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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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