Availability for Fathom Team on Saturday 6th. October 2012 away to Tamworth Fathoms

Match details for the next Stafford Fathoms game next Saturday 6th. October 2012 is :

Tamworth Fathoms v Stafford Fathoms ( 5th. Team ) @ Landau Forte Acadamy, Queen Elizabeth Mercian School, Upper Gungate, Tamworth, B79 8AA. Pushing Back at 15:30hrs.

Meet at Stafford Hockey Club ( ST16 3TH ) at 2pm to travel in a fleet of cars to above venue at Tamworth.

( At last hockey meeting on Wednesday 26th. September 2012, it was agreed petrol / diesel cost for all teams going to away games would be £8 per car ( that would also be taking other players to these away games ) ).

– If you have not confirmed your availability to me for the above game, either verbally to me yesterday at Beaconside before or after the Stafford Fathoms v Shrewsbury Fathoms game or by text or e mail to me, then please contact me either by text or e mail a.s.a.p. with your availability plus whether you are available to drive Re : taking other Fathom players to the Fathom game at Tamworth.

Any problems or issues regarding the above Fathom Fixture, please do not hesitiate to contact me Re : text to me a.s.a.p. ( please include your name in your text ) as well as e mailing me ( will get text alot quicker than any e mail you may send me ).

Thank you for your cooperation in the above – See you all again on Saturday.

John Sinclair
Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team Captain for 2012 / 2013

Mobile No : 07966398190

E Mail Address : johnnysink@hotmail.co.uk

Match Report Re : Stafford Fathoms v Shrewsbury Fathoms

After last week’s Fathom practice game, due to Ludlow Fathoms pulling out of the arranged game the nite before, it was therefore nice yesterday for the Fathom team to get their first competitive game of the season at home to Shrewsbury Fathoms, I know the final score was 4 nil to the visitors ( i.e. Shrewsbury Fathoms ), but the score in any game, in my books, is secondary to me, it is how we perform and conduct ourselves on and off the pitch and considering it was our first competitive game and most of us did not know one another or how each of us played as a team, we all performed well ( especially Nick Brooker in goals, who was nominated as man of the match ) and we all gave a good account of ourselves on and off the pitch and we just need to remember that at half time during this game, we were drawing 0-0 with our visting opponents ( who will probably be one of the strongest fathom sides we will encounter this season ). I am sure as the weeks progress, if we all stick together, we will all get to know one another whole lot more and I am sure that will reflect / convert itself onto the pitch, as I am sure we will start to bond and gel and go from strengthen to strengthen as a team on the pitch, as well as off. The players who played for Stafford Fathoms yesterday against Shrewsbury Fathoms were : Nick Brooker ( GK ), Christopher Pendleton, Ashley Dunne, Jack Ball, Isha Newman, Jo Lovatt, Peter Powers, Rav Singh, Sam Gibson, Nathan Sillitto, Matthew Till, Jack Fudger & John Sinclair ( Capt ).

1st Team Match Report

Stafford Hockey Club 1st team started their ENER-G sponsored West Midlands Division 1 account with a disappointing 3-2 loss last weekend against Kingswinford Hockey Club.  Despite a good performance by the Riverway team, the game turned on a couple of bizarre incidents.


Stafford started brightly enough, moving the ball quickly at pace around the back, leaving Kingswinford chasing shadows.  Unfortunately Stafford could not force any real goal scoring opportunities despite good work from Andy Peatfield and Dan Howe.  It took a piece of individual skill for Kingswinford to take the lead, the player concerned neatly beating two players before lifting the ball past the advancing Jay Mullor in goal.  Kingswinford soon doubled their lead, the experienced Billy Jawanda finding a Stafford foot in the circle, and the resultant drag flick being dispatched into the roof of the net.


At the break, a positive team talk by coach Dave Evans, saw Stafford come out fighting, Richard Bendall won a penalty corner after some tough tackling by the Kingswinford defenders and Steve Marsh blasting his shot past the goal keeper.  Stafford soon equalised when a clever flick on from Dan Howe, found Andy Peatfield at the far post who dabbed the ball home.  Stafford were definitely on top at this point and it was an unfortunate injury to Simon Parnell that saw the momentum lost.  The umpire missed an initial back stick and Kingswinford attacked the circle and their forwards shot was lifted towards the goal and into the face of Parnell, thankfully after checks at the hospital later he was given the all clear.  It was obvious that the incident affected all players and both umpires and after consultation the free hit was given to Stafford.


