Stafford Fathom Match Report for Saturday 17th. November 2012 ( Re : 3pm push back at Wolverhampton University – Walsall Campus )
Aldridge & Walsall Fathoms 3 v Stafford Fathoms 0 ( H/T : 3-0 )
( Scorers : None )
Stafford Fathom Team : Jay Mullor ( GK ), Chris Pendleton, Andrew Whitehouse, Ben Waller, Adam Robinson, Matthew Till, Sam Gibson, Taran Bassie, Tom Cope, Harry Coltman, Amjid Mahmood, Ashley Dunn & Me ( John Sinclair ) ( Captain ).
Car Drivers : Andrew Whitehouse, Lynda Gibson ( Sam Gibson’s Mum ), Tom Cope’s Dad & Ashley Dunn.
The Fathom Team arrived nice and early for the Aldridge & Walsall game ( Re : 3pm push back at Wolverhampton University – Walsall Campus ), this early arrival meant it gave them plenty of chance to sort the team out Re : where everyone was going to play and to hype themselves up to trying to improve on last weeks performance / outing against Old Wulfs at Wolverhampton. The team was also bolstered by the Stafford 4th.Team game being cancelled on Saturday morning and that meant they were able to recruit 2 extra players in the form of Jay Mullor and Ashley Dunn. Jay Mullor who until recently was playing in goals for Stafford 1st. & 2nd. Teams was a last minute replacement in goals for the fathoms, as Amjid Mahmood had originally volunteered to go between the posts for the Fathoms for this game, but when Jay became available, Amjid after discussions with the Fathoms Captain agreed to play outfield in order to allow Jay to play in goals for the fathoms. The first 20 minutes of the game saw Aldridge / Walsall pressing hard to open the Stafford defence up, which was holding up well under the pressure and when Aldridge / Walsall did manage to get past Stafford Fathoms resolute defence, they unfortunately found Jay Mullor in sparkling form and showing his years of experience in goals and he was stopping everything they hit at him. An injury half way through the first half to Matthew Till ( who was hit on the knee by an oppostion stick ) had to leave the field of play for treatment and unfortunately he was unable to come back on for the rest of the game, this meant Stafford Fathoms themselves having to re-organise itself Re : his valuable loss in midfield. Not long after Matthew went off with his injury, Stafford Fathoms found themselves going one nil down Re : Aldridge & Walsall scoring from a short corner, which Stafford Fathom’s captain John Sinclair was unlucky not to block / deflect on the line and Aldridge / Walsall then capitalised on taking this lead and by half time they had managed to penetrate Stafford Defence / Keeper on two more occasions, so at half time Stafford Fathoms found themselves trailing by 3 goals to nil.
The second half, saw Stafford Fathoms determined not to to let the opposition get the better of them ( i.e. as what happened in last week’s game against Old Wulfs Fathoms ) and Staffords defence and goalie did not crumble but stood up to what Aldridge / Walsall threw at them and Stafford Fathoms youngsters of Tom Cope, Taran Bassie & especially Harry Coltman ( who was nominated as man of the match by Staffords Fathom Captain ) all got better as the game progressed and this helped the whole team to have a very good second half performance, which nearly lead at the end of the game to Sam Gibson scoring a consolation goal and when the final whistle blew, Stafford Fathoms found that their hard work and endeavour had prevented Aldridge & Walsall adding to their 3 goals they scored in the first half and therefore had also improved on last weeks scoreline of losing 7-1 and again like last week, Stafford Fathoms received praise again from yesterdays opposition, Aldridge & Walsall on how they played and the spirit they played the game in.
I hope yesterday’s fathom game will give all Stafford fathom players confidence and belief that they can build on what they have achieved so far, irrespective of each games scorelines.
Next week ( Saturday 24th. November 2012 ) see the fathoms on the road again, as they are down to play Barlaston Fathoms ( Re : a 3.30pm push back at Alleynes School Sports Centre, Oulton Road, Stone Staffs ST15 8DR ) and with Jay Mullor being picked / chosen to play in goals for 4ths or higher and Amjid Mahmood not being available for this fathom game, the fathoms are again unfortunately looking for a goalkeeper to play for them between the posts for this fathom game on Saturday ( 24th. November 2012 ). Otherwise with the exception of Ashley Dunn more than likely being picked again for Stafford 4ths, the fathom team that played yesterday plus the return of Peter Powers & Jack Hodkinson this will more than likely be the fathom team to face Barlaston Fathoms this Saturday 24th. November 2012. However, those fathom players who didn’t play for fathoms yesterday, the Stafford fathom captain ( if you have not already told him so ) needs to know your availability for this game ( i.e. Ben Gledhill, Tristan Pomfret ) and whether after this particular game if you and all other fathom players are up for going for teas / something to drink Re : the Pheasant Pub, nearby in Old Road.