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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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Ladies 2's: Emily finds the top left corner!

06 January 2018 at 21:34

Stroud Ladies 2XI, currently 2nd in Severn 2, started the second half of the season taking on 3rd place Cheltenham 4. Stroud's solid defence of Sarah Tudor, Cordy King, Lydia Wakefield, GK Emma Crowe and Mopsy Voss made the Stroud goalline almost impenetrable. A rare defensive breakdown early in the second half led to Cheltenham scoring first. Stroud replied with great shots on goal from Ellie Freer, Sophie Wathen, Elaine Noone, Georgia Ford and Lizzie Woods but to no avail. Victoria Sharpe then eventually set up Emily Jones at the top of the D, who spun round and scored in the top left corner to give a final score 1-1. MOM: Emily Jones

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Stroud L2 Win Top of Table Clash

02 December 2017 at 18:06

In an exciting end to end match, 2nd place Stroud Ladies 2 edged 3 points closer to top of the table opponents Evesham&Badsey. Emma Boyd started the scoring with a strike from the top of the D. Evesham then pulled 2 back before half time, despite countless unconverted strikes from Stroud. The second half saw Stroud pressing high, blocking in the Evesham defence. This gave Stroud the opportunity to keep testing the keeper, leading to two more goals - scorers Amy Lloyd-Jones and Sophie Wathen- giving a final score of 3-2. Star Player: Emma Boyd

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Stroud L2 win Top of the Table Clash

02 December 2017 at 17:36

In an exciting end to end match, 2nd place Stroud Ladies 2 edged 3 points closer to top of the table opponents Evesham&Badsey. Emma Boyd started the scoring with a strike from the top of the D. Evesham then pulled 2 back before half time, despite countless unconverted strikes from Stroud. The second half saw Stroud pressing high, blocking in the Evesham defence. This gave Stroud the opportunity to keep testing the keeper, leading to two more goals - scorers Amy Lloyd-Jones and Sophie Wathen- giving a final score of 3-2. Star Player: Emma Boyd

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Stroud L2 win Top of the Table Clash

02 December 2017 at 17:36

In an exciting end to end match, 2nd place Stroud Ladies 2 edged 3 points closer to top of the table opponents Evesham&Badsey. Emma Boyd started the scoring with a strike from the top of the D. Evesham then pulled 2 back before half time, despite countless unconverted strikes from Stroud. The second half saw Stroud pressing high, blocking in the Evesham defence. This gave Stroud the opportunity to keep testing the keeper, leading to two more goals - scorers Amy Lloyd-Jones and Sophie Wathen- giving a final score of 3-2. Star Player: Emma Boyd

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L2 - 2 Goals from 2 Strikes

26 November 2017 at 09:03

Stroud Ladies 2's travelled away to Ross On Wye with the bare eleven. From the start, Ross made the most of their home advantage pressuring the Stroud defence -Bev King, GK Emma Crowe, Di Furlong, Pauline Edgington, Cordy King. Ross eventually scored their first, immediately answered by Claire Crosthwaite with her first touch in the D unfortunately also followed by Ross scoring again. The second half saw Ross score 2 more in five minutes. The midfield Victoria Sharpe, Lizzie Woods (capt) and Emma Boyd with winger Sophie Payne worked hard to move the ball forward only to find the Ross defence. Finally Stroud found form and Woods timed a great pass to Ellie Freer at the top of D, converting Strouds second strike into its second goal. Ross were the stronger side and scored once more but during the match Stroud showed that given the opportunity, the back board is always within reach.

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L2 - Cordy the Brave

18 November 2017 at 17:35

Stroud Ladies 2 very wet game against Shipton Oliffe consisted of end to end hockey with numerous saved Stroud strikes. The resilient defence Bev King, GK Emma Crowe, Mopsey Voss, Cordy King and Lizzie Woods kept Stroud in the game. With 5 minutes to go Cordy King sprinted top D and bravely held her own against a very solid short corner strike to deflect the ball away from goal. In the last minute, Stroud finally broke down the Shipton defence, Ellie Freer scoring assisted by accurate passing around the keeper from Elaine Noone and Emma Boyd giving Stroud a 1-0 win.

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L2 - EMILY JONES SCORES A HATTRICK!

12 November 2017 at 10:28

Stroud Ladies 2's bounced back in style after losing to 1-0 to Colwall and Malvern last week and beat Cirencester 3, 5-0. Throughout the game, Stroud were constantly in the attacking D. After a few missed shots, Jones scored her first, shortly followed with a second goal from a mighty strike from Hannah Scott. The 3rd came from a great tackle by Victoria Sharpe just outside the D, converted to a deflected goal by Ellie Freer. Cirencester 3 stepped up in the second half but Stroud still dominated with a perfectly aimed shot from Emily Jones. Not happy with only 2, Jones got her hat trick through quick reactions in the last short corner of the game.

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Stroud 2 dominate Gloucester 4, 5-1

22 October 2017 at 12:15

Stroud Ladies 2XI took advantage of Gloucester 4's decision to play with a kicking back instead of a goal keeper with Elaine Noone and Mopsey Voss each hitting the back of the net within the first five minutes. Gloucester 4's started to take advantage of an extra outfield player, making it hard for Georgia Ford, Sophie Wathen, Victoria Sharpe and Emma Boyd to penetrate up both the left and right wing while Noone and Voss dominated the centre midfield. Then Iona Strang arrived, positioned herself at the top of D and scored with her first touch of the game. Elaine Noone scored her second, early in the second half from open play. Gloucester then pushed back and managed to convert a short corner, despite a strong defence from Claire Crosthwaite, Marcella Whelan, Ellie Freer and GK Emma Crowe.This was quickly replied by Stroud 2's neat 1-2 between Voss and Strang at the top of D, as Voss converted yet another short corner to make the final score 5-1.

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L2 FORWARDS ON FIRE!

15 October 2017 at 10:03

Stroud ladies 2s travelled to Cheltenham early on Saturday.

As normal Stroud started slowly, and found ourselves 1-0 down. Stroud started to play the ball around and used the wide areas. With some strong running from Emma Boyd Stroud won their first short corner, and with persistence Stroud's Victoria Sharpe equalised. 

Stroud decided to toughen up in the second half and battled hard being rewarded with a second goal this time from Emma Boyd. Cheltenham came back with lots of pressure but Stroud's defence stayed strong . With some more great running from Emma Boyd Stroud won and converted a short corner, with Elaine Noone hitting the spot, to make the final score 3-1 to Stroud.

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Tough at the Top for Ladies 2's

08 October 2017 at 17:51

Stroud Ladies 2's faced their toughest opposition this season against top of the table Evesham and Badsey. Stroud's defence were surpirsed early by overloading of players by Evesham in the D and conceded two early goals. Goalkeeper Emma Crowe took charge and organised the defence and midfield to ensure no player was left unmarked. This opened up the opportunity for Emma Boyd to score Stroud's first goal from a great pass up the wing from Sophie Wathen. Then just before the half time whistle Evesham scored from a deflected short corner, score 1-3. Stroud regrouped and Sophie Wathen scored from Victoria Sharpe's short corner slip, 2-3 just after the half time whistle. Evesham then counter attacked to score their fourth and fifth which was answered by Georgia Ford's post deflection into the goal making the score 5-3. In the last ten minutes Stroud upped the pace even more with great passing and marking, and after many shots on goal, Emma Boyd scored her second of the match 5-4. Stroud kept the pressure going in the closing moments of the game but were unable to get the equaliser. This leaves Stroud still in second position in Severn 2 but with Evesham and Badsey a clear 3 points ahead. Star player: Emma Boyd

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L2 CONTINUE WINNING FORM!

01 October 2017 at 17:10

Stroud Ladies 2s  started slowly absorbing pressure by Ross from the whistle. Stroud’s passing game lead to prolonged periods of attack, perseverance paying off with a goal from Tabitha Dickson.

Stroud continued to attack and were unlucky not to score again in the first half. 

The second half started with Amy Lloyd-Jones picking up a through ball and with super stick skills & vision set up Tabitha Dickson for Stroud’s second. Ross weren’t finished either sending a barrage of shots towards in-form GK Emma Crowe. Stroud finished the match with a wonderful individual run and goal from Jenny Howorth.

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Ladies 2's v Newent 3 - 2nd half come back not enough!

18 November 2016 at 16:50

Stroud Ladies 2s V Newent 3s 19th November 2016 Away Stroud Ladies 2nd team arrived at Newent hockey club, feeling positive after a good match last week and Newents poor results this season in our league. Newent started straight out of the blocks scoring their first goal within 5 minutes, and adding to that with a second goal in their next attack. Still feeling shell shocked Stroud conceded yet another goal, founding ourselves 3-0 down after 20 minutes was not part of our plan. It seemed as if we had forgotten how to play hockey ? Which was very unhelpful and extremely bad timing ! With our pride at stake we started to move the ball around with a couple of good attacks between Iona & Hannah we looked like scoring, and more like team we were last week. we started to win a few short corners one of which Bev converted scoring her first goal for Stroud and finishing the half 3-1 to Newent. After having a good talking to by our lovely captain , we started the second half energised and full of belief we could get a result out of this match. The pressure soon paid off with another short corner, which was converted by Bev her second of the match and for Stroud. still applying pressure we were caught on the break Newent scored again, at this point Macca went on walk about up front winning a short corner which she converted with ease. Was this the turn around we needed? unfortunately not!!! Newent attacked again and scored their 5th goal. We were not prepared to give up.Once again Hannah attacked and converted a long range shot. final score 5-4 to Newent.

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Ladies 2 hold demoted Lansdowne 2 to a draw

18 November 2016 at 16:36

Stroud Ladies 2s V Lansdown Ladies 2s 15th November Home Stroud Ladies 2nd team turned up at Stratford Park Leisure centre,on a warm sunny afternoon to play their home match against Lansdown. Lansdown started very quickly and after their second attack scored a well worked goal. Strouds defence were put under a lot of pressure by the Lansdown forwards,but with some good movement and strong hitouts from Macca, Stroud hit Lansdown on the break ,and with good skills and determination Iona Strang scored her first goal of the season! (Hopefully the first of many ) a hard fought first half finished (1-1). The second half started with the Stroud defence and midfield under pressure with continued attacks by Lansdown. Strouds defence of numerous short corners was first class and indirectly lead to Strouds second goal, as Macca sent a lovely ball to Cerys King on the left, who ran down the pitch into the D beating Lansdown players as she went and lifted the ball over the out stretched goalkeeper and scoring. Lansdown come back at Stroud attacking for the remaining time of the match and eventually scoring their equaliser. Final score (2=2). Georgia Ford was named player of the match for her solid work in midfield.

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Ladies 2 hold demoted Lansdowne 2 to a draw

18 November 2016 at 16:36

Stroud Ladies 2s V Lansdown Ladies 2s 15th November Home Stroud Ladies 2nd team turned up at Stratford Park Leisure centre,on a warm sunny afternoon to play their home match against Lansdown. Lansdown started very quickly and after their second attack scored a well worked goal. Strouds defence were put under a lot of pressure by the Lansdown forwards,but with some good movement and strong hitouts from Macca, Stroud hit Lansdown on the break ,and with good skills and determination Iona Strang scored her first goal of the season! (Hopefully the first of many ) a hard fought first half finished (1-1). The second half started with the Stroud defence and midfield under pressure with continued attacks by Lansdown. Strouds defence of numerous short corners was first class and indirectly lead to Strouds second goal, as Macca sent a lovely ball to Cerys King on the left, who ran down the pitch into the D beating Lansdown players as she went and lifted the ball over the out stretched goalkeeper and scoring. Lansdown come back at Stroud attacking for the remaining time of the match and eventually scoring their equaliser. Final score (2=2). Georgia Ford was named player of the match for her solid work in midfield.

