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Ladies 3rd team face fast opposition!

28 January 2017 at 16:21

Once again the Stroud team piled on relentless pressure in the final 10 minutes, this week against Colwall, and the team was unlucky not to have equalised.  The Colwall side started strongly and scored first:  Stroud's Karen Whitehead equalised moments later from a great move down the right wing.  Colwall then flooded the Stroud defence and at half time Stroud were 3-1 down.  Never daunted, disheartened or weakened the Stroud side honed its skills more tightly, settled down and a solo run from Sophie Payne provided a second goal for the team.  There was lots to be proud of in the match, the passing was accurate, Stroud's retention of the ball in the second half was excellent and the runs to the back line with subsequent passes into the circle were well drilled.  A smashing pass from Marsi Whelan, deflected in front of goal by Karen Whitehead just touched the side of the Colwall's keeper's pads and went wide.  A frustrating result but a good performance against a young, well drilled side.

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22 January 2017 at 11:09

Stroud Ladies 3rd team are 6th in the table and played incredibly well against Cirencester who are in 3rd place.  Having scored no goals in the away game against Cirencester, Stroud scored 2 excellent gaols at home;  one a lovely passing move up the pitch initiated by Sophie Wathen and finished off with determination by Issy Smith.  The other from a well taken short corner and the routine was precisely that practised the previous Tuesday:  a well struck ball from Jenny Howorth was pushed into the net at the left hand post by Kathy Williams.  The Cirencester attack was fast and furious and always a challenge but the entire Stroud team fought hard to contain the higher placed team and in the last 15 minutes of the game Stroud were the much stronger side and unlucky not to score that illusive equaliser.

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08 January 2017 at 10:56

The Stroud team's incredible enthusiasm meant that during the first half everyone wanted to be involved in the game at every stage and the team structure became unstuck.  During the second half the structure was regained and the team settled into its normal rhythm.  There were some great moves from Karen Whitehead to Sarah Scott on the wing and good  'moving into space' from all the other forwards (Issy Smith, Mandi Lewis, Sophie Wathen)  The team's attack was particularly impressive this week.  Stroud did not have the game all its own way and the result reflects the tussle in this game with the ball moving from end to end throughout the match.   Keeper Sara Price made some important saves, with defenders Lydia Wakefield, Jules LeBihan, Sian Freer, Marsi Whelen and Pauline Edgington all making inch perfect tackles at key times in the game.  Kathy Williams was unlucky not to be awarded a penalty for her direct shot on goal. Player of the match, voted for by the team, was Issy Smith.

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