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Both teams felt they should have won.  Both teams felt the other team could have won.  Both teams of players came out of the game with their heads held high and a draw was a fitting result.  In what was an end to end game Stroud played some of its best hockey of the season.  Stroud's passing, marking and tackling were impressive.  Players passed the ball well, anticipated balls from their team mates and ran into spaces to pick up precise passes.  It is difficult to pinpoint particular stars - captain (and keeper) Aleasha Holder made some important saves, sweeper Claire Crosthwaite picked up all the 'escapee' Newent players and Charlotte Bullock, Sophie Payne and (an out of position) Lizzie Woods 'stuck like glue' to the forwards they were marking.  The Stroud midfield and forward line were very impressive and it was Candice Johnson that scored Stroud's goal during the first half.  Newent equalised during the second half despite the incredible efforts of the Stroud defenders to stop the ball crossing the line.  Both teams had a goal disallowed.  Another point for the Sroud team in its committment to remain in Severn Division 2.

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