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Ladies 2 hold demoted Lansdowne 2 to a draw

18 November 2016 at 16:36

Stroud Ladies 2s V Lansdown Ladies 2s 15th November Home Stroud Ladies 2nd team turned up at Stratford Park Leisure centre,on a warm sunny afternoon to play their home match against Lansdown. Lansdown started very quickly and after their second attack scored a well worked goal. Strouds defence were put under a lot of pressure by the Lansdown forwards,but with some good movement and strong hitouts from Macca, Stroud hit Lansdown on the break ,and with good skills and determination Iona Strang scored her first goal of the season! (Hopefully the first of many ) a hard fought first half finished (1-1). The second half started with the Stroud defence and midfield under pressure with continued attacks by Lansdown. Strouds defence of numerous short corners was first class and indirectly lead to Strouds second goal, as Macca sent a lovely ball to Cerys King on the left, who ran down the pitch into the D beating Lansdown players as she went and lifted the ball over the out stretched goalkeeper and scoring. Lansdown come back at Stroud attacking for the remaining time of the match and eventually scoring their equaliser. Final score (2=2). Georgia Ford was named player of the match for her solid work in midfield.

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A RIP ROARING END TO THE SEASON

04 April 2016 at 17:50

The final match of the season was just as fast and furious as those earlier in the season with the Stroud team on its mettle throughout the game.  Stroud had the most wonderful start with a fabulous goal within the first 5 minutes which started with a defensive pass from Ellie Mapletoft, moved through midfield management from Candice Johnson to the attack and an absolutely fabulous finish by Freya Robb.  Ross on Wye were right back in the game with a well taken short corner and Stroud were then on a mission to gain the 3 league points earned from a win.  Some fabulous work in midfield from Sophie Payne, Victoria Sharpe, Sian Freer and Charlotte Bullock enabled the forwards to continue their push forward with Claire Crosthwaite 'touching on' a ball in front of the goal to enable Harriet Smith to sneak the winner for Stroud.  Ross, in the relegation zone, were desperate for 3 points and the Stroud defence of captain Aleasha Holder, Bev King, Teigan Hurlock and Pauline Edgington had their work cut out to keep the ball out of the net but they were up to the task and the Stroud team finished an impressive season with a fabulous win.

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POLISHED PERFORMANCE AGAINST THE TOP OF THE LEAGUE

19 March 2016 at 15:44

Chipping Campden are top of the league and Stroud were delighted to take the lead in the first half and put 2 goals past the Campden keeper.  An inch perfect pass from Freya Robb to Hannah Scott provided the opportunity for Hannah to 'fly' into the attacking D and fire the ball past the Campden keeper.  Stroud's second goal came from a fabulous move down the right, initiated by Ellie Mapletoft, involving Katie Elder, Freya Robb and Iona Strang with the pass across the D enabling a well positioned Hannah Scott to reverse stick the ball into the goal.  As last week, the attacking move was a replica of the skills practised at training and it was inspiring to see the movement both on and off the ball.  Chipping Campden do not hold top spot in the league by failing to rise to a challenge and they did just that.  The Stroud defence was challenged many times with balls stopped on the line by keeper Aleasha Holder, sweeper Claire Crossthwaite and defender Charlotte Bullock.  Despite their determination, continued efforts and commitment the more youthful Stroud team was unable to beat the 'retrenched', experienced and equally determined Chipping Campden side.  The Stroud players left the pitch with their heads held high after a very polished performance. With one league match left this season the Stroud team will be aiming for 3 points to be absolutely certain that they remain in Severn 2.

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BATTERED BUT SPIRITS WERE UNBRUISED!

06 March 2016 at 14:04

The result does not reflect the commitment, determination and resolve of the Stroud team who played well and maintained their composure against a very much strengthened Badgers side.  There was some fabulous hockey from Stroud:  with a move that was a direct replica of Tuesday's training session Freya Robb, Hannah Scott and Victoria Sharpe moved around the 'D', pulled a Badgers defender and provided the perfect opening for Iona Strang to crack the ball home and open the scoring for Stroud.  Badgers immediately responded and the Stroud defence was under pressure for much of the game.  Some great saves by keeper Aleasha Holder ensured that the Stroud team left the pitch with their heads held high.

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FLUID HOCKEY IN BOURTON ON THE WATER!

27 February 2016 at 18:26

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FLUMMOXED BY THE FORMATION

20 February 2016 at 17:14

The formation operated by Shipton Oliffe flummoxed the Stroud team for the first 20 minutes of the game, during which time Shipton scored 3 times.  For Stroud, whose natural style of hockey is free flowing and down the wings, the Shipton 'pack the middle' approach was initially difficult for Stroud to deal with.  All that changed in the last 10 minutes of the first half and the entire second half with as Stroud began to wrestle control from Shipton and play its free flowing hockey down each side of the pitch.  Stroud's defence of short corners was impressive and the team was unlucky not to score from the 2 short corners awarded during the game.  Stroud's goal came from a well taken deflection by Emma Crowe which left their keeper bemused.  A draw during the second half was a result of the team's constant ability to regroup, understand what's needed and then have the commitment to the task.  Shipton were top of the league before having 3 games postponed.

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AIMING FOR GREATNESS AND GAINING 3 POINTS

06 February 2016 at 16:49

Stroud Ladies 2nd X1 were aiming for greatness this week and after winning their match against higher placed Bretforton they felt great indeed!  The Stroud side looked well composed throughout the match and high from last week's victory against Cirencester they used their passing skills, running with the ball abilities and accurate tackling to keep the Bretforton team under control.  There was some smashing work up the right hand side of the pitch between Lizzie Woods, Candice Johnson and Freya Robb.  No to be outdone, the left hand trio of Katie Elder, Kathy Williams and Harriet Smith were just as attacking.  With the Bretforton team playing much of the game in the centre of the pitch, it was down to the team's backbone of Iona Strang, Victoria Sharpe, Emma Crowe, Pauline Edgington, an impressive Hannah Scott as sweeper and keeper Aleasha Holder, to manage the attack.  All the goals were during the second half and Stroud's were expertly scored by Freya Robb and Iona Strang.

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NIP AND TUCK TO THE VERY END!

23 January 2016 at 20:45

Both teams felt they should have won.  Both teams felt the other team could have won.  Both teams of players came out of the game with their heads held high and a draw was a fitting result.  In what was an end to end game Stroud played some of its best hockey of the season.  Stroud's passing, marking and tackling were impressive.  Players passed the ball well, anticipated balls from their team mates and ran into spaces to pick up precise passes.  It is difficult to pinpoint particular stars - captain (and keeper) Aleasha Holder made some important saves, sweeper Claire Crosthwaite picked up all the 'escapee' Newent players and Charlotte Bullock, Sophie Payne and (an out of position) Lizzie Woods 'stuck like glue' to the forwards they were marking.  The Stroud midfield and forward line were very impressive and it was Candice Johnson that scored Stroud's goal during the first half.  Newent equalised during the second half despite the incredible efforts of the Stroud defenders to stop the ball crossing the line.  Both teams had a goal disallowed.  Another point for the Sroud team in its committment to remain in Severn Division 2.

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LADIES 2nd TEAM - GAME OF 4 HALVES!

28 November 2015 at 18:18

Stroud's eventual control of the mid-field, with a rotation of 4 players filling the 'half' roles meant that the Chipping Campden attack found it much harder to break through during the second half of the game.  Conceding goals from some extremely well practised short corner routines during the first half of the match, Stroud found it difficult to surge forward from the halfway line.  United in its determination to grasp the game, the team came out in the second half with some strong passing, good ball possession and some fine runs from the forwards earning them a corner from which Victoria Sharpe scored for Stroud.  Charlotte Bullock and Katie Elder, in their first league games were excellent at the left back position and their marking was commendable.  Ellie Mapletoft and Claire Crosthwaite were rock solid in defence and, having lost the first half 4 goals to 0, Stroud drew the second half 1 - 1 against this strong, top of the league, side.

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L2 had Badgers under their Control

16 November 2015 at 13:12

Stroud Ladies 2nd X1 were up to the challenge of this match against the higher placed Brockworth Badgers team. Badgers scored mid way through the first half from a well worked short corner. The Stroud goal was from open play, up the right hand side of the pitch with Harriet Smith, whom the captain asked to position herself near the post, knocking the ball into the net. This was an extremely competitive match with everyone playing at the top of their ability. Ellie Mapletoft and Iona Strang, as the sweeper and centre back respectively, cut out much of the Badgers central attack. The work between the defence, mid-fielders and forwards was startling in its fluidity. Jordan Turnbull, Candice Johnson, Hannah Scott and Freya Robb working well on the right, with Pauline Edgington, Sian Freer, Kathy Williams, Victoria Sharpe and Debbie Ratcliffe moving the ball up the left hand side of the pitch. The save of the day was from Stroud keeper, Aleasha Holder, who pushed the ball over the bar with her stick to deny Badgers a winning goal.
The Stroud team was itself unlucky not to score from a short corner in the final 2 minutes of the game.
A fabulous, high level performance from a team tha looked in control of the ball throughout the game. The passing square, back and up the line meant the Stroud team held the ball for the majority of the game to achieve a thouroughly deserved draw.

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L2 in Winning Form

16 November 2015 at 13:04

Stroud were determined to gain those all important points this week and worked hard to beat Bourton 2 goals to 1. Stroud's first goal came just before half time with a super pass from Ellie Mapletoft up the right wing to Kathy Williams, on to Debbie Ratcliffe who neatly passed it to Claire Crosthwaite in a good position on the penalty spot. Stroud's second goal was a solo run from Iona Strang who put the ball into the net from an almost impossible position on the base line. Bourton's most impressive player managed to elude her Stroud marker for just a moment and went on to score for her side. It was not enough to take the victory away from Stroud whose attack was very much on its mettle for the whole match. With a constantly rotating team of players and of positions the Stroud team had to be alert to changes through the match and it coped admirably. The passing was accurate, the marking excellent and the attack determined. The play was not as wide as the team usually operates in part as the halves and backs were pulled into the centre of the pitch to mark their Bourton opponents.

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LADIES 3rd TEAM SKILLS IMPRESSIVE

08 November 2015 at 18:47

The new ladies 3rd team continues to impress with some excellent passing, movement and attack in this match against Hartpury.  The score belies Stroud's command of the game with some fabulous, text book passing between Katie Elder, Freya Robb and Elly Freer.  Sweeper Charlotte Bullock was always alert to attack by Hartpury and the timing of the tackles by Lettie Adams were perfect.  The goal was a well worked movement of passing up the pitch and the ball was nicely slotted into the goal by Sophie Powell.  Hartpury's goals came from a well worked short corner and misundersatnding about which team had been awarded a free hit.

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NEW LADIES' 3rd TEAM FOUGHT HARD!

