Stafford Hockey Club are still awaiting their first victory in this seasons West Midlands Division 1 campaign after losing 3-1 last weekend. It was another good performance against league leaders Market Drayton, who prior to the game had scored 25 goals and just conceded 1.
The early stages were evenly matched, with neither side being able to open up any clear chances. Market Drayton knew they were in for a tough game when Andy Peatfield entered the circle at pace before shooting just wide. It was not until the closing stages of the half that Drayton scored from a soft penalty corner conceded by Stafford, the drag flick went central and seemed to wrong foot Brad Evans in goal. Disappointingly Market Drayton then got another goal in identical circumstances.
After the break Stafford knew they were facing an uphill battle against the tightest defence in the league, but still played positively. Adam Kyle and Ben Hollands in the midfield really took control of the game but the constant attacks could not secure a goal. Stafford’s best chance fell again to Peatfield who’s shot was well saved from a tight angle by the Drayton keeper. Unfortunately then conceded a third when a good run by the Drayton player saw him unleash a powerful shot into the corner of the goal. Stafford still kept pushing forward and eventually scored through Andy Keen, the ball was passed right at a penalty corner and Keen’s shot was placed well to give Stafford some consolation.
Stafford are confident that their good work will soon manifest in a win, next week they face Wednesbury away.