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L2: Ellie and Emily - 2 goals each!

28 January 2018 at 22:00

Ellie Freer scored twice in the first half, each time slipping the ball past the keeper on the left hand post ably assisted by Kanyana Mutalindwa's nifty dribbling into the D. Cirencester got one back at the start on the second half. Stroud 2 reacted, mounting attack after attack, wearing down the Cirencester defence, Emily Jones scoring a third from a deflection off the Cirencester keeper's pads. Stroud 2's final and fourth goal, also from Emily, came from well worked passing between Amy Lloyd-Jones and Victoria Sharpe.

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L3 - PACKING THE MID-FIELD WORKED!

27 January 2018 at 16:02

The 'magnificent 9' drove into Evesham with all guns blazing, to face the top of the league.  Pre-match strategy discussions resulted in GK Sara Price being allocated the role of both sweeper and GK.  4 mid-fielders were put in place to oscillate backwards and forwards to support the defence and attack as required;  each player watching their team mates to ensure that there was cover at the front and at the back.  The team's single forward, Anne Narbour, was to pull the Bretforton defence with her sprints up the pitch, allowing space for mid-fielders Hannah Scott, Marie-Louise Finch, Sarah Scott and Marsi Whelan to surge forward and pressure the Bretforton defence. The pressure exerted on the Bretforton defence was impressive.  The Breforton GK was a county GK for a number of years so the team had its work cut out to pass her.  Stroud were awarded several short corners and a penalty flick.  The defenders, Sophie Payne, Kathy Williams and Pauline Edgington worked tirelessly to prevent the Bretforton attack from getting through and in her new 'sweeper' role GK was called upon throughout the match to stop Bretforton from scoring.  Bretforton scored once in the first half and twice in the second half as their greater numbers began to tell.  This was the perfect strategy to hold the top of the league!  A great performance from the L3 whose stopping skills are exceptional and whose ability to keep control of the ball is one of its greatest strengths, particularly when outnumbered.  The 'magnificent 9' hope to gather a few more players for next week's home match! 

 

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L2 defeat the odds and draw 1-1

21 January 2018 at 21:53

Despite being unable to field a full team, Stroud Ladies 2's maintained their position as 2nd in Severn 2 drawing to Colwall&Malvern. Stroud played its game -accurate passing, moving into space and great marking from the start. Colwall, only once used their extra man to their advantge wscoring just before half time from a set piece pass from just outside the 23m line.

The second half saw Stroud convert an early short corner with Mopsy Voss' perfectly aimed equaliser from the top of the D. For the remainder of the game, Stroud's defence - Bev King, Cordy King, Lydia Wakefield and GK Emma Crowe continued to frustrate Colwall, Bev making a crucial save off the line in the closing minutes, keeping the scorre 1-1.

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L2 defeat the odds and draw 1-1

21 January 2018 at 21:53

Despite being unable to field a full team, Stroud Ladies 2's maintained their position as 2nd in Severn 2 drawing to Colwall&Malvern. Stroud played its game -accurate passing, moving into space and great marking from the start. Colwall, only once used their extra man to their advantge wscoring just before half time from a set piece pass from just outside the 23m line.

The second half saw Stroud convert an early short corner with Mopsy Voss' perfectly aimed equaliser from the top of the D. For the remainder of the game, Stroud's defence - Bev King, Cordy King, Lydia Wakefield and GK Emma Crowe continued to frustrate Colwall, Bev making a crucial save off the line in the closing minutes, keeping the scorre 1-1.

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L1 - WIN FOR STROUD IN THE REMATCH!

21 January 2018 at 14:08

Stroud hosted Lydney in the 2nd league game back after Christmas. Stroud knew it was going to be a tough game following on from a previous 5-1 defeat. As soon as the game began Stroud maintained their composure and played their own game.  Lydney also started well demonstrating some lovely passages of play with great triangles; possession was 50/50. Stroud decided to 3/4 press the opposition which worked brilliantly with Lydney struggling to get the ball through and break it down. This resulted in Stroud finding the back board via Cerys King following a long corner. At half time the score was 1-0 to Stroud.

Following the break Lydney didn’t miss any chances and were quick to equalise. Stroud then tightened their marking and upped the intensity.  This worked well for Stroud who managed to get another 2 goals in the second half. One from Amy Lloyd-Jones with a fabulous deflection and the other from Lucy Moule. The final score was Stroud 3 Lydney 1. Player of the match went to Cerys King who held the middle of the pitch excellently. 

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L3 - PLAYING AS A UNIT = 3 POINTS!

20 January 2018 at 17:56

This match was Stroud 3rd team at its best with swift ball movement, accurate passing and a determination to retain possession.  With 9 players at the whistle the team knew that it had to prevent the Colwall forwards from rushing the Stroud defensive goal and the strong passing, calling and interceptions made that a reality.  One of many athletic runs up the right of the pitch enabled Marie Louise Finch to push the ball past the Colwall keeper during the first half.

