet Smith worked well together in attack and Elise le Francois was always in the right place at the right time.  As the Lansdown attack surged forward in the second half the mid-field had a particularly hard time containing them in what was a very fast game in Spanish style sunshine.

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L2 Fight Back Well

12 October 2015 at 18:29

Stroud's keeper, Aleasha Holder, was kept busy throughout this match against Newent and was called into action time and time again. The Newent attack was relentless, well orchestrated and it took Stroud until the second half to understand how best to deal with it through using the width of the pitch, passing back and retaining possession of the ball. When Stroud played their possession game it was difficult for Newent to break through. Some fine shots on goal by Iona Strang, Elise le Francois, Victoria Sharpe and Pauline Edgington were all well handled by the Newent keeper and it was a short corner from one of these shots that enabled Candice Johnson to score Stroud's goal in the final minutes of the match.

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Deserved Win for L2

12 October 2015 at 16:27

Stroud played some fantastic hockey in this local derby against Cirencester with exceptional passing, movement on to the ball and marking. The forwards were on fire with their attacking moves swift, wide and determined. It was great to see the forward line working so well together moving into space, picking up balls down the line and creating space for their team-mates by pulling the Cirencester defenders wide. The mid-field and defence ably supported the attackers and made it extremely difficult for the Cirencester attack to enter the 'D'. When the challenges came the defence, led by captain Aleasha Holder closed rank, marked determinedly and ensured that Cirencester were unable to hit the back of the net. Stroud's goal was a fabulous run from the centre field into the circle by Freya Robb: her first time this season on the forward line and one which she clearly relished. Debbie Ratcliffe, looking to add to her goal tally, was disappointed to have a goal disallowed during the second half. Every player contributed to this week's victory and it would have been against the run of play if Stroud had not been awarded a very well deserved 3 points.

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M3 Make it 3 from 3

12 October 2015 at 10:40

Stroud men's 3rd XI gave captain Chris Bargh the perfect present for his recent fatherhood with a comprehensive 4:0 victory over visitors Lansdown C. To be honest, it was Lansdown who looked slightly sharper out of the blocks, but Stroud never really looked in danger. A mixture of ages yet again proved a useful combination. Zak Knight and James Testar were the youngest guns and again proved themselves, Testar's pace and Knight's growing confidence showing. There were a couple of interesting moments during the first half, Tim Norman having to rescue things from centre mid with a 3-on-1 nightmare scenario. Some fine passing from Stroud and a confident gait gave them the breakthrough. The goal of the game epitomised Stroud's team ethic. A superb cross field pass to Nigel Sherwood gave the veteran left winger the chance to drive down the line before he crossed to the far post where the athletic Steve Batt was on hand to semi-dive and 2-touch the ball into the goal. With Alex Elder and Norman finding plenty of space in centre midfield, the surrounding players' movement made it easy for them to find passes. Everybody did their bit and Stroud came away with a 3rd League win from 3.

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04 October 2015 at 17:41

On its very first appearance, Stroud's 3rd X1 gave an impressive performance with some terrific passing, marking and intercepting.  The club's junior coaching over the past few years has meant that there is a flow of excellent young players joining the adult ladies and this match was a combination of young players and experienced players.  Charlotte Bullock played well as sweeper during the first half with the experience of Teigan Hurlock and Sophie Powell breaking down the Hartpury attack.  Sian Freer brought strong match play experience and daughter Ellie focused on tight man-to-man marking. Jenny Howorth was excellent as an attacking mid-fielder and experienced, calm and accurate keeper, Jordan Turnnbull, ensured that the Stroud team maintained a clean sheet.   The forwards were outstanding, with Megan Campbell, Elise le Francois and Freya Robb seemingly having played together for years, such was their anticipation of the movement of their fellow forwards.  A fabulous run up the pitch from Megan allowed Elise to neatly score Stroud's first goal and a fabulous short corner move from Jenny Howarth and Freya Robb enabled Elise to score Stroud's second goal.  Experienced mid-fielders Kathy Williams and Victoria Sharpe ensured that the links between the defence and forwards were well managed and timely.   A great start for the new team.

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