31 October 2015 at 16:24

This is the first season for Stroud's 3rd team and the team attacked today's match with enthusiasm, drive and ambition.  During the first half Stroud were the more dominant team with Charlotte Bullock working well in the sweeper role ably supported by two back-from-retirement veterans Di Furlong and GK Helen Summers.  Stroud's attack was penetrating and the team was awarded a number of short corners from which it was unfortunate not to score.  Katie Elder had some great runs up the right hand side of the pitch and there were some great moves from Freya Robb who has the 'bounce it over the opponent's stick' technique down to a fine art.  Debbie Ratcliffe and Harriet Smith worked well together in attack and Elise le Francois was always in the right place at the right time.  As the Lansdown attack surged forward in the second half the mid-field had a particularly hard time containing them in what was a very fast game in Spanish style sunshine.

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L2 Fight Back Well

12 October 2015 at 18:29

Stroud's keeper, Aleasha Holder, was kept busy throughout this match against Newent and was called into action time and time again. The Newent attack was relentless, well orchestrated and it took Stroud until the second half to understand how best to deal with it through using the width of the pitch, passing back and retaining possession of the ball. When Stroud played their possession game it was difficult for Newent to break through. Some fine shots on goal by Iona Strang, Elise le Francois, Victoria Sharpe and Pauline Edgington were all well handled by the Newent keeper and it was a short corner from one of these shots that enabled Candice Johnson to score Stroud's goal in the final minutes of the match.

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Deserved Win for L2

12 October 2015 at 16:27

Stroud played some fantastic hockey in this local derby against Cirencester with exceptional passing, movement on to the ball and marking. The forwards were on fire with their attacking moves swift, wide and determined. It was great to see the forward line working so well together moving into space, picking up balls down the line and creating space for their team-mates by pulling the Cirencester defenders wide. The mid-field and defence ably supported the attackers and made it extremely difficult for the Cirencester attack to enter the 'D'. When the challenges came the defence, led by captain Aleasha Holder closed rank, marked determinedly and ensured that Cirencester were unable to hit the back of the net. Stroud's goal was a fabulous run from the centre field into the circle by Freya Robb: her first time this season on the forward line and one which she clearly relished. Debbie Ratcliffe, looking to add to her goal tally, was disappointed to have a goal disallowed during the second half. Every player contributed to this week's victory and it would have been against the run of play if Stroud had not been awarded a very well deserved 3 points.

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DETERMINED FORWARDS ENSURE A DRAW FOR STROUD

26 September 2015 at 18:06

Stroud started the match as they planned to continue, by retaining possession of the ball.  It was this passing, accuracy and control that hinted at the determination to come.  The midfield of Kathy Williams, Sian Freer, Freya Robb and Victoria Sharpe stopped much of the Shipton attack, ably supported by defenders Ellie Mapletoft, Teigan Hurlock, Pauline Edgington and keeper/captain Aleasha Holder.  Stroud were unluck to conceded 2 well worked goals from Shipton Oliffe during the first half but a stunning goal from (back to top form) Debbie Ratcliffe meant that just before half time Stroud were back in the game.  The forward line of Iona Strang, Lizzie Woods, Hannah Scott and Debbie Ratcliffe fought hard to score the elusive 2nd goal and it was Hannah Scott, in her final match before leaving Stroud for university, who scored the equaliser from a short corner.  Keeper Aleasha Holder was brought in to action in the dying minutes of the game and the ball was finally swept from the D by Ellie Mapletoft to give Stroud a well deserved draw.  Stroud had played the ball wider in the second half and as a result the tiring Shipton team had found it difficult to keep up the pace shown during the first half.

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Stroud Ladies 2nd X1 - half time turn around

20 September 2015 at 12:08

Stroud Ladies 2nd X1, buoyant after last week's match, came up against a tougher opposition this week and took some time to settle into their stride.  Yate scored 3 goals in the first half but only 1 in the second half when Stroud's marking was tight, the midfield focused on stopping through balls to the Yate forwards and the Stroud attack worked as a unit.  Stroud's defence of Yate's penalty corners was impressive and Stroud was unlucky not to score from its own, well deserved, short corner.

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Ladies 2nd team off to a cracking start!

12 September 2015 at 16:08

Stroud Ladies 2nd X1 started the season with aplomb with a fabulous show of pacy, accurate and well-thought out hockey.  The Stroud and Wotton teams were fairly evenly matched with both keepers kept busy but it was a fine shot from Sian Freer who opened the season's scoring for Stroud.  There were some fabulous moves across the pitch, up the wings and into the 'D'.  The Stroud forwards were fast and furious and looked likely to score on many occasions.  The mid-fielders were dominant in the centre of the pitch which prevented Wotton from achieving the breaks they wanted.  The defence was on its mettle and some fabulous marking and tackling meant the Wotton attack was stopped time after time.  The team has a number of returners and new members this season:  it is credit to every member of the squad that the team looked composed, well practised, united and confident.  A great start to the season!

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STROUD LADIES 2nd X1 HIT THEIR TARGET!

29 March 2015 at 09:54

 

Stroud Ladies 2nd X1 set themselves the target of rising to 5th place in the table this season and they have done just that!  The committed squad fought hard for every point during the season and had some well deserved, impressive  wins during the second half.  Stroud's goal came from open play when Kathy Williams snatched space to put the ball in the net. This match against Bretforton was not one of their best and replicated in many ways the away fixture when, Stroud were winning at half time and Bretforton bounced back to score 3 goals in the last 30 minutes of the match.  There were some super passing moves from the Stroud side and the short corners were periously close to hitting their target.  Very well done for seting an objective and meeting it!   This season's squad:  GK & Captain Aleasha Holder, sweeper defenders Jordan Turnbull, Mopsey Voss, Sarah Mace, Pauline Edgington, Teigan Hurlock, Jemima Friend, Emma Hall, mid-fielders Sian Freer, Kathy Williams, Victoria Sharpe, Candice Johnson, Emma Forrest, Sandra Glass and forwards Carrie Sanders, Hanna Scott, Evie Robb, Harriet Smith, Iona Stang and Freya Robb,  Looking forward to next season already!

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LADIES 2nd X1 FLEXED BEAUTIFULLY

22 March 2015 at 11:08

Stroud flexed its muscles beautifully and many players showed their skill, flexibility and determination by playing out of position to ensure that the team fielded the strongest squad possible.  Ross opened the scoring but it was not long afterwards that a fantastic 'along the back line' strike from Stroud's Hannah Scott was in the back of the net. 

Stroud's defence was on its mettle throughout and the marking needed to be tight to contain the constantly changing Ross forward line.

There was some impressive across the pitch passing from Stroud as the team adapted to the 'attacking in triangles' formation of the Ross team.  With some quick, accurate, stick to stick passing the Ross were unable to match the pace of the ball and so Stroud's breaks were well executed and controlled.  Despite a number of short corners and a fabulous attacking move in the dying minutes of the match, Stroud was unable to score an additional goal but were pleased to take another league point.

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LADIES 2nd X1 FLEXED BEAUTIFULLY

22 March 2015 at 11:06

Stroud flexed its muscles beautifully and many players showed their skill, flexibility and determination by playing out of position to ensure that the team fielded the strongest squad possible. Ross opened the scoring but it was not long afterwards that a fantastic 'along the back line' strike from Stroud's Hannah Scott was in the back of the net.

Stroud's defence was on its mettle throughout and the marking needed to be tight to contain the constantly changing Ross forward line.

There was some impressive across the pitch passing from Stroud as the team adapted to the 'attacking in triangles' formation of the Ross team. With some quick, accurate, stick to stick passing Ross were unable to match the pace of the ball and so Stroud's breaks were well executed and controlled. Despite a number of short corners and a fabulous attacking move in the dying minutes of the match, Stroud were unable to score an additional goal, but were pleased to earn another league point.

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STROUD LADIES 2nd X1 DOMINANT

14 March 2015 at 18:09

Stroud Ladies 2nd X1 has gone from strength to strength and this dominant performance against Cirencester was characteristic of how the team has improved.  The defence was well organised, disciplined and accurate with its tackling:   the mid-field showing great skill, passing well, intercepting frequently and stopping the ball on a sixpence.  This strong support enabled the forwards to provide a staggering display of fluid, creative and speedy team work which put the Cirencester under pressure throughout the match.  The 3 short corners were well taken but Cirencester GK was quick around her goal and thwarted the Stroud forward team on all 3 occasions.  This result means that the Stroud team is well away from relegation and, with two matches to play, pushing for 4th spot in the division.

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Friendly Ladies Enjoy the Sun

09 March 2015 at 11:06

Stroud Ladies' 2nd XI hosted an Old Bristolians' side on Saturday in a friendly. The visitors were short of players and, in the spirit of sportsmanship, they were donated a court of Stroudies to even the sides to 10 apiece. The early breakthrough came from Harriet Smith, playing for the opposition. Her far post pick in mid-air was a nice finish, indeed. When Stroud used the space on the pitch to their advantage, they looked dangerous, particularly with the 3 youngsters, Iona Strang, Freya Robb and Teigan Hurlock, the former scoring twice, much to the delight of the supported who were enjoying unusually Spring-like sunshine. OBs showed their potential on many occasions, however, meaning goalkeeper and captain Aleasha Holder was called upon to make several telling saves. Mopsey Voss impressed again with a solid performance. All in all this was an enjoyable and a valuable exercise ahead of next weekend's League game.

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Deflections defeat Stroud

01 March 2015 at 14:51

Gloucester's use of deflections to score 3 out of the 4 goals was, ultimately, Stroud's undoing. Goals scored by a 'touch from the stick' rather than a precise shot on goal is not a technique used often in Severn Division 2!  The clash against the new 'top of the table' was always going to challenge the Stroud side, but buoyed by a series of wins over the past few weeks Stroud were keen to tackle the stronger opposition.  The Gloucester team was well drilled, mobile and knew where their team mates were on the pitch and what they were likely to do with the ball.  Stroud did well to try and contain the Gloucester side and made some good attacking moves and were rewarded by short corners on a number of occasions. 

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GOOD WARM UP FOR LEAGUE GAMES

22 February 2015 at 11:57

Victory in this match rested upon which side dominated the mid-field. In the first half Yate had control with their centre half and right half proving to be effective forwards and Yate scored before the half time whistle. During the second half Stroud's marking of those key players meant that Stroud had control of the midfield, allowing Ellie Towler to score with just 2 minutes remaining. Kathy Williams' marking and Jordon Turnbull's tackling were excellent and GK Aleasha Holder made a number of important saves as did the Yate keeper, to leave the final result a draw.

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3rd PLACE IN THE LEAGUE FOR LADIES 2nd X1

07 February 2015 at 17:15

Stroud fielded a team with a perfect mix of youth, experience and determination.  The Chipping Campden side had earlier in the season been top of the league and Stroud knew that it would be under pressure to pass well, stop the ball accurately and tightly mark the opposing forwards.  The marking was particularly challenging as the Chipping Campden team was constantly changing its formation and players were swapping from side to side throughout the game.  Another great pass from Hannah Scott allowed Evie Robb to fire the ball into the goal and put the Stroud team ahead in the first half.  Chipping Campden came out fighting and Stroud had to defend a run of short corners and some determined attack into its circle:  the Stroud defence reacted by raising its game to ensure that the good work by the forwards and midfielders in taking the lead was maintained.  The last 5 minutews of the match were dominated by Stroud's ex-Vixens players with the attack of Evie Robb, Iona Strang, Jemima Friend, ably supported by Teigan Hurlock in defence, running rings around the tired legs of the Chipping Campden side.  Another 3 points and a great result for the team.

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STROUD LADIES 2nd X1 - TWO WINS IN TWO WEEKS!