Unfortunately Stafford were obviously upset by the injury and seemed to lose their composure, the winning goal was terribly unlucky as a shot going well wide, hit Giles Rowden’s foot and went into the goal.  Stafford though kept fighting to the end, Andy Keen came agonisingly close with a penalty corner deflection but the points went to the away team.


Stafford were very unlucky not to get at least a draw, but will take some consolation in the way they played.  Next week they are away at Droitwich.

3rds vs Market drayton.

Market Drayton-1-Stafford-1.

A good performance which should have been enough to win the game. Stafford dominated the 1st half and had 7 strikes saved.In the 2nd Market Drayton improved perhaps due to the 3 extra players that turned up that the Stafford Skipper didnt notice. With only their 2nd goal effort Darayton scored. It looked like we would not level until John Faulconbridge scored the ugliest goal in Hockey history, apparently they all count but some really shouldn’t.

MoM: Guy Malpass.

Goals-1-John Faulconbridge.


Our wounded little soldier…

For all those of you who watched the first team game today and witnessed the goal line head injury which Simon took, you’ll be pleased to know that A&E have now confirmed after numerous tests that he is OK and they will be discharging him later tonight.
Thanks go out to all of the other players and spectators for your help pitch side earlier. Get well soon Si, cause we’ve got a tough game next week!


Third team selection

Stafford 3rds vs Market Drayton. 29.09.12.

PB 12.30 Keele University.

Meet At Clubhouse 11am.

1. Paul Grimes.

2. Paul Sweeney.

3. Dave Thurgaland.

4. Jon Williams.

5.Dave Baldock.

6. Guy Malpass.

7. Bob Masters.

8. John Sudale.

9. James Faulconbridge.

10. Luke Mitford.

11. John Faulconbridge.

12. Josh Williams.

13. Tony Milner.

2nd Team vs Redditch (LEAGUE)

Team to play Redditch away (3pm Start so 1pm meet at the club)
Confirmation of availability also below:

Brad Evans – yes (Gareth picking up from Beaconside 12:45)
Steve Paling – yes
Rob Peatfield – yes
Elliot Glennon – yes
Mark Hartwright – yes
Gareth Minton – yes
Richard Buka – yes (direct)
John Sutton – yes (direct)
Dan Rennie – yes
Colin Bishop – yes
Charlie Trotter – yes
Dave Parr – yes
Jamie Ferguson – yes

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1st Team Match Report

Stafford Hockey Club 1st team continued their encouraging pre-season, with a well deserved 4-3 win against Wednesbury HC on Saturday and a narrow 4-2 loss in the Hockey Association Vase on Sunday.


On Saturday Stafford started slowly, going 2-0 behind within 15 minutes, ex-national league player Jimmy Singh was pulling all of the Wednesbury strings and was able to create an early penalty corner. The shot was saved illegally on the line by Andy Keen and a penalty stroke was awarded, Brad Evans in goal however was able to put Singh off enough to see him shoot wide.  Unfortunately Stafford continued to struggle and Wednesbury scored twice shortly afterwards after two defensive lapses.


This however just seemed to wake Stafford up, and they took the game to Wenesbury and scored 4 goals in a blistering 10 mimute spell.  Andy Peatfield got his first when a good cross from James Gillingham fell into Peatfield’s path, it took him three attemps but eventually it went in.  Next up was Dan Howe who slipped a ball sneakily past the keeper at the near post.  Thirdly, a good ball in from Ben Hollands found Mike Wymer steaming into the circle to knock the cross in.  The final goal was the best of the bunch, Peatfield picked the ball up unmarked in the Wednesbury half and took it into the circle, his calm lift over the keeper stunned the opposition.


In the second half, Stafford could have added to their total but the only goal was scored by Wednesbury, after another penalty was awarded.  Stafford though held on for a deserved win.


Stafford faced Market Harborough on Sunday, with a changed side, however they were never outclassed by a young and skillful team.  Market Harborough took the lead after a defensive lapse, but soon afterwards Giles Rowden equalised after good work by Mike Wymer, Rowden slotted a reverse stick shot into the corner.  It remained 1-1 at half time but after the break Market Harborough upped the pace and scored three smart goals, Stafford scored another with a diving Dan Howe shot but could not force any further goals.  Man of the match was Rob Hodson, who has only been playing hockey for two seasons and worked tirelessly.


Next week sees Stafford face Kingswinford HC at home, in a league reshuffle, 1.00pm push back at Beaconside.