The team continued to put into action all the moves it had practised at training – passing wide, passing back and posting-up:  despite being short on players the team looked invincible.  Wonderful attack by Sarah Scott and Anne Narbour meant that Stroud looked dangerous time after time.  Megan Cooper, Marie Louise Finch and Marsi Whelan were rock solid in the middle of the pitch and it was their command of mid-field gave Stroud the edge.  Alice Taylor, normally a forward, was a natural at right back and she was ably supported by talented sweeper Sophie Payne.  Pauline Edgington at centre back was pleased to have Kathy Williams alongside her to keep the Colwall wing under lock-down.  GK Ella Bullock again stepped in at just the right moment to save a certain goal in the second half and ensure that the Stroud team gained 3 points.  A fabulous birthday present for the captain!

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L2's winning Short Corner routine!

14 January 2018 at 17:28

Stroud Ladies 2 dominated the game, with wave upon wave of attack, however the Gloucester defence were making completing the task hard work. That is until Emily Jones managed to find the back of the net, 15 mins into the game from a front of goal scuffle. Gloucester pushed back and with a fortunate spin of a ball that looked like it was going wide, made the score 1-1. Stroud responded and despite winning numerous short corners, could not change the score line.  Mopsy Voss' short corner goal was disallowed just before half time. Stroud reformed in the second half and won a short corner in the first five minutes. This time Amy Lloyd-Jones converted Voss' pass at the top of D, to give Stroud a 2-1 lead and giving Stroud its fully deserved win.

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L1 - A NICE ROUND DOZEN TO KICK OFF 2018!

14 January 2018 at 14:39

Stroud's first league game following the Christmas break was against Old Bristolian's 3rd team. Stroud had a strong side and everyone worked well together from the start of the game. Stroud were quick to attack and put pressure on the Old Bristolian's defence. Although Old Bristolian's absorbed this pressure well, Stroud were persistent in their play and this paid off with several goals in the opening 15 minutes. All Stroud's goals came from the team maintaining good shape and passing the ball around. Old Bristolians managed to beat the defence and sneak one into the back of the net just before half time. The score going into the break was 8-1

Stroud knew the opposition were going to come back out of half time fighting so they upped the tempo, tightened the marking and ensured that all 50/50 balls were won by Stroud. This worked well and Stroud went on to score more goals. As the Stroud team started to tire it allowed Old Bristolians to get back on the score sheet and get 2 goals before the final whistle. Stroud played at a high intensity throughout the whole game with great ball pace. All this was great to see so soon after the Christmas break and makes the rest of the season look promising. The final score was Stroud 12 Old Bristolians 3.

The goals came from Lucy Moule (5),  Cerys King (2), Kyishia Cooke (2), Emily Campbell (1), Freya Robb (1) and Clare Oliver (1). Player of the match went to Freya Robb who had an amazing game as centre mid distributing the ball well.

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L3 - SUPERB BALL SKILLS - 7 PLAYERS KEEP CONTROL!

13 January 2018 at 16:35

Taking on the 2nd in the league with only 7 players was not the original game plan, or even plan B!! Fortunately the cavalry arrived within 10 minutes to push the team up to 10 players and to provide much needed support.  As always with the L3 team, the passing was accurate, fast and direct.  Collection of those passes was just as sharp and it is these skills that stood the team in good stead for the entire game.  Player of the match, GK Sara Price, was bombarded from the first whistle and 'the force' was certainly with her as she saved shot after shot.  Not to be outdone, Kathy Williams, playing out of position as LB, also pushed a Blockley shot off the line.  Sophie Payne's tackling skills have been exemplary over recent weeks and today proved to be no exception as she took the sweeper role.  She plus 'silky skills' mid-fielder Tabitha Dickson were voted players of the match.  Jules Le Bihan, Marsi Whelan and Pauline Edgington were under constant attack and fought with intention to stem the Blockley forwards.  Anne Narbour, playing for the first time in the team, was an incredible asset as she, Hannah Scott and Sarah Scott surged forward time and time again.  With only 7 for the first few moments of the game and with only 10 players for the rest of the game the team was delighted to have prevented Blockley from scoring during open play.  Both the Blockley goals came from short corners.

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L3 - CHRISTMAS PUD TAKES ITS TOLL!

13 January 2018 at 16:22

L3's arrived to a frosty (but not frozen) pitch, full of New Year cheer and turkey dinner excess!

With Stroud's 11 vs Thornbury's 14 person squad, the match began. Naturally, Stroud looked to the Captain (CB) for command and leadership but unfortunately she was away Skiing, so it fell to Marsi (CH/CB) to step in. The new Stroud defence took a while to establish itself and within the first 8 minutes Thornbury was on the score sheet;  a second followed swiftly making it 0-2 before half-time. Stroud soon settled and from a fantastic break through the mid-field, Hannah (CF) had an accurate shot on goal, unfortunately the whistle was blown a matter of seconds before, for a Thornbury foot inside the D of which Stroud were unable to convert from the awarded shortcorner.

In the second half Stroud created some lovely movement of the ball with the forwards Sarah (LF) Hannah (CF) and Leonie (RF) all putting in some great runs and shots on goal. The midfield of Tabitha (LH) Megan (CB/CH) and Marie-Louise (RH) worked tirelessly to help defend and create attacking opportunities.  Special recognition for the defence Amiee (LB) Sophie (Sweeper) and Jules (RB) who all worked hard in the second half after some relentless pressure from an ever changing, fresh legged, Thornbury side who made it 0-3 before the final whistle was blown. Players of the Match were Tabitha and Sophie

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