Stafford Fathom Match Report for Saturday 24th. November 2012 ( Re : 3:45pm push back ( s/b 3:30 pm push back ) at Alleynes Sport Centre, Stone.
Attached above are 2 action photos taken before half time of the fathom game yesterday against Barlaston Fathoms.
Barlaston Fathoms 2 v Stafford Fathoms 2 ( H/T : 1-0 )
( Scorers : Daniel Rennie & Andrew Whitehouse )
Stafford Fathom Team : Pog ( GK ), Peter Powers, Andrew Whitehouse, Ben Waller, Matthew Till, Sam Gibson, Taran Bassie, Harry Coltman, Jack Hodkinson, Ian Hodkinson, Chris Pendleton, Gareth Minton, Daniel Rennie & Me ( John Sinclair ) ( Captain ).
The Fathom Team arrived at Alleynes Sport Centre, Stone in torrensial pouring rain and to find the pitch they were playing on, exposed to the nasty cold wind that was blowing a gale across it.
Everyone in the fathoms was very much up for the game despite the appalling / atrocious weather conditions and everyone was really wanting to try and improve on last weeks performance / outing against Aldridge & Walsall Fathoms. The team was also bolstered by the trio of Pog ( in goals ) Gareth Minton & Daniel Rennie from the 2nd Team. Like last week, the first 20 minutes of the game saw Barlaston pressing hard to open the Stafford defence up, which was holding up well under the pressure and when Barlaston did manage to get past Stafford Fathoms resolute defence, they unfortunately found Pog in no mood for Stafford’s defence to be breached, as he was stopping everything they hit at him and the forward line of Ben Waller, Andrew Whitehouse & Jack Hodkinson ( who at this stage of the game, was having a really good game ) were also on numerous occasions testing out the opposition’s defence ( Re : some daring runs ). Unfortunately, about half way through the first half, Stafford Fathoms were unable to prevent Barlaston taking the lead and at half time Stafford Fathoms found themselves trailing by this single goal.
The second half, saw Stafford Fathoms determined not to to let the opposition get the better of them, but to push hard for an equaliser and this determination on wanting to get on level terms with their opponents, Barlaston soon paid off, when Daniel Rennie put the ball into the back of the Barlaston goal in order to level the scores at one a piece. Stafford’s defence of Peter Powers, Harry Coltman ( who last week, was having an excellant game and like last week recived the fathoms captain nomination of man of the match ), Jack Hodkinson’s Dad, Ian ( who was playing his first game for the fathoms ) & John Sinclair, then found themselves under quiet a bit of pressure from Barlaston forwards and they did there best not to crumble under this renewed pressure, but unfortunately they were unable to prevent Barlaston re-taking the lead. However, Stafford kept their heads up, despite going 2-1 down and with the game drawing to a close, they mustered up a number of attacks on their opponents, which resulted in Andrew Whitehouse bagging his first goal for the fathoms and making the score line level again at 2-2 and when the final whistle blew a few minutes later, Stafford Fathoms found that their hard work and endeavour had meant they had drawn the game two all with Barlaston Fathoms.
I hope yesterday’s fathom game / result will give all Stafford fathom players confidence and belief they can yet again build on what they have achieved so far, irrespective of previous games scorelines.
Next week ( Saturday 1st. December 2012 ) see the fathoms back at home, as they are down to play Bloxwich Fathoms ( Re : a 10.00 am push back at Beaconside & Players / Team picked to play for the fathom team need to meet at Beaconside at 9.30 am ) the fathoms are yet again looking for a goalkeeper to play for them between the posts for this fathom game on Saturday ( 1st. December 2012 ). ( so if there is anyone who fancies going between the posts for the fathoms this Saturday or in any future games, then please let me know as soon as possible by text on 07966398190 ). Otherwise, the fathom team that played yesterday with the exception of goal scorer Andrew Whitehouse ( due to work commitments ) & Gareth Minton & Daniel Rennie who doubled up from the 2nd. Team, this will more than likely be the fathom team to face Bloxwich Fathoms this Saturday ( 1st. December 2012 ). However, it will also include the return of Tom Cope, Adam Robinson & Tristan Pomfret and after this particular game ( i.e. mid-day ) teas will be available at our Hockey Club for the opposition players of Bloxwich fathoms + our fathom players, so please feel free to come down to club to enjoy chit chat with the opposition & the free food / tea ( paid for by your match fees ).