31 January 2015 at 17:23

Another great performance from the Stroud Ladies 2nd X1, this week against the bottom of the table.  Having beaten the top of the table last week and lost to this Cirencester team at home Stroud were determined to carry forward their momentum from last week's win against the top of the table.  The energy was palpable and from the whistle the Stroud side were attacking and creating challenges for the Cirencester defence.  It was a great solo run from Hannah Scott that gave Stroud the lead after only 10 minutes.  From then on Stroud continued to fire shots at the Cirencester goal and had to defend a number of Cirencester short corners.  Emma Forrest played a vital role at one of the defensive corners with Candice Johnson energetically ensuring that the Cirencester team could not equalise.  A further 3 points for the Stroud team.

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STROUD LADIES 2ND X1 SURPRISE THE TOP OF THE LEAGUE

24 January 2015 at 16:08

Stroud had command of this match from the first whistle and looked the better team throughout, surprising top of the league Cheltenham.  The Stroud attack was smooth, seamless and efficient with the forwards working together as an effective unit.  All 3 forwards were involved with the goals, a well struck pass from Hannah Scott finding Harriet Smith in front of goal and 2 goals from Evie Robb.  Evie's second was a fine breakaway goal, finished with a flamboyant slap to beat the despairing Cheltenham keeper.  The defence of Emma Forrest (welcome back!), Mopsey Voss, Teigan Hurlock (welcome to the side!), Aleasha Holder (captain and keeper) and Pauline Edgington fought hard to stem the attack from Cheltenham.  The midfield played an essential role in moving the ball from the defence into attack, with Victoria Sharpe, Candice Johnson, Sandra Glass and Sian Freer controlling play in the middle of the pitch.  Stroud defence was under sustained assault from Cheltenham short corners, but the Cheltenham goal came in the final 10 minutes from open play.  A great victory for Stroud and 3 well deserved league points.

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STROUD LADIES 2ND X1 GAIN A POINT

18 January 2015 at 18:59

This was an end to end match with both teams taking possession of the match on many occasions and causing havoc in their opponent's attacking circle.  Gloucester scored early in the first half from a scramble in the D.  Stroud's goal was a reward for some good, passing and accurate attack from the Stsroud forward line when Hannah Scott fired the ball into the D and Evie Robb deflected it past the Gloucester keeper.  Niether team was short of penalty corner practise!    Gloucester won a spate of short corners in the dying minutes of the game but the Stroud defence remained determined, calm and focused.  The score remained a 1-1 draw. 

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SHAKEN BUT NOT STIRRED

10 January 2015 at 16:45

The 2nd team had the full squad available under English Hockey Rules in order to give all players the opportunity to take part in a match before their league game next Saturday.  The game started well with a goal from Sian Freer and at that point Stroud was the dominant side.  Pucklechurch then began to capitalise on the fact that they had no GK and 'over filled' their forward line.  This left the Stroud side facing an additional attacker throughout the match and resulted in the team struggling to gain possession of the mid field.  Stroud would have liked a victory in this pre season friendly but they were playing a team that is currently 3rd in the league above and so benefitted from a match against stronger opposition. Stroud was a little shaken but not stirred and will rise to the challenge of their league match next Saturday.

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BRETFORTON WAS "ROBB'D"!

29 November 2014 at 16:12

 

The thrill of scoring first was sufficient to carry the Stroud ladies 2nd team to a second goal within a matter of minutes!  The team had struggled to find the net earlier in the season but some fine runs from the forwards were rewarded by 2 excellent oals for Stroud.  The first was from an inch perfect pass from Hannah Scott to Evie Robb who was nicely positioned on the penalty spot and the second was the result of a fine, hot footed, solo run from Evie Robb who fired the ball past the Bretforton keeper.

The Bretforton side was young, fast, well drilled and desperate to win the match.  Stroud tired slightly in the last 15 minutes of the game giving just sufficient space for Bretforton to equalise.  GK, Aleasha Holder, was once more phenomenal in goal;  the defence stopped many of the Bretforton attacking runs but on at least half a dozen occasions the captain had to stop a direct shot on goal.  In the closing minutes Bretforton had a run of short corners but the determined Stroud team did enough to come away with a valuable league point.

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STROUD LADIES 2nd TEAM ON THEIR WAY UP

22 November 2014 at 17:11

 

Stroud Ladies 2nd X1 were always in control of this match against Ross on Wye and played the first 20 minutes of the game in the Ross 25 yard area.  It was therefore completely against the run of play when Ross broke away and scored from a well taken shot at the edge of the 'D'.  Stroud responded immediately with a pass from Pauline Edgington to Hannah Smith on the left post saved by the keeper, but nicely tucked into the back of the net by Victoria Sharpe on the rebound.  Stroud's other goal was from an impressive short corner routine, with Hannah Scott striking the ball towards Candice Johnson on the left post, who neatly put it into the goal.  Another good performance from Stroud with Mopsey Voss taking command of the right defence to enable the forward to move up the pitch and into their opponents 'D'.  The team looked strong, effective and once more committed to the task in hand.

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Ladies Hockey 2nd X1 Stroud

15 November 2014 at 15:45

Stroud Ladies 2nd X1 played with passion, drive and determination to earn a well deserved point against this strong Cirencester side.  GK, Aleasha Holder was outstanding and the defence successfully controlled a constantly changing Cirencester forward line.  Each member of the team did what was required of them with aplomb:  the midfield carrying the ball forward and the attack firing ball after ball at a somewhat bemused Cirencester defence.  After a few weeks of trying new formations the team now looks lean and mean which bodes well for the remaining league games.

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Ladies Hockey 2nd X1 Stroud

15 November 2014 at 15:45

Stroud Ladies 2nd X1 played with passion, drive and determination to earn a well deserved point against this strong Cirencester side.  GK, Aleasha Holder was outstanding and the defence successfully controlled a constantly changing Cirencester forward line.  Each member of the team did what was required of them with aplomb:  the midfield carrying the ball forward and the attack firing ball after ball at a somewhat bemused Cirencester defence.  After a few weeks of trying new formations the team now looks lean and mean which bodes well for the remaining league games.

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FORWARDS STILL ON FIRE

09 November 2014 at 10:23

Stroud Ladies 2nd X1 took some time to settle during this match but in the final fifteen minutes the pressure exerted by Stroud was overwhelming for the Old Bristolians team. Stroud were awarded a string of short corners, with strikes missing the goal by inches.  Sandra Glass and Helen Summers guested in the right and left back positions respectively and their canny tackling was needed on many occasions.  Stroud's movement up the pitch this week was impressive, with some fine passing on both the left, between Emma Hall and Harriet Smith, who scored both goals, and on the right between Carrie Sanders and Candice Johnson.  Jordan Turnbull left her sweeper role during the second half and was instrumental in influencing the short corners.

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Goals galore as attack surges forward

01 November 2014 at 14:52

Stroud Ladies 2nd X1 were always in control of this match with their attacking runs looking increasingly dangerous.  Goals came from forwards Carrie Sanders, Harriet Smith and Evie Robb (2) with Hannah Scott being unlucky with a number of her shots going just wide.  Stroud's midfield and defence formed a solid partnership, building the attack from the back and keeping control of the ball in the vital midfield area.  Stroud had focused on attacking moves at training and that work paid dividends in the match.  Lansdown's goal came early in the first half but the team did not come close to scoring during the second half.  A great result for Stroud and one they will be hoping to replicate when the league starts again in 2 weeks time.

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Ladies 2nd X1, best performance this season

25 October 2014 at 15:40

The Stroud team played flowing, controlled and skillful hockey against the Gloucester side and needed to keep its wits about it in this tough game. GK, Aleasha Holder was exceptional in her determination to stop Gloucester from scoring and she was ably assisted by the Stroud defence with Emma Hall swiftly picking up what was required from her in a new, left back, position. The attack from the Gloucester side was relentless and they scored early in the first half. Stroud defended numerous short corners, which were taken at speed, and the defence did well to thwart all attempts to score. Stroud had a short corner awarded just before half time and were unlucky not to convert it to a goal. The second half saw the Stroud forwards, supported by mid-field, really put pressure on the Gloucester team with Hannah Scott, Evie Robb and Carrie Sanders working particularly well on the RH side of the pitch. It was a hard and fast ball from the right which Sian Freer deftly picked up and, with a one touch, flicked it towards goal. The ball had maintained its pace but against the odds the keeper saved it. The Stroud team was proud of a fine performance and a draw would have been the icing on the cake.

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THE TEAM JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER!

18 October 2014 at 15:03

Stroud Ladies 2nd X1 should take heart that it continues to improve with each match.  Chipping Campden are always tough opponents and holding the team to a 0 - 0 draw at half time was a great performance.  Stroud's impact upon the game was noticed by the Chipping Campden coach and at half time he changed the structure of his team to a more attacking formation.  As a result much of the time Stroud's defence was outnumbered and some brilliant saves by GK, Jordan Turbnbull, frustrated the Chipping Campden side on many occasions.  The Stroud team found it difficult to make inroads into the Chipping Campden circle although some fine solo runs from Evie Robb, Hannah Scott and Sarah Mace looked threatening.  This was a good performance by a Stroud team that gave every ounce of its energy. 

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TOUGH MATCH

06 October 2014 at 12:44

Cheltenham came into Severn 2 from the league above and, as expected, this proved to be a tough game for the Stroud side. During the first half Cheltenham had a run of short corners which were skilfully dealt with by the Stroud defence. Cheltenham scored twice during the first half and Stroud's Carrie Sanders was able to pull a goal back and going into halftime the score was 2:1.

Early in the second half, Stroud had 20 minutes of sustained, skilled and impressive attack when the Cheltenham defenders were under pressure and their GK was called into action a number of times. The ball stubbornly refused to go into the net. Stroud's defenders continued to block much of the Cheltenham attack, including an over the bar save by GK Aleasha Holder, but the relentless pressure, and ultimately superior fitness of the Cheltenham team, gave them the victory.

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Good start for Stroud Ladies 2nd X1

27 September 2014 at 16:10

Stroud Ladies 2nd X1 secured a point at the start of the league season in their game against Gloucester.  The match was played out in the mid-field with the ball ranging from the 25 yard line to 25 yard line and both teams were unable to put sustained pressure on their opponent's defence.  As last week, Stroud's defence line was rock solid and Emma Hall, in a new position at left back, was impressive. 

Stroud had 2 short corners, as did Gloucester and neither team was able to overcome the tenacious defenders to take the lead.

The Stroud team is aiming for a position within the top five of Severn Division 2 this season, and a point moves them in the right direction.

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STROUD LADIES HOCKEY 2ND X1

20 September 2014 at 17:40

 

In its 3rd match of the season the Stroud team honed its skills, polished its attacking moves and improved its short corner routines. With a new formation the team took a little time to settle and during that time, and against the run of play, South Glos were able to find the net. But in precisely the same was as it did last week, Stroud rose to the occasion and the team was even more dominant during the second half. There were no holes in the defensive line-up and the attack was strong, fast and accurate. This week's stylish goals were both scored in open play, one by Hannah Scott from a direct shot on goal and one from Victoria Sharpe on the rebound. Jordan Turnbull was rock solid as sweeper, ably supported by Jemima Friend and Evie Robb in defence.

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2nd Half Victory for Stroud Ladies 2nd X1

13 September 2014 at 16:30

Stroud were unlucky that sickness prevented the team from fielding 11 players from the first whistle and Yate took advantage of their greater numbers to pass the ball deftly, accurately and swiftly. Yate had scored 6 goals before Sarah Mace pulled one back for Stroud just before half time.

