Stafford Fathom Team / Squad ( As at Monday 29th. October 2012 ) to play Stafford 4th. Team in a ‘Friendly’ on Saturday 3rd. November 2012 – 10am push back at Beaconside

As at Monday 29th. October 2012 Stafford Fathom Team / Squad to play Stafford 4th. Team in a ‘Friendly’ on Saturday 3rd. November 2012 – 10am push back at Beaconside

( All Players down to play, please meet at 9.30am at Beaconside )

( Any players listed below who between now and 9.30am / 10am on Saturday 3rd. November 2012, find that they cannot play ( for whatever reason ), then please let me know a.s.a.p. by texting me on 07966398190 – Thanks.

1. No keeper at this stage ( Hoping Nick Brooker or Pog might go between the posts for the Fathoms )

2. Jack Fudger

3. Chris Pendleton ( Please can you bring your Annual Subs for this game )

4. Peter Chui

5. Ben Waller ( Please can you bring your Annual Subs for this game )

6. Matthew Till

7. Andrew Whitehouse

8. Adam Robinson ( Please can you bring your Annual Subs for this game )

9. Rav Singh

10. Ashley Dunn ( Please can you bring your Annual Subs for this game )

11. Peter Powers

12. Amjid Mahmood

13. Lee Whitelock

14. Me ( John Sinclair ) ( Captain )

+ 5 Junior Players : Harry Coltman, Ben Gledhill, Jack Hodkinson, Tom Cope & Taran Bassie.

Umpires : Hoping Steve Morton & Dave Parr will volunteer to do it .

Unfortunately Not Available to play in this particular Fathom Game are :

Joanne Lovatt & Isha Newman ( Sorry Ladies unfortunately unable to select you both for this game, as Fathom Team / Squad currently oversubscribed, so I am hoping on Saturday 3rd. November 2012 you have a game with Stafford Ladies )

Tristan Pomfrey ( awaiting confirmation of when he can make his fathom debut either by text or e mail )

Alan Snell ( currently injured, will let me know when he is fit to play / available to play his first game of the season for the Fathoms, either by text or e mail )

Carl Dudley ( away for the next 2 Saturdays and also recovering from a shoulder injury, but hoping to be available to play his first game of the season for the Fathoms on Saturday 10th. November 2012, injury permitting, will let me know this either by text or e mail )

Matthew Harrison ( awaiting confirmation of when he can make his fathom debut either by text or e mail )

Any problems or queries regarding any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact me on 07966398190 a.s.a.p. either by text or calling me, otherwise I will see all of you that are down to play for the Fathoms on Saturday 3rd. November 2012 at 9.30am at Beaconside. Please let me have your match fee or annual subs before the game starts / pushes back at 10am.

Stafford Fathom Match Report for Saturday 27th. October 2012 Re : Stafford Fathoms v North Staffs Fathoms

Stafford Fathom Match Report for Saturday 27th. October 2012 ( Re : 10am push back at Beaconside )

Stafford Fathoms 0 v North Staffs Fathoms 8 ( H/T : 0-2 )
( No Scorers this week )

Stafford Fathom Team : Neil Jinks, Matthew Till, Jack Fudger, Peter Chiu, Adam Robinson, Andrew Whitehouse, Chris Pendleton, Rav Singh, Lee Whitelock ( new player ) & Me ( John Sinclair ) ( Captain ) + 5 new junior players of Harry Coltman, Ben Gledhill, Jack Hodkinson, Tom Cope & Taran Bassie.

Umpires : Andrew Peatfield & Steve Morton/ Dan Howe

With Stafford Fathoms actucally finding themselves with a competive game, ( as the last 2 weeks the opposition of Wolverhampton & Whitchurch Fathoms had cried off / cancelled ) they started brightly against their North Staffs counter-parts and up until half time they competed well with a strong and competitive North Staffs side and at half time they found themselves trailing by 2 goals to nil to their North Staffs opponents and at this stage the new junior players of Harry Coltman, Ben Gledhill, Jack Hodkinson, Tom Cope & Taran Bassie who were rotating on and off with some of the established Fathom players of Jack Fudger, Rav Singh, Chris Pendleton, Peter Chiu & Andrew Whitehouse ( who were all playing later for the 4th. Team ), all showed they were coping well on their debuties with the pace and competiveness of the game and new player Lee Whitelock also seemed to be settling in well to his designated midfield role within the Fathom Team.

Unfortunately the second half, changes were made at the back with Adam Robinson and Matthew Till being moving up the field, as they felt they were struggling playing at the back and the new defenders who replaced Adam & Matthew found themselves constantly under pressure, partly due to not getting tight on their opponents when they were attacking and also some of the passing to other players in the team, was a little wayward at times and it meant that Neil Jinks the Fathom Keeper had alot more to deal with than the forwards in his side and at the end of the game this constant pressure of not being able to get the ball out of defence too often, was reflected in the final score line of 8-0. Hopefully next week’s home game a ‘friendly’ against Stafford 4th. Team at Beaconside ( Re : 10am push back ) will be a chance for the Fathom Team to re-group / repair itself from this heavy defeat and to try and sort how to re-format the team so that the defence, midfield and forwards all interlock and play for one another, just like they did 3 weeks ago when they beat Tamworth Fathoms 1-0 away.

For the friendly game next week ( Saturday 3rd. November 2012 ) against Stafford 4ths which is at Beaconside – 10am push-back ,all players who have played for the Fathoms since the start of the season ( which commenced on on Saturday 22nd. September 2012 ), are if available to play, will be selected to play for the Fathom Team, please just texted me on 07966398190 to confirm your availability to play in this game ( please include your name Re : available or not available to play on Saturday 3rd. November in Fathom Team ).If you are available to play in this game, then please ensure you are at Beaconside for 9.30am.

Match Report – Stafford 1st Team v Market Drayton

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.