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!