With 11 players on the pitch the 2nd half was markedly different for Stroud with the team scoring 3 goals to Yate's single goal. The Stroud goals were all incredibly stylish with textbook right hand post deflections from Emma Forrest and Victoria Sharpe, and Hannah Scott firing her goal from the centre of the 'D'.

Stroud had some lovely passing moves with Evie Robb settling well into an attacking right back position. In her first game for the Stroud Ladies side, Jemima Friend's passing was accurate and well timed. The final score was 7 to Yate and 4 to Stroud.

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Great Start to the Season

08 September 2014 at 12:22

Stroud Ladies 2nd XI had a cracking start to the season with a great game against Dursley.  Kyisha Cooke started the ball rolling for Stroud within the first 10 minutes and keeper/captain Aleasha Holder had to make a number of key saves during the first half of the match to stop Dursley running away with the game.  At half time the score was 2-1 to Stroud and the team changed its formation, to increase the mid-field attack.  Stroud then had control of the match.  After an hour in the strong sun, the heat began to tell on both teams and Dursley found space to score twice during the final 15 minutes of the match, their player Zoe Balfour creating much of the pressure. Stoud's strong performance, with 2 goals each from Kyisha Cooke, Hannah Scott and Sarah Mace, plus a 7th from Victoria Sharpe meant that Stroud were the deserved victors.

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L2 Stay Up

23 March 2014 at 15:09

“WE DID IT”!

 This was the finest performance of the Stroud Ladies 2nd team this season; the impeccable marking by all the players was outstanding.  They stuck to their players like limpets and Lansdown couldn’t even find a barnacle sized space to fire on goal.  The fabulous marking is proven by the fact that the Lansdown goal came from a short corner in the dying seconds of the match.

 Stroud’s forwards controlled the ball well and despite the Lansdown ‘triangles’ formation they found sufficient space to move the ball cleanly, accurately and with pace.

 Carrie Sanders scored both goals, the first coming from open play with a fabulous move up the left initiated by Kathy Williams and the second in the most perfectly executed short corner of this season.  The Lansdown team was at a loss to know which of Stroud’s forwards would touch the ball next – the routine involved 5 players!

 Last season both Lansdown and Stroud were promoted to Severn 2 and both teams knew that this was the ‘relegation’ play-off match and on the day the Stroud team showed its true mettle and the victory was sweet indeed!

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Stroud Ladies Hockey Club

01 March 2014 at 18:03

Stroud played some excellent attacking, accurate and possession hockey this week to take 3 essential points from Cheltenham Civil Service.  The attacks were well-worked down both flanks and the team was pleased to welcome Mopsey Voss back after ‘maternity leave’.  Golkeeper, Jordan Turnbull, was called upon to make important saves on 3 occasions in the first half, leading the defence to tighten its position during the second half and making it much harder for Civil Service to break through.  Stroud's goal came from a nicely worked attack from Jade Rigglesford and Carrie Sanders. Sanders deftly put the ball past the Civil Service keeper.  Candice Johnson played well at right half, supporting both the attack and the defence as required.

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Stroud Ladies 2nd XI on the way up

09 February 2014 at 16:03

Stroud ladies 2nd XI, sponsored by Ecotricity, chalked up a significant 2-2 draw against Chipping Campden on Saturday. Playing a team currently sitting second in the division, Stroud showed that they have moved up a gear following good results in recent weeks. The teams were well matched and battled hard from the off. Campden scored first, making the most of a short corner. Stroud came back hard and equalised when Jade Rigglesford executed a glorious run all the way from the centre line, defeating 3 defenders before deftly and confidently flicking the ball to the back of the net. Shortly before half time Campden scored a second goal from open play.

The excessively strong winds didn’t hold either team back but did exhaust them, both sides looking weary as they fought their way through the second half. Both had opportunities and tension mounted. The Stroud back line and keeper worked hard, showed great team work, and saw off many strong attacks, but it was Stroud who finally changed the score line, Kathy Williams’ persistent hard work paying off when she sneaked one into the net to equalise.

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Stroud 2XI victorious at last

01 February 2014 at 21:01

Stroud Ladies 2nd XI, sponsored by Ecotricity, chalked up only their second League win of the season against Cirencester. Looking more confident than they have all season, they started strongly, despite being a player down for the first half. Stroud created several opportunities which resulted in short corners and while they didn’t quite find the net, the third corner resulted in a penalty flick. Captain ‘Victorious’ Sharpe stepped up to the mark and executed an accurate flick; the Cirencester keeper did well to make contact with the ball but it found its way across the line putting Stroud ahead. In the second half the wind got up, the hail came down but the score line remained stubbornly static. Stroud worked really well across the field playing good, fluid hockey. Aleasha Holder made some courageous saves and was well supported by a determined and effective defence which successfully defended 3 short corners. This was a great result for Stroud.  Player of the match was Jordan Turnbull.

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Stroud ladies 2XI find it rough-on-Wye

04 December 2013 at 21:36

Stroud made a great start to their match against Ross on Wye on Saturday. They looked the stronger team and within 5 minutes had scored; Carrie Sanders taking the ball into the D and making it look easy with a clean strike.  Unfortunately this seemed to wake Ross up and they equalised within minutes, then went on to dominate the 1st half. Ross played great hockey relying on persistent marking, strong intercepts and short, fast passes, racking up a further 3 goals, their confidence growing with each one. Half time gave Stroud a chance to regroup and in the second half they put up a good fight. Ross continued to play well and were rewarded with a further 4 goals but Stroud fought hard across the pitch. The only way Stroud could break through was to connect as a team and work hard from the backline, through midfield to the front. Work hard they did, and they were rewarded with a well-deserved second goal by Nic Kelly-Davies late in the game, which finished a punishing 8-2.

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Sun shines for Stroud Ladies 2XI

24 November 2013 at 20:16

As the frost melted on the astro pitch, Ecotricity-sponsored Stroud took on Lansdown with the backdrop of Stratford Park in all its autumnal glory. Stroud didn’t waste any time taking control of the first half. Within minutes their strong, confident passing and solid teamwork were rewarded as Rosie Jones made it 1-0 with a great strike from open play. Lansdown had no intention of making it easy, however, and despite Stroud dominating, Lansdown were able to equalise from a well-executed short corner. Stroud kept their cool and were soon back on top, Jade Rigglesford producing an impressive finish to a great run to make it 2-1. Moments before the half time whistle, Lansdown broke through Stroud’s hard working defence to make it 2-2. In the second half Lansdown fought back hard but despite two short corners and numerous attacks on goal, they were held off by a very determined Stroud defence with bold, effective goal keeping by Helen Summers. When Stroud did break away, the forward line flew and player of the match Carrie Sanders executed a great finish to score the winning goal.

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Stroud L2 Rewarded with Draw

17 November 2013 at 20:04

Stroud held their heads high despite the final score line of 0-0 in Saturday’s game against Gloucester. Stroud fought hard from the off, displaying good team work and persistence. Passing was strong and accurate, allowing Stroud to create some chances and some good link work meant that Stroud moved the ball confidently down the wings. Stroud’s back line was solid, and saw off the strong opposition and survived 3 attacking short corners. Stroud were unlucky not to make this a win but had done enough to earn a valuable league point. They certainly showed their hard work at training is paying off, a much better team performance ensuing. Continue with the wide running and strong support and the league wins will come.

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GOALS APLENTY IN LOCAL FRIENDLY

02 November 2013 at 13:35

Stroud Ladies 2nd X1 looked much the stronger team in this local friendly game against Painswick.  Stroud went into the lead early in the first half with a calm, unhurried goal from Victoria Sharpe after a scramble in the Painswick goal mouth.  Victoria was instrumental in the fabulous 'left hand post touch' goal scored shortly afterwards by player of the match Rosy Jones.  With only 10 players the Stroud side was worried about its stamina for the second half but a glorious goal along the back line from Jade Rigglesford and another by both Victoria Sharpe and Rosy Jones sealed the match for Stroud.  Stroud's keeper Jordan Turnbull looked impressive and made a number of excellent saves to ensure that this week the Stroud defence had a clean sheet!

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Ladies 2nds Battle hard against Chipping Campden

20 October 2013 at 10:46

Stroud Ladies' 2nd XI, newly-promoted to Severn Division 2, were unlucky to end 1-4 down against Chipping Campden in Evesham. Play was open and possession well-balanced between the two teams.
Chipping Campden marked tightly but Stroud took advantage of their tendency to play down the middle, finding plenty of opportunities to take the ball out wide. With some great passing into space to shake off the opposition, and impressive awareness of one another, Stroud were able to move the ball effectively the length of the pitch.
Chipping Campden scored first from open play, soon followed by an equaliser from Candice Johnson determined to find the goal. Chipping Campden had two short corners which Stroud defended well, but the home side scored again from open play to make it 2-1 at half time. Coming out again, it looked like anyone’s game and both teams fought hard and played some great hockey. In the last 10 minutes Chipping Campden scored a beauty, a nifty deflection from a strong hit outside the D.  Now riding high, this was immediately followed with another, making it 4-1. Far from being down-heartened, every Stroud player should be very proud of their performance. Man of the Match was Sian Freer for her outstanding commitment in defence.

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Stroud 2nd X1 ladies down but not out

06 October 2013 at 08:10

Hereford Ladies had come down from Severn 1 and Stroud 2nd X1 had been promoted from Severn 3 - it was always going to be a challenging match, and so it proved to be.  Stroud played some excellent hockey, keeping its structure, moving the ball well and retaining possession.  The team was simply unable to match the skill of a number of the Hereford players who dominated the match.  Stroud played well against the better opposition and this, what may well be hardest game of the season, allows the team to be quicker, sharper and keener moving forward.

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Stroud L2 Reign Despite Rain

17 March 2013 at 22:38

It takes more than torrential rain to put Stroud Ladies 2nd XI off their stride, as East Glos found when they met in Cheltenham on Saturday.
Stroud had a strong opening 10 minutes.  Nic Kelly-Davies and Kathy Williams’ work up the left was rewarded with an early goal from Kelly-Davies.  This was just the opening Stroud needed to boost their confidence against an athletic side, but East Glos fought back hard.
East Glos looked like a real threat at times and Stroud’s defence had their work cut out.  Pauline Edgington once again proved to have a very safe pair of hands at centre back, showing determination and leadership.  Steph Woodward and Katherine Stevens, left and right back, respectively, worked hard to interrupt some skilful attacking hockey from East Glos.  Sweeper Lesley Macdonald protected Stroud’s goal from direct attack on several occasions.  When East Glos did break through, Stroud keeper Ali Bredy was ready for them and did well to retain a clean sheet with some confident and well-judged saves.  Keen to get back on top of the game, Stroud made the most of a short corner, Claire Crosthwaite’s clean strike making it 2-0 at half time.
The second half saw Stroud continue to play well against a determined opposition.  They held their nerve and patiently sought out the right pass.  It wasn’t until the final 10 minutes that Crosthwaite sneaked the ball over the line to make it 3-0.  This was one of the toughest games Stroud Ladies 2nd XI have faced all season, making it a particularly pleasing result and ensuring they win the division title.  Players of the match Lesley Macdonald & Allison Breddy.

