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The formation operated by Shipton Oliffe flummoxed the Stroud team for the first 20 minutes of the game, during which time Shipton scored 3 times.  For Stroud, whose natural style of hockey is free flowing and down the wings, the Shipton 'pack the middle' approach was initially difficult for Stroud to deal with.  All that changed in the last 10 minutes of the first half and the entire second half with as Stroud began to wrestle control from Shipton and play its free flowing hockey down each side of the pitch.  Stroud's defence of short corners was impressive and the team was unlucky not to score from the 2 short corners awarded during the game.  Stroud's goal came from a well taken deflection by Emma Crowe which left their keeper bemused.  A draw during the second half was a result of the team's constant ability to regroup, understand what's needed and then have the commitment to the task.  Shipton were top of the league before having 3 games postponed.

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