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POLISHED PERFORMANCE AGAINST THE TOP OF THE LEAGUE

19 March 2016 at 15:44

Chipping Campden are top of the league and Stroud were delighted to take the lead in the first half and put 2 goals past the Campden keeper.  An inch perfect pass from Freya Robb to Hannah Scott provided the opportunity for Hannah to 'fly' into the attacking D and fire the ball past the Campden keeper.  Stroud's second goal came from a fabulous move down the right, initiated by Ellie Mapletoft, involving Katie Elder, Freya Robb and Iona Strang with the pass across the D enabling a well positioned Hannah Scott to reverse stick the ball into the goal.  As last week, the attacking move was a replica of the skills practised at training and it was inspiring to see the movement both on and off the ball.  Chipping Campden do not hold top spot in the league by failing to rise to a challenge and they did just that.  The Stroud defence was challenged many times with balls stopped on the line by keeper Aleasha Holder, sweeper Claire Crossthwaite and defender Charlotte Bullock.  Despite their determination, continued efforts and commitment the more youthful Stroud team was unable to beat the 'retrenched', experienced and equally determined Chipping Campden side.  The Stroud players left the pitch with their heads held high after a very polished performance. With one league match left this season the Stroud team will be aiming for 3 points to be absolutely certain that they remain in Severn 2.

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BATTERED BUT SPIRITS WERE UNBRUISED!

06 March 2016 at 14:04

The result does not reflect the commitment, determination and resolve of the Stroud team who played well and maintained their composure against a very much strengthened Badgers side.  There was some fabulous hockey from Stroud:  with a move that was a direct replica of Tuesday's training session Freya Robb, Hannah Scott and Victoria Sharpe moved around the 'D', pulled a Badgers defender and provided the perfect opening for Iona Strang to crack the ball home and open the scoring for Stroud.  Badgers immediately responded and the Stroud defence was under pressure for much of the game.  Some great saves by keeper Aleasha Holder ensured that the Stroud team left the pitch with their heads held high.

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Stroud Ladies 3rd XI - very well matched!

01 March 2016 at 16:26

Stroud Ladies 3rd XI and Hartpury College were pretty well-matched with the scoreline reflecting that fact! Iona Strang opened the scoring in the first half for Stroud, then Hartpury broke twice to score, nudging them ahead. The second half saw some super passing moves from Stroud, resulting in Harriet Smith pulling the scoreline equal with a goal from just in front of the keeper. The 3rd team is a development team and a mixture of experienced players, youngsters moving up from the junior Vixens' side and adults returning to hockey after a (sometimes substantial) break.  Everyone played well and there was some skilful, flowing and accurate hockey.

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