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A Goal Difference of 61 sees Stroud TOP the Division

04 March 2013 at 07:43

Saturday’s win having extended Stroud’s lead at the top of the division table, the ladies needed victory at Bourton-on-the-Water on Sunday to guarantee them the top spot for the season, with 2 matches in hand.
It wasn’t long before Hannah Scott opened the scoring.  Goals came thick and fast in this eventful game, which ended 9-3.  Nic Kelly-Davies scored a hat trick and Claire Crosthwaite scored 4 goals, the 9th goal coming from Victoria Sharpe from a short corner.  Tension continued throughout the match, culminating in an exasperated Stroud player being sent off for a short period in the second half.  Stroud fell back on the things that have served them so well all season; accurate, short passes … retaining width and position … working together.
While Stroud dominated, Bourton’s young and rapid team played some good attacking hockey, making the most of any opportunities and scoring 3 goals in the second half, 2 from open play and 1 from a short corner.
This victory puts Stroud Ladies 2nd XI safely clear at the top of the table, not having been beaten in the League all season – a great achievement and a fitting reward for a team who have worked relentlessly to develop their skills, tactics and spirit over the last few years.

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Stroud Keep Division-Winning Hopes Alive

04 March 2013 at 07:41

With Ecotricity-sponsored Stroud on the top of the division and Bourton in second place, this was an important match for the Stroud team on a mission to earn promotion.
The first 10 minutes caused Stroud’s supporters some anxiety but the ladies soon settled into their game and the scoring was opened by Hannah Scott from open play.  Claire Crosthwaite made it 2-0 at half time with a skilful strike from close to the goal line.  Bourton earned a string of short corners in the first half but were denied a goal by Stroud’s rock solid defensive line of Katherine Stevens, Sian Freer, Steph Woodward and keeper Ali Breddy.
In the second half it was Stroud who had the opportunity to test their well-practised short corner routine and they did not disappoint.  Kathy Williams scored from the first, powering a goal home from the edge of the D.  On the second opportunity, Williams passed to Victoria Sharpe who struck the ball cleanly into the net. Even at 4-0 down, Bourton were far from beaten and took full advantage of a mistake by Stroud to make it 4-1.  Stroud continued to work hard, dominating the final quarter of the game.  Hard work by the midfield and forward line gave Nic Kelly-Davies the chance to score from a strong Jade Rigglesford pass, followed soon after by another from Kelly-Davies to end the match 6-1

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Ladies hold their 'Top of League' position

23 February 2013 at 14:34

Stroud took the match by the scruff of the neck and came out determined to maintain their winning form.  There were numerous shots on goal and the visitors were unlucky during the first half not to bag a goal.  Stroud’s defence remained solid and held up the Blockley attack that had only one direct shot on goal, neatly defended by keeper Ali Breddy.  The second half saw the Stroud team apply even more pressure.  Some great work by Candice Johnson & Hannah Scott on the righthand side of the pitch saw the ball moved accurately and swiftly across the D onto the stick of Sandra Glass whose great precision placed the ball in the net.  The Stroud side was relieved to have scored in the last 20 minutes of the game and they remain undefeated at the top of the division.  Players of the match were Kathy Williams and Steph Woodward.

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Sun Shines on L2

04 February 2013 at 09:37

What a beautiful day for a hockey match - blue skies, warm sunshine and a slight chill in the air.  The sun was certainly shining on Ecotricity-sponsored Stroud Ladies’ 2nd XI who beat Newent 10-0.  Their dominance of the game was never in doubt. Sandra Glass opened the scoring with a strong goal from open play after a lovely cross by Claire Crosthwaite.  Kathy Williams wasted no time making the most of the first short corner of the match, powering the ball straight in to make it 2-0.  The third goal was from open play, Crosthwaite making it look easy.  Nic Kelly-Davies scored the fourth from open play and followed it up minutes later with a goal from a long corner.  Sian Freer made it 5-0 before half time, with a great strike from the top of the D.
Kelly-Davies got the second half scoring underway.  Well-positioned to receive a long pass, she found the goal for her hat trick.  Stroud’s defence not only protected their goal but also worked hard further up the pitch.  Steph Woodward even had a strike on goal.  It rebounded and was picked up by Victoria Sharpe who deftly deposited it into the goal.  A run of short corners towards the end of the match gave Stroud the chance to practice their routine.  Twice Sandra Glass found the goal, making it a hat trick for Stroud’s most capped forward, and this week’s player of the match.

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L2 Dig Deep to Stay Top

28 January 2013 at 08:58

Stroud Ladies 2nd XI, sponsored by Ecotricity, won a hard fought battle against Painswick on Saturday, ending the match with a 4-3 victory.
In the opening minutes of the game, Stroud conceded a goal, but fought back hard, attacking the Painswick goal relentlessly and dominating possession. Despite countless great strikes and near misses from the forward line, they failed to score. Once a short corner opportunity presented itself, Stroud were determined to make it count, a goal being powered in by Kathy Williams. Back in the game, Stroud quickly made it 2-1 with a strong, clean strike by Hannah Scott from open play.
After half time, both teams came out fighting but it was Painswick who dominated the early minutes, finding the goal twice in quick succession. 3-2 down, Stroud fought back for a second time. Facing several tough Painswick short corners in the second half, Stroud showed guts and determination defensively, Ali Breddy making important saves in the face of a powerful forward line. Eventually, it was Stroud who made a short corner count.  Stroud were determined not to miss the opportunity to equalise and made the most of the next opportunity.  A great joint effort saw Hannah Scott once again find the backboard to make it 3-3.
Determined to hold Painswick off and achieve a win, the whole team dug in and worked hard, eventually rewarded from open play, Judith Cave supplying the all-important winning goal.

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L2 Hold off Strong EG Side

03 December 2012 at 08:52

Stroud came up against tough opposition at Stratford Park on Saturday, but succeeded in retaining their place at the top of the division with a 1-1 draw.
Stroud got off to typically impressive start, finding space and passing well to dominate the game. The home side failed to capitalise on their strong attacks and when East Glos did manage to get the ball into Stroud's D, they scored, leaving the home side a goal down at half time.  This gave East Glos the psychological advantage and Stroud’s game lost its dominance.
In the second half Stroud came out determined not to succumb to defeat and regained their form. Good performances across the team, with particular strength in the half line, meant it wasn’t long before Nic Kelly-Davies found the goal with a great strike from the top of the D, latching onto a Jade Rigglesford pass. At 1-1, battle ensued. Strong defending from both teams meant no further goals.
A draw was good enough to ensure Stroud Ladies' 2nd XI retain their place at the top of the division as we go into the Christmas break.

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Pipped at the Post by Puffins

24 November 2012 at 18:08

Stroud Ladies’ 2nd XI, sponsored by Ecotricity, used this away game against Puffins to practice its short, sharp, accurate passing and to focus on square and 'back' balls.  Stroud found the undersized pitch was difficult to adjust to and their normal game was curtailed without the width or length to allow its normally fast, flowing game to be played.  The goals, however, were classic Stroud!  A fine run from Hannah Scott (sporting a new go-faster hair style) from the half-way line rewarded her with Stroud's first goal as she powered it into the net.  Stroud's second goal from a short corner was struck with just as much determination by Kathy Williams.  With next weekend's League match against EG it allowed the team to work on play in close groups and tight situations.

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Stroud Ladies 2nd XI keep another clean sheet

19 November 2012 at 12:44

Bourton 2nds have been hot on the heels of Stroud in the division table, making this an exciting and important encounter. Stroud expected a battle but looked confident and dominant throughout. They found space, moved the ball well and demonstrated the great team work which has earned them their place at the top of the division so far this season.
Claire Crosthwaite opened the scoring, finding the goal from open play. A second goal before half time was set up by Carrie Sanders and finished by a well positioned Candice Johnson. In the second half Stroud continued to dominate. This led to several short corners which, to Stroud’s frustration, Bourton defended well.  Eventually the pieces fell into place and Johnson scored again, connecting with a beautiful strike from Kathy Williams to make it 3-0.
On the few occasions the boisterous Bourton team did manage to break through Stroud’s very strong midfield, the defence once again performed very well, and Jordan Turnbull made some good, confident saves. An enjoyable match, helped by strong, fair umpiring.

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Stroud L2 go from Strength to Strength

10 November 2012 at 22:06

Stroud Ladies’ 2nd XI had another storming match, this time beating Blockley 4-0 in a hard fought game.  Stroud came out fighting from the whistle and dominated the first half.  The Blockley keeper had an excellent match and saved numerous strikes on goal from Stroud’s forward line, leaving the scoreline goalless as the first half ended.  Allie Breddie, who came to Stroud’s rescue by stepping in to play in goal at the last minute, made an important save at the end of the first half, and was brilliantly supported by the back line.
Stroud held their nerve and battled on, determined to score.  Their 1st goal eventually came from a short corner ; a great team effort, finished with a powerful strike from Claire Crosthwaite.  Once the scoring had started, there was no stopping Stroud.  Jade Rigglesford made it 2-0 with a skilful, reverse stick goal.  Hannah Scott scored the 3rd from open play and Kathy Williams made it 4-0 with a lovely first time strike.
The team is consistently showing excellent passing skills, looking for the right option every time, patiently working the ball right around the pitch with confidence and skill.  Coupled with great communication and fantastic spirit, the team remains unbeaten this season.

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L2 Winning Streak Continues Unabated

04 November 2012 at 20:32

The late afternoon game began with low light streaming across the pitch making visibility a huge challenge for Ecotricity-sponsored Stroud Ladies’ 2nd XI.  The strength of Lansdown’s attacking game made it hard for Stroud to play their usual flowing hockey – a tough battle ensued.  Both teams had chances, but Stroud’s defence stood firm.  Stroud keeper, Jordan Turnbull, made several great saves and was supported brilliantly by a focused, strong and effective defensive unit.
Whilst opportunities to attack the opposition goal were fewer than recent matches, Stroud took full advantage when they did break beyond the halfway line.  Claire Crosthwaite opened the scoring with an unstoppable attack on goal mid- way through the first half.  Jade Rigglesford made it 2-0 with a lovely run, latching onto an inch-perfect pass from Victoria Sharpe.  Stroud continued to fight hard against determined opposition.  As the light faded, Stroud made it 3-0 with a textbook attack set up by Rigglesford and hammered home by Nic Kelly-Davies.  This was a very satisfying end to a challenging match.  Player of the match Steph Woodward.

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Onwards & upwards for Stroud Ladies 2nd team

21 October 2012 at 10:07

Stroud Ladies 2XI met their toughest opposition yet this season in the form of Newent, who ended last season at the top of the division.
Stroud dominated the game and ended with a 4-1 win, another well-deserved victory. Stroud worked hard to retain possession, demonstrating good passing and communication skills. Well-motivated, supportive of one another, aware of each others' strengths and working to a common plan, it is great to see the team developing from week to week.
The first goal was powered home by Claire Crosthwaite, Hannah Scott making it 2-0 at half time. Newent came out for the second half fighting, winning more possession and the visitors broke through as Stroud conceded their first goal of the season. Newent’s defensive line had a good second half, but finally, Stroud’s collective efforts were rewarded with goals from Jade Rigglesford and Claire Crosthwaite, again from open play.

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L2 On fire against the wicks

13 October 2012 at 15:25

Stroud Ladies' 2nd XI recorded their third straight League win of the season, beating Painswick 2-0 in the local derby.  The Stroud team played their usual tight, controlled, attacking hockey and had literally a dozen strikes on goal during the first half, all saved by the Painswick keeper. Carrie Sanders and Kathy Williams were tireless in midfield and Steph Woodward made some great tackles to keep the Painswick attackers away from the Stroud goal.  Captain Pauline Edgington says, "Regaining the team's structure in the second half gave Stroud the edge it needed to keep the ball in the attacking half."  Goals came Hannah Scott and Claire Crosthwaite, whose deft touches added considerably to the attacking formation.  Player of the match was Jade Rigglesford - a whisker ahead of Carrie Sanders !

