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23 October 2016 at 08:47

In facing Bourton's 2nd team Stroud L3 faced their toughest opposition to date.  Bourton has been relegated from the league above and fought very hard indeed for the win.  Stroud were physically overwhelmed during the first half but in the second half used a different type of play, new tactics and a more flowing style of hockey.  A deliberate foul on Sarah Scott resulted in Stroud being awarded a penalty flick and Karen Whitehead rose to the occasion, expertly putting the ball in the top corner of the net.  A little later Sophie Wathen was perfectly positioned on the left hand post to push the ball into the net for Stroud's second goal.  Stroud was on the up and unfortunately there was insufficient time for the team to pull back the first half deficit.  A great performance from the team:  defenders Sara Price(GK), Di Furlong, Cordy King, Ellie Freer and Pauline Edgington; in mid-field Sian Freer, Marsi Whelen and Kathy Williams; on the forward line Sarah Scott, Lydia Wakefield, Sophie Wathen and Karen Whitehead. The team may have been down on goals, but it was never out of contention!

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9 point haul for Stroud mens teams

16 October 2016 at 14:21

The mens side of Stroud Hockey Club scored 9 points and 15 goals from three very different games on saturday.

The mens first hosted local rivals Wotton under Edge at in a close, strongly contested match. No goals at half time set up a tremendous battle in the second half. Steven Ship put Stroud level after they went a goal behind, and then scored a brilliant deflection in the final few minutes to snatch a well earned three points against a very competent opposition.

Stroud mens seconds travelled away to Leominster a tough proposition at the best of times but made even more difficult by only being able to field 10 players. They came away 3-1 victors with a great team performance making up for the lack of numbers.

Stroud mens threes faced another team from Wotton at home. Following on from the great performance of the first team they took a commanding lead in the game and never looked to be under much pressure. 5 goals in the first half and then another 5 in the second gave Stroud a double digit victory at the final whistle. Good goals were scored in both halves, with returning Nigel Sherwood scoring a stunning narrow angle strike into the top of the net and Steve Batt adding another to the tally. Tim Norman scored twice with another narrow angle shot and deflection at the back post. Captain Chris Bargh battled hard in the D to score a couple himself and assist with several other goals. 2 Further goals each from Dom Creech and Alex Elder left Stroud with 4 hat trick avoiders but reflected the selflessness of the play in the oppositions D.

Special mention to a great performance from the Wotton keeper playing his first game in goal, he made several great saves including from a short corner drag flick.

All the mens team sit within the middle of their respective leagues, after a varied start to the season from the first three matches.

If this weeks performance can be carried forward they will have nowhere to go but onwards and upwards. 

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15 October 2016 at 15:11

In a tight game which saw Stroud time and time again block the advances of the Blockley team, at the final whistle it was Blockley that edged a win.  Some fantastic saves by guest GK Emma Crowe kept Stroud in contention throughout the game with her final save of the game worthy of a 'save of the day' award!  Blockley were the first to score and then Jenny Howorth pulled in the equaliser after some wonderful passing between herself, Issy Smith and Sophie Wathen.  Player of the match, Lydia Wakefield was rock solid in defence and the ball moved well through the midfield.  In the dying moments of the game Stroud were awarded 2 short corners and were unlucky not to convert the penalty corner to a goal.  A good performance from 12 players that each week regroups into a team, reforms with new members of the squad and which swiftly learns to play together.

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08 October 2016 at 18:41

Stroud Ladies' 3rd team started the game with energy, enthusiasm and speed, such that the Colwall side was overwhelmed and Stroud's attack was almost unstoppable.  Stroud was awarded 4 short corners which were well executed and saved by an expert Colwall keeper.  Under pressure for the first 15 minutes then the Colwall side sprung into action and scored 2 goals in fairly quick succession, one an easy goal the other a fabulous touch from a short corner. The Stroud team went into half time with a 2-0 deficit but as always with this team the players expound all their energy, expertise, commitment and drive until the end of the game and this paid off beautifully.  Sophia Binns scored for Stroud from a top of the 'D' strike and then a short corner, one of 4 Stroud was awarded in the second half, was successful with Player of the Match Sian Freer tucking the ball neatly into the goal from the left post.  It was still not easy for the Stroud team and GK Sara Price was called into dramatic action twice within the final 10 minutes to ensure that the Stroud team held Colwall to a draw.

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Stunning start as Stroud smash six

01 October 2016 at 21:20

Stroud B braved the weather and the traffic to face Ross on Wye. A bare 11 players lineup up to take on the challenge. With Bryn Nicol padded and dangerous in the goal with Ollie Roberts, Nigel Williams, Matt Watts and Bob Brewer taking up the rest of the defensive roles. A midfield mix of youth and experience in Sol Bowen, Alex Elder, Nick Hitchcroft and Zak Knight kept things tidy in the middle with Tim Norman and captain Chris Bargh taking care of the business end of the pitch.

Stroud started well, moving the ball around and keeping a good shape. A couple of early goals gave Stroud confidence, rocked slightly by conceding a goal after giving the ball away. Stroud found space in the middle of the pitch and moving forward as a unit kept the ball moving and finding opportunities to score.

In the second half Stroud again moved the ball well across the pitch and every player worked hard resulting in more goals improving their position. Despite conceding 2 goals from two very effective short corner strikes, Stroud came away winning 6 3 a hat trick from Tim Norman and goals from Alex Elder, Chris Bargh and Ollie Roberts made for a convincing start to the season. Bob Brewer was on top form at the back saving several shots on the line and Nigel Williams started his Stroud league carrer with a solid performance at centre back.

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01 October 2016 at 17:32

Stroud L3 held Cirencester to a 0-0 draw in the second half of this away match and were unlucky not to have found the net on a number of occasions.  There were some fabulous moves between Cordelia King and Sophie Wathen with Di Furlong and Marsi Whelan working terrifically together at the back.  There were some good attacking moves, good ball control and super passes.  It took the Stroud team a while to settle and it was during the first 15 minutes that 2 of the goals were scored, the 3rd from a short corner right on half time.  Jade O'Connell was fantastic as a stand-in GK and stopped many shots from the Cirencester side, so many in fact that she was voted player of the match!

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