Details for Fathom / 5th. Team Games on Saturday 29th. September 2012 Home to Shrewsbury Fathoms & Saturday 6th. October 2012 Away to Tamworth Fathoms

First of all, as Captain of the Stafford Fathom Team for this season ( 2012 / 2013 ), I would like to thank those of you who turned up yesterday morning at 10am at Beaconside and participated in a practice game for Stafford Fathoms, especially as the original opposition of Ludlow Fathoms for this particular game, cried off the nite before, due to lack of players.
Anyhow, I have listed below for your information details of the next 2 Stafford Hockey Club Fathom games on Saturday 29th. September 2012 and Saturday 6th. October 2012 and it would be very much apprciated if you could e mail me back with your availability for these 2 games ( i.e. Definite Yes / Definite No / Interested but Not Sure, as might be playing for another team in the club around the time of this fathom fixture or can’t commit 100% at this stage, but will let me know a.s.a.p. ) Also I am looking especially for Fathom / 5th. Team away fixtures, for someone to play in goals, so if you are interested or like to play between the posts and ‘don’ the goalkeeping kit, then please let me know this when replying Re : your availability :

Saturday 29th. September 2012 – At home to Shrewsbury Fathoms : 11.30am push back at Beaconside Sports Complex, Stafford

( Please can you ensure that you turn up for this game at Beaconside for 11am – Thanks ( Re : organising team / collecting match fees ( £8 Seniors / Working & £4 Juniors/ Students / Unemployed ) before push back ) ).

Saturday 6th. October 2012 – Away to Tamworth Fathoms : 3.30pm push back at Queen Elizabeth Mercian School, Upper Gungate, Tamworth B79 8AA
Please meet at clubhouse ( Not Beaconside ) for 2pm ( Re : travelling to Tamworth in cars )

Please can you let me know if you can drive and be willing to take players and their kit ( one car will have to be able to accomodate the goalkeepers kit ( very large & very bulky ) ) to this game in your car ).

( There is a set rate for re-imbursement of petrol / use of your car for transporting of players to away games – unfortunately I don’t currently know what the rate / charge is, will check this out with our Hockey Club Treasurer : Dave Thurgaland at our next hockey meeting, which is on Wednesday 26th. September 2012 and I will let you know my findings on this matter, before travelling to this game on Saturday 6th. October 2012 )

Any problems or issues regarding the above Fathom Fixtures, please do not hesitiate to contact me Re : text to me a.s.a.p. ( please include your name in your text ) as well as e mailing me ( will get text alot quicker than any e mail you may send me ).

Thank you for your cooperation in the above request and hope like me, are very much looking forward to the start of the Fathom Season ( 2012 / 2013 ) and playing in these 2 games above.

If you know anyone else who I have might of missed regarding addressing this e mail to, who you thing might be intersted / available for the above 2 Fathom / 5th. Team games, then please feel free to forward it onto them ( i.e. Sam to Mat Till ).

Also for those new to Stafford Hockey Club, shirts for both the home ( i.e. Green Tops ) and away ( i.e. White Tops ) Fathom Games will be provided / catered for by the club ( I currently as Captain of the Fathoms, have ownership of both the Green & White Stafford Fathom Hockey Club Tops ).

However, for you newcomers to the club, the club colours when any Stafford Hockey Team is playing at home is : A Green Top, Navy Shorts & Yellow Socks and when they are playing away is : A White Top, Navy Shorts & White Socks. It would therefore be very much appreciated if all players could try and ensure that they are wearing either Navy ( or failing that dark shorts ) for home or away games and yellow socks for home games and white socks for away games.

However, there is someone in Stafford Hockey Club, who does on behalf of the club, arrange the sale of tops ( home & away i.e. green & white tops with Stafford Hockey Club logo on ) and socks ( home & away i.e. yellow & white socks ), so if you are interested and wish to purchase any of these items ( Re : christmas or birthday present ), I can definitely put you in touch with this person, otherwise you are perfectly free to purchase these sport wear items elsewhere.

John Sinclair
Stafford Hockey Club Fathom / 5th. Team Captain for 2012 / 2013
Mobile No : 07966398190
E Mail Address : johnnysink@hotmail.co.uk

Wednesbury 2XI – 1. Stafford 2XI – 3

Stafford 2’s again came up with a good result from their final pre-season game against a very spirited and hard working Wednesbury team. From being 1 0 down at half time, a fantastic performance in the second half ensured an unbeaten pre season, which bodes well for our first league game at Redditch next week.


Dave Parr – 2
Dan Rennie – 1

Man of the match – Mark Hartwright