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Double figures for Stroud Ladies 2nd XI

06 October 2012 at 21:09

Stroud Ladies' 2nd XI continued their run of impressive wins with a 10-0 home victory over Bourton & Sherborne.
The home side dominated throughout against the young visiting team and by half time had made it 4-0.  Goals came from Nic Kelly-Davies, Hannah Scott and two Claire Crosthwaite specials.  In the second half, Stroud settled into the game on which they have worked all season ; keeping formation, passing accurately into space, using the full width of the pitch and calling well. They were rewarded with a further rush of goals, Kathy Williams again scoring from the new penalty corner routine, Victoria Sharpe scoring from a textbook run and pass from Carrie Sanders, plus 3 further goals were from open play - one from Hannah Scott and two more from Nic Kelly-Davies.
Don’t let the score line deceive you into thinking the Stroud defensive line had time to rest. Yet again, they played a vital part in the team’s success, with notable performances from Steph Woodward and Katherine Stevens.  This was another great team effort, ensuring another week at the top of the division.

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Cloud 9 for Stroud ladies 2nd XI

30 September 2012 at 14:32

Stroud ladies 2X1 started as they mean to go on with a resounding 9-0 win over Colwell & Malvern in their first league match of the season.

 They dominated throughout thanks to a strong, consistent performance, good skills and great teamwork. They held formation, passed with strength and accuracy, and communicated well.

 The first 2 goals came from strong strikes during open play, from Claire Crosthwaite and Hannah Scott.  As if that wasn’t enough to celebrate, the 3rd goal in the first half came from the new penalty corner routine, beautifully delivered by Kathy Williams.

 Second half goals came thick and fast; from Carrie Sanders, Claire Crotheswaite and 2 each for Victoria Sharpe and Nic Kelly-Davies.  Katherine Stevens put in a noteworthy performance, moving into midfield in the second half, and Steph Woodward helped the defence maintain a clean sheet for Stroud in her debut with the team. 

With great team spirit and good performances right across the field, it was a well-deserved victory.

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Great start to the league season by Ladies 2nd X1

29 September 2012 at 18:55

Report to follow .......

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Wotton-Under-Attack

16 September 2012 at 10:13

Another good victory with Stroud dominating throughout with some fine attacking hockey.  Jasmine Gardiner, playing in goal for the first time, was able to make her mark with a good save from a penalty corner in the first half. This was also a good first match for newcomers, Judith Cave and Libby Brown. Claire Crosthwaite set the theme with an early goal which was followed shortly afterwards by one from Candice Johnson. Stroud’s third first half goal came from a perfect Pauline Edgington pass, finished by Nic Kelly-Davies. Wotton came out fighting in the second half, but Stroud’s dominance never really looked in doubt. Despite a somewhat scrappy match, Stroud held their shape and delivered another 5 goals … one from Victoria Sharpe, another from Claire Crosthwaite and a further three from Nic Kelly-Davies were all the results of a strong attacking efforts by the whole team.

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Ladies 2nd team get the better of Bassett

08 September 2012 at 17:25

Stroud ladies 2nd X1 hockey team started the season with determination and  showed some excellent ball skills with a 3-0 over Wotton Bassett.

Stroud had much of the pressure and had a run of shots on goal which resulted in a number of short  corners.  The team has a new short corner routine, unpractised until the match and the corners will undoubtedly become slicker with  practise.   All 3 goals came from open play.  Nic Kelly-Davies got Stroud off the mark and went on to score a second, and Hannah Scott ensured a comfortable winning margin with the third.  There was some great passing from Katherine Stevens on the right and Kathy Williams on the left which beat the Wotton Bassett defence and allowed the Stroud attackers to surge forward.  The Stroud defence held firm and ‘emergency keeper’ Becky Stevens made some important saves to ensure the Stroud side maintained a well deserved clean sheet.

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GHA Womens Clubs Tournaments

17 July 2012 at 15:55

Attention all Women Players !  The traditional season-opener, the Gloucestershire Women's Clubs' Tournaments will now take place at Dean Close School, Cheltenham, on SUNDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2012.

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STROUD FIGHTING FOR A DRAW

25 March 2012 at 11:35

The score of the match did not reflect the relative possession of the ball by each team:  Stroud played some good, controlled hockey and strikes on goal from Sandra Glass, Carrie Sanders, Nic Kelly-Davies and Andrea Preston were all just wide of the mark.  Much of the Bourton attack was from the team’s left wing and time and time again Katherine Stevens was required to intervene with a strong tackle.  The defence fought hard to maintain its clean sheet and was unlucky to concede a goal scored from a short corner.  Midfielders Victoria Sharpe and Pauline Edgington (player of the match) remained calm despite some unusual tackling by their opponents and the Stroud team was disappointed not to at least draw the match. 

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TEAMS BATTERED BY HAILSTORM

18 March 2012 at 10:55

The Stroud side was beaten by the speed of the opposition, any loose balls, missed passes or inaccurate pushes by either side, were swept up by the fleet-footed EG team.  The Stroud side was put under sustained pressure for most of the match and as the conditions deteriorated (hailstorm for just under an hour), so players began to make mistakes as their fingers were unable to gain a tight grip on the stick handles and their visibility was impaired.  Stroud worked hard throughout the game and the scoreline is not a reflection on their effort.  They did attack strongly on several occasions and were rewarded with several short corners, but it was a movement from open play in the dying moments that saw Di Furlong fire a shot across EG’s bows for Carrie Sanders to deflect deftly into the net, for a deserved consolation to go some way to warming up shivering bodies.

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STROUD LADIES 2nd TEAM PICKS UP A POINT

11 March 2012 at 11:24

A mix up with umpires led to a delay, a curtailed match, a goal less draw and a single league point.  Stroud had been optimistic about winning this match against Colwall but the travelling and long delay before the match started had depleted the team's energy levels.  As Stroud re-energised so it took command of the match and played some excellent, fast, flowing hockey.  The passing this week was particularly good with balls moved around in straight, square and backwards formations and retaining possession of the ball undoubtedly led to the team's command on the match.  Player of the match Candice Johnson in left mid-field for the first time made some important tackles and some good passes through to Sandra Glass and Andrea Preston.  Stroud's 3 short corners were not converted with Pauline Edgington hitting the post for a fourth time (3 times whilst warming up) and the team was denied what-would have-been a well deserved goal.  The Stroud defence was delighted to keep a clean sheet for a second week.

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STROUD LADIES OUTPLAYED, BUT NOT DEFEATED!

04 March 2012 at 09:08

Cirencester are clear leaders in Severn Division 3.  Despite the score line Stroud had some fine attacking play and the team’s formation on the pitch and its close marking held firm:   Stroud was out run rather than out played.  The sustained pressure on the Stroud defence inevitably led to Cirencester scoring despite determined efforts of the Stroud players.  Player of the match – defender, Di Furlong.  

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TATI SAVES THE DAY

25 February 2012 at 16:25

Stroud took command of this match from the whistle and was the dominant force throughout the game.  The strength of the Blockley defence prevented Stroud from scoring from the many short corners and shots on goal that were executed.   The Stroud team played some strong, attacking hockey passing the ball well and using the square and straight balls that it had practised at training:  Carrie Sanders in particular moved the ball strongly and quickly from the mid-field to the attack line.  Lizzie Woods and Hannah Scott had some good passing moves on the forward line and it was Hannah Scott that found the goal, on the 3rd rebound from the Blockley keeper.  Blockley had a number of attacking moves but these were halted by Stroud’s mid-field until the last 2 minutes of the match.  Defender Katherine Stevens was left alone with 3 Blockley attackers and she put in an important tackle to slow the Blockley attack.  It was then left to keeper Tati Howell, who had not touched the ball until then, to save the shot on goal and ensure that the Stroud team’s hopes of a win remained a reality.  Players of the match – Carrie Sanders and Katherine Stevens.

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STROUD LADIES LEAVE IT UNTIL THE LAST 5 MINUTES TO WIN THE MATCH!

19 February 2012 at 11:47

After 2 weeks of postponed league games this friendly was a welcome opportunity to hone hockey skills in readiness for next week's league games.  Fighting at times against torrential rain and in strong winds both teams worked hard to gain the upper hand.  In a well-balanced match the ball moved swiftly from end to end with Stroud GK, Aleasha Holder making some important, acrobatic saves to ensure that Stroud maintained a clean sheet.  Sarah Tudor's lightening runs stopped the Cirencester attack on many occasions and the ball was moved swiftly back up the pitch.  Stroud's winning goal came in the final 5 minutes of the match and it was the result of a fabulous attacking move from Angharad Roberts:  she stopped a hit from the Cirencester defender at point blank range, tipped the ball into the D and neatly put the ball past the Cirencester keeper.

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Fingers Crossed that Games are on Tomorrow

10 February 2012 at 11:11

Wicked weather abounds, with everybody crossing digits and limbs in the hope that tomorrow (11 Feb)'s matches will be played after the postponements of last weekend.
L2 play at 9:30 at home, although this could be in doubt as the forecast is -3 between 9am and 12 noon.
M1 start at 12:30 at home v Weston, followed by M2 at 2:00 v Bourton & Sherborne

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PUSHED TO THE FINAL WHISTLE

28 January 2012 at 18:51

In its first league game since Christmas the Stroud side was pleased to record a win.  Stroud had an early goal scored by Sandra Glass from an inch perfect pass from Player of the Match Victoria Sharpe.  The lead wasn’t held for long as Painswick managed to pull a goal back and at half time the score was level.  Stroud’s keeper Tati Howell was called upon to athletically save a Painswick sure-fired shot on goal and Katherine Stevens prevented a Painswick forward from sneaking a ball past the post in the last 2 minutes of the game.  Most of game was controlled by Stroud and the team made much use of the straight and square balls it has practised at training.  The game was focused on the centre of the pitch and the team must work at using the entire width in its future matches.  Stroud had a number of short corners, but the team’s second goal came from open play when Victoria Sharpe foiled the Painswick keeper.  A determined Nic Kelly-Davies found the net but the goal was disallowed.

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Excellent Opportunity to Improve

21 January 2012 at 19:06

Having played Bristol away and drawn the match the home side believed that there was the opportunity to do slightly better this time and from the first whistle was keen to take command of the match.  It was Bristol that scored the first goal, but that was quickly followed by the equaliser from Kathy Williams, scoring from a well rehearsed short corner routine.  Stroud then struggled to contain the Bristol attack, and possibly due to the strong wind the team was considerably out of sorts, scoring 2 own goals and giving away a penalty.  Hannah Scott, playing in goal for the first time, was a stalwart keeper and prevented Bristol from scoring on many occasions.   Katherine Stevens was tireless in defence and Kathy Williams & Carrie Sanders determined in mid field.  To have the season’s worth of errors, mistakes and mis-hits in a single match means there is the opportunity for the Stroud team to put today’s match behind firmly it, unite as a single, determined, well oiled hockey machine and ‘return to form’ in time for next week’s league match. 

