StaffordHC 1sts (2) v Leamington Spa HC 1sts (1)
Stafford Hockey Club 1st team secured another valuable 3 points last weekend, beating Leamington Spa 2-1. Stafford were able to build on their positive result the week before against Whitchurch, with easily their best performance of the season. Leamington were a very good team, showing the high standard of hockey being played in West Midlands Division 1.
The early stages were quite even, most of the game being played in the midfield, James Gillingham and Ben Hollands breaking down all the oppositions play. Stafford themselves were unable to put any meaningful chances together, until a good move between the Peatfield brothers, saw John just miss from a far post reverse stick shot. Leamingtonthen took the lead when their forward expertly controlled a bouncing ball and slotting it neatly past the advancing Brad Evans in goal.
Stafford were still well and truly in the game and able to win a number of penalty corners, unfortunately Stafford’s routine was not as slick as normal and score remained 1-0 to Leamington. It took a piece of creativity from Adam Kyle before Stafford equalised, Kyle laid the ball beautifully into the path of Dan Howe, Howe slapper the ball powerfully past theLeamingtonkeeper. The score remained 1-1 at half time.
After the breakStaffordwere really able to take control of the game, putting consistent pressure on their opponent’s goal. Andy Peatfield placed a shot on a defenders foot in front of goal, but unfortunately the umpire did not see the infringement andLeamingtoncleared the ball. Staffordtook the lead from a penalty corner, Adam Kyle’s drag flick going straight through the keeper’s legs. Stafford then had to endure a frenetic finish, great tackling from Giles Rowden seeing him receive the man on the match award and some key saves from 15 year old Brad Evans in goal, butStaffordheld firm for a deserved 3 points.
Next week Stafford are away to Solihull Blossomfield,Staffordwill be hoping again to build on their improving form.