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25 February 2017 at 15:28

The score completely belies the fantastic hockey played by Stroud against top of the table, Bourton 2nd team.  The successful implementation of a number of short corners kept the Bourton keeper busy and the movement of the Stroud forwards in the 'D' was particularly impressive this week.  Sarah Scott was unlucky to have her close range shot on goal saved twice.  There was a great performance in defence too from sweeper Di Furlong, left back Lydia Wakefield, GK Sara Price and 'player of the match' Jules LeBihan. The movement of the ball in the first half, square, back and straight enabled Stroud to retain possession and Stroud was in the ascendance with the home side just a goal behind. 

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11 February 2017 at 16:00

Despite the cold weather this plucky Stroud team were on fire!  Right from the whistle Stroud took the game to Painswick and within the first 20 minutes were awarded with 3 well taken short corners.  Stroud too were put under pressure with a number of Painswick shots going wide of the goal and half a dozen shots on goal being expertly dealt with by Stroud GK, Sara Price.  Stroud had practised square and straight passes on Tuesday evening and again as a warm up exercise at the match and the team used the skills to fantastic effect, particularly in the midfield.  Marsi Whelan controlled midfield with some strong, accurate square passes to Karen Whitehead and Sophie Payne.  Use of the straight ball was beautifully demonstrated by Kathy Williams, Mandi Lewis and Sarah Scott, whilst Annie Hobbins rose to 'superstar' status when stopping 2 individual Painswick shots on the line.  Stroud's goal came in the second half from a great shot from Jenny Howorth, the culmination of some fantastic attacking work by her and Annabel Wigley.  The defence of Di Furlong, Jules LeBihan and Pauline Edgington produced some accurate passing and tight marking.  The average distance travelled by each player this week was 2.6 miles and the player of the match was Marsi Whelan.

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04 February 2017 at 16:33

Stroud Ladies 3rd team played this match with endless enthusiasm, commitment and energy.  This week's opposition were 2nd in the table and it was always destined to be a tough game.  Two new players to fitted in to the team immediately:  Frankie Hobbins did a fine job of marking and Annabel Wigley is clearly an out and out forward.  Jules Le Bihan's save on the line was awe inspiring, Pip Robb's left wing runs effective and Annie Hobbins gave the Blockley centre forward very little room to move.  Stroud were unlucky not to score on a number of occasions with Sarah Scott and Karen Whitehead moving the ball up the right hand side of the pitch at pace.  They were thwarted many times as their 'on target' shots were saved by the Blockely GK.  Mandi 'flick the ball over the opponent's stick' Lewis was in the right place many times and Marsi Whelan's command of the midfield this week was awesome.  Captain Pauline Edgington had lost her voice and Emma Crowe stepped in to manage the team and to play in goal.  GK was a busy position and time after time Emma did a great job of fending off the Blockley attack.  Players of the match Marsi and Emma. Average distance covered by each team member .... 2.6 miles!

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