 

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STROUD LADIES 2nd X1 BETTER LAST YEAR’S PERFORMANCE

14 January 2012 at 18:49

Stroud lost heavily to the Gloucester side in the friendly before Christmas and the team was pleased with its performance against the Gloucester side – which plays in the league above.  This was the first time this season that the club’s new pitch was hit by overnight frost and it performed extremely well.  Although frozen it was not slippery on the top and the ball did not bounce in the alarming fashion that it did on the old pitch when it was frozen.  Despite that both sides made a tentative start playing on a completely white pitch for the first half of the game.

 

Stroud had the first attack but it was then Gloucester that applied the pressure and despite the efforts of ‘Player of the Match’ Jordan Turnbull the Stroud team conceded two goals in the first half.  The second half saw the Stroud team playing a more attacking game with the forwards pulling the game wide to allow the front & back diamond players the space to run through and support the attack.  Gloucester found the goal a third time.

 

Stroud had a number of fine attacking moves but the final strike into the goal eluded the team’s usually ‘goal mad’ forwards.

 

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Hannah Scott - A Thorn in the Side for Thornbury

08 January 2012 at 09:43

Thornbury was quick of the mark and  scored  within 20 minutes.  Stroud took time to settle as the team needed to adjust to new players joining the squad including a welcome appearance by Jordan Turnbull  in goal.  Thornbury had much of the attack, particularly during the second half when defenders Becky and Katherine Stevens were called into action time and time again.  The Stroud goal was a fair result for the team;  a direct replica of the practises carried out at training earlier in the week, Pauline Edgington passed the ball through the Thornbury players for Hannah Scott to pick up on the move and fire into the Thornbury goal.  There were several other near misses for both teams and it was defenders Jordan Turnbull and Katherine Stevens who were jointly awarded the Stroud team’s ‘player of the match’ award.

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NO BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED ‘WATER’

04 December 2011 at 11:33

Bourton on the water was in trouble from the whistle as Stroud started the match in style with a goal from Carrie Sanders whose shot was a ‘text book’, perfect deflection in to the goal.  In a fast and furious paced game, Stroud’s Nic Kelly-Davies found space to squeeze Stroud’s second goal past the Bourton keeper to allow the team to go into the second half with a two goal advantage.  There was some excellent passing and movement of the ball between mid-fielders Kathy Williams, Katy Stotesbury, Victoria Sharpe and Sandra Glass from whom a strong ball into the opponents D allowed Carrie Sanders to score her second goal of the match.

Bourton was relentless in its attempt to get a goal keeper Tati Howell was called upon to make some crucial saves, whilst Andrea Preston was called into action to stop a ball on the goal line.  Another fine performance from the team which has now moved into 3rd place in the league table.  League games recommence in the New Year.  Player of the match – Sandra Glass.

 

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ANOTHER 3 POINTS FOR STROUD LADIES 2ND X1

27 November 2011 at 10:26

Stroud holds 4th place in the league, with just 3 points separating it from the top team, Newent.  This week’s 3 points against EG, a team above it in the league, was a result of a determined effort by a now regular team of players.  A welcome return by Heidi Hepher-Dalton supported by Carrie Sanders meant that Stroud had attacking pace on the right of the pitch, and through Nic Kelly-Davies (who scored Stroud’s opening goal) and Hannah Scott (who scored Stroud’s second goal) on the left hand side too.  The speed of the attackers meant that the Stroud mid-field was given the opportunity to control the all-important centre of the pitch.  Stroud’s goals came in the first half and the EG goal just 3 minutes into the second half – a reminder to the Stroud players to remain focused and to move up and down the pitch as a single, complete unit.  Player of the match was awarded to Katherine Stevens for her relentless marking of EG’s most skilled forward.

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LADIES 2ND XI Continues its Strong Run

20 November 2011 at 10:18

The Stroud defence excelled this week against sustained pressure, particularly in the last 15 minutes of the match.  It was no surprise when keeper Helen Summers was awarded the ‘player of the match’ award for her determined, successful and important saves.  Stroud made an excellent start to the match with goals from Nic Kelly-Davies and Kathy Williams securing the team a 2 goal lead going into half time.  The Colwall forwards were fast and skilful, and all the members of the defensive team – Andrea Preston, Catherine Stevens, Letty Adams and Lesley Macdonald were called into action to prevent Colwall from scoring.  When Stroud did take command of the game its attacking formations were strong and the team was unlucky that strikes on goal from short corners were saved by the Colwall defence.  A good performance from the Stroud team, which this week had no substitutes, and one which allowed it to retain 4th place in the league.

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Alex Needs Mo' Money!

11 November 2011 at 18:35

Hi all, Alex Waring, Men's 1stXI skipper, here.

It’s Movember, the month formerly known as November, now dedicated to growing moustaches and raising awareness and funds for men’s health; specifically prostate and testicular cancer. I’m donating my top lip to the cause for 30 days in an effort to help change the face of men’s health. My Mo will spark conversations, and no doubt generate some laughs; all in the name of raising vital awareness and funds for cancer’s affecting men.

Why am I concerned about men’s health?
*1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime
*This year 37,000 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed
*1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime
*26% of men are less likely to go the doctor compared to women

I invite you to join me by registering to grow or by donating to my support of the Mo http://mobro.co/lexmo

If you want to go old school you can write a cheque payable to “Movember”, reference my name and Registration Number 2616314 and send it to: Movember Europe, PO Box 68600, London, EC1P 1EF

Or just shove some cash in my hand next time you see me and I'll make sure it gets to the right place.

Funds raised will help make a tangible difference to the lives of others. Through the Movember Foundation and our men’s health partners, The Prostate Cancer Charity and The Institute of Cancer Research, Movember is funding world class awareness, research, educational and support programs which would otherwise not be possible. 

For more details on how the funds raised from previous campaigns have been used and the impact Movember is having please click on the links below:
About Movember 
Prostate cancer genome mapping 
Prostate Cancer Foundation research
Global Action Plan 

Thank you in advance for helping me change the face of men's health. 

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STROUD LADIES BLOCK A WIN FOR BLOCKLEY

06 November 2011 at 11:13

Stroud’s coach, Richard McColl, was on hand to provide strategic coaching and recommend tactical changes during this week’s 2nd X1 match.  With the new pitch at the LC the Stroud team always has a home advantage as the surface causes the ball to ‘bobble’ rather than run completely flat and it takes new users of the pitch 10 or 15 minutes to adjust.  Normally Stroud makes good use of the time to buffer itself with a goal, but this time it was Blockley that scored the first goal.  Undeterred and even more determined the Stroud team began to settle into its normal rhythm, allowing Pauline Edgington to ‘zing the ball into the top corner’ of the net.  Stroud’s top scorer, Nic Kelly-Davies then pushed home a ball on the rebound and the team went into half time with a 2-1 lead.  During the second half Stroud’s defence was called upon to dispense with a number of Blockley attacks, and Andrea Preston saved a goal on the line while Di Furlong & Katy Stotesbury made some important clearances.  The second half saw further goals from Stroud, with Hannah Scott’s powerful strike finding the goal and Victoria Sharpe making her trademark solo run and pushing the ball past the Blockely keeper.  Another good result for Stroud who will be training hard on Tuesday in preparation of meeting the team currently above it in the league.  Player of the match Kathy Williams.

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STROUD LADIES 2ND XI BACK ON FORM

23 October 2011 at 06:24

Stroud Ladies’ 2nd team was back on form as it put 2 goals into the net in its away match against Lansdown.  The team got off to a shaky start and the defensive players fought hard to keep a clean sheet.  Katherine Stevens made some important tackles and Helen Summers some excellent saves, ensuring the half time score remained 0-0.  After the break, Stroud’s midfield and forward line then began to increase the pressure on Lansdown, taking control of the match.  Stroud’s first goal was deftly picked up from a rebound off the Lansdown goalkeeper and put into the net by Karen Whitehead.  The team’s second goal was the result of an impressive solo run by player-of-the-match Victoria Sharpe.

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No goals for Stroud L2 a rarity

16 October 2011 at 08:25

For the first time this season the Stroud side did not score a goal:  a rare occurrence.  Despite having much of the possession in mid-field and some strong defensive work by Tati Howell in goal, the forwards were unable to find the form to secure that all important goal.  The lack of goals from Stroud can in part be attributed to the Newent defence – the team’s 2 best players played in the defence. For Stroud, Carrie Sanders did some wonderful attacking runs and was awarded ‘Player of the match’ for her determination and drive.  Captain Katy Stotesbury was commanding in the back diamond position and was instrumental in some fine attacking manoeuvres.  Stroud had 3 short corners and, unlike previous weeks, was unable to score from any of them.  The Newent keeper was called upon several times to stop a shot from the Stroud attack but the Stroud team, despite its sustained pressure was just unable to find the net.

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3 Points is Best Way to Start League Season for L2

09 October 2011 at 21:27

In the first league match of the season the Stroud team showed the same drive and ambition that it showed in the pre-season friendlies:  from the whistle the team controlled the ball well, made accurate, strong passes and executed some good tackles and interceptions.  The fast attacking pace of Carrie Sanders and Nic Kelly-Davies gave the Stroud team the edge when attacking and a fine shot across the D allowed Kathy Williams to open the scoring for Stroud.  Stroud’s second goal came from a light touch by Heidi Hepher-Dalton and at half time the Stroud side was 2 goals in front.  Stroud’s pressure was relentless and with so much control of the attacking play, the day belonged to the Stroud midfield and its forwards.Jade Crosthwaite was well placed to knock home Stroud’s 3rd goal and Pauline Edgington fired the ball into the net during the closing minutes of the match.  Stroud’s defence stood firm throughout and Stroud’s keeper was not called into action.  Player of the match, Pauline Edgington.

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Tight Match for L2

03 October 2011 at 16:48

Bristol scored during the first half and an initially ragged Stroud pulled itself together and although there was little calling for the ball, the passing became shorter, harder and more accurate. The Stroud goal came from some good play from Karen Whitehead & Sandra Glass, allowing Kathy Williams to score from the middle of the D.  Tati Howell made some acrobatic and vital saves in goal and all three backs were relentless in their determination to stop Bristol scoring once more.  The Bristol goal came in the second half and Stroud’s ‘on the whistle’ short corner was saved by the keeper and the rebound shot saved by the Bristol defender to prevent Stroud from scoring the equaliser in a well-matched game.  Player of the day, sweeper Letty Adams.

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You've Been Nic'd!

19 September 2011 at 12:34

STROUD LADIES 2ND X1 – 7    THORNBURY LADIES – 1

Stroud’s forward Nic Kelly-Davies made an impressive start to this season with a double hat-trick, scoring 6 of Stroud’s goals against Thornbury.

Stroud was very slow to get started but finally the rigorous short corner practise at training allowed Hannah Scott to open the scoring for Stroud when she powered the ball into the left hand corner of the goal from a direct strike. At half time the score was 1-0.

During the second half, Stroud got into its stride and played some flawless, textbook, attacking hockey.  The squad’s practise over the past few weeks had allowed the team to become accustomed to the bounce and speed of the Leisure Centre’s recently laid Astroturf pitch.  The new players in the squad this season - Katherine Stevens, Victoria Sharp, Emma Tapley and Letty Adams all fitted into the ‘diamond’ system well under the experienced guidance of this season’s team captain Katy Stotesbury.  Regular members of the squad slotted into their new positions impressively with Lizzie Woods and Carrie Sanders expertly and swiftly supporting the attack on many occasions. 

A great start to the season and the team is looking forward to its first league game in a few weeks time.  Player of the match was Nic Kelly-Davies.

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