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This friendly saw Stroud take on Cirencester in a home game. With many of the 1st XI missing it was a great opportunity to see some of the 2nd XI step up and fill in the gaps. Stroud players settled in nicely together and were quick to start playing as if they had played together every week. Cirencester also started strongly and had equal amounts of possession to Stroud. It was a high intensity game with fast ball pace and fast runners on both sides. Stroud did well to absorb the pressure from the Cirencester attach and were able to clear any ball that came their way. The opening goal came from Lucy Moule for Stroud following a nice passing game between the mids and attacks. Cirencester were quick to responds and almost immediately scored a goal themselves. This was very much the pattern for the whole of the first half. At half time the score was Stroud 4 Cirencester 3. Lucy Moule getting the other 3 for Stroud.


Following a brief-half time talk Stroud went straight back to it, tightening up the marking on their players and ensuring that they pre-scanned before passing the ball. This made it harder for Cirencester to get the breaks and interceptions they wanted and Stroud continued to apply constant pressure. Cirencester did manage to equalise but Cerys King quickly found the back of the net for Stroud to re-gain the lead. In the last 10 minutes Cirencester scored an equaliser meaning that as the final whistle blew the score was Stroud 5 Cirencester 5.


Player of the match went to Emma Boyd in midfield for not only being on her second match of the day but also worked her socks off to support both the attack and defence. It was also her first appearance in the 